I can’t believe that it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Check that, I can believe it but my how the time is flying. It feels like just yesterday we rang in the new year.
To help me get into the ‘season of love’, I decided to share one of my many Valentine’s Day crafts with you, my tissue paper flowers.
What you’ll need:
- tissue paper (choose any color you would like)
- pipe cleaners
- circle for tracing (size depends on how big you would like your flowers to be)
First, Grab 4 sheets of red tissue paper and evenly folded them until you end up with approximately a 5 inch by 5 inch square. Then lay your circle (in this case I used the lid of a jar) and trace around the edge.
Second, cut out the circles of tissue paper.( If it’s too thick unfold and do half at a time). You may even want to use a paper clip to hold the circles in place as you cut.
Third, grab 8-10 circles of tissue paper and stack them on top of each other. Take your pipe cleaner and poke it through the center of the circles. Push it through far enough that you can bend it back and poke it back through the other way (doing this prevents any wire being exposed from the pipe cleaners).
Fourth, starting from the tissue paper circle on top, nicely scrunch up the tissue paper, carefully moving along the sides.
Continue to do this with all of the following layers of tissue paper circles. Once you are done, push from the bottom of the pipe cleaner(stem) to make sure your flower looks full and not long.
Fifth, from the under side of the flower, take the green pipe cleaner and pinch it. This makes sure that the tissue paper doesn’t fall down the stem.
QUICK TIP: I spray my tissue paper flowers with hairspray to keep them in place. Seem crazy? It probably is but it seems to work for me!
Now, for a nice way to give or display your new flowers.
I chose to grab a vase(and unless it’s in your budget to buy an expensive vase-shoot for the dollar store) and some 5 inch ribbon that is a white chiffon-type material with silver glitter dots. I didn’t measure the amount of ribbon, just used my best judgement based on the size of my vase and pushed it down into the vase with my scissors.
This gives a nice base to your vase, gives it a little more color and allows you to prop up your flowers easier.
The end result, a nice beautiful arrangement of flowers that cost less than the real things and will probably live a bit longer too.