Check this post out and make your own tissue paper flower centerpiece!
It’s been very dreary around here lately, super rainy, so I decided to create something ultra bright for the dining room. For less than $5 in materials and about an hour of time, my dining room is looking pretty darn cheery!
Supplies and Materials
You know what’s an underrated crafting supply? Paper! That’s right, paper! It’s cheap, easily accessible, easy to work with, comes in a variety of colors, and you can manipulate it about a million ways. So why not use it to make some flowers? I got this pack of 24 sheets in a variety of colors at the Dollar Tree last time I was there, and it just screamed tissue paper flowers.
The other supplies I used were scissors, a stapler, Elmer’s Glue, hot glue, wood skewers (you know, the ones for the kabobs you were going to make but never did), and a vase. What I’m saying is you probably have all the things to make this hanging around your house already.
Tissue Paper Flower How-to
The first thing you’ll need to do is stack of five sheets of tissue paper. Fold them starting at the edge in an accordian fashion all the way across. Once I did this, I realized that this would be a GIANT flower, so I cut the strip of folded tissue paper in half. I also cut one strip into quarters so that I had a couple different sizes of flowers.
Staple in the center of each strip as pictured.
Then, cut the ends of the strips to shape the ends of your petals. You can cut them any way you want, and I tried several different styles to give you an idea of what you might like.
I found it easiest to separate the layers of tissue paper after I fanned the folds out.
The flower is then formed by lifting each layer of paper towards the center. Crinkle, fluff, fold, and generally shape until you have the desired result.
Hot glue the center of the back of the flower to a skewer to make your stem.
I also made little rose-like flowers by wrapping strips of tissue paper around a skewer. I secured them and manipulated them with Elmer’s Glue, just tacking the paper down wherever I felt it looked nice.
Putting It All Together
I used a pretty owl vase that a friend got me for Christmas (I LOVE owls and have them all over my house!) to put the flowers in. I continued making flowers until I felt the vase was suitably full.
Because things were a bit top-heavy and not sitting right, I had to find a way to anchor the arrangement. I wrapped twine around the skewers to make kind of a bouquet that I could then set in the vase. Instead of tying the twine, I secured it with hot glue so that it would stay tight.
Hint: To get the skewers to stay in place while I wrapped the twine, I used a hair tie!
Now, this method with the skewers tied in place worked well for this vase because it’s not a clear vase and you can’t really see what’s going on inside. Some other options would be to fill the vase with decorative marbles to stick the skewers into or to use foam or cardboard to stick the skewers in to hold them in place. Decorative marbles/rocks and foam can also be found at the Dollar Tree for a reasonable price.
Go Forth and Create!
And voila! Quick and easy centerpiece! I love the fact that these tissue paper flowers are so versatile. You can make tons of different styles, any color you want. You could paint them, put glitter on them. Really the possibilities are endless with tissue paper flowers, and I can definitely see myself updating my centerpiece as the mood strikes and even using tissue paper flowers for different occasions.
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