When my daughter was really little, she got this unbelievably cool book for her birthday on making Tissue Paper Flowers. I think I made more flowers from that book than she did, and today I just wish I could find that darn thing. The flowers in there were just gorgeous, and included patterns for iris, poppies, marigolds, and just about any specific flower you can think of. Here’s the inside cover, but the book is sadly out of print now.
But really, tissue paper flowers are so easy – they are the ultimate kids craft. You simply can’t mess them up. And the crumplier they are, the prettier they are!
What you Need to Make Tissue Paper Flowers
- Tissue paper
- Green pipe cleaners (I just can’t get used to calling them ‘chenille stems’. Guess I’m old.)
I like to use shades of color that are somewhat similar and closer to nature, to make the flowers look more realistic. You can get tissue paper almost anywhere, but I found a ‘jumbo pack’ at my local Hobby Lobby for $5, and it gives you 20+ colors to use.
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers
For these particular flowers, I used two shades of light blue and a light yellow. You can also add green ‘leaves’ if you want. I cut three pieces of each of the blue petals, and 4 or 5 of the yellow petals. I didn’t use a pattern to cut them out, and you can tell the petals are rather lopsided and ugly. It doesnt’ matter! It makes it look more natural when you’re done! For the yellow circles, I also made cuts towards the center of the circle (you can see them better in the next photo).
Stick the flowers onto the end of the pipe cleaner, largest first, smallest last. If you wanted to put the green leaves on yours, put them on before you put on the petal pieces. I put them on one at a time and made sure the petals didn’t line up with each other, that way the lopsidedness of the cutting magically evens itself out. Bend the top of the pipe cleaner to prevent them from coming off the end.
Next is my daughter’s favorite part – crumple it up! in fact, I like to crumple mine, uncrumple them, and recrumple them up again to make sure they are, erm, well crumpled.
Uncrumple yours and enjoy!