Today I have another crafty type blog post for you. A guide on how to make DIY paper flowers using tissue paper.
The past weekend I got creative and had a few projects on the go. This one is part of a bigger project, but tissue paper flowers are so versatile and can be used for various decorations.
I wasn’t sure whether another crafty type post would go down well, but I asked and you answered with a resounding yes! I want to say thank you to those that voted in my mini twitter poll and Instagram stories poll.
DIY Paper Flowers
So what are DIY paper flowers? Well, they are flowers made of paper basically. These ones are made of tissue paper, however, there are other varieties that are made out of thicker ‘normal’ paper. The basic idea is that they are moulded into the shape of a flower.
Now, I did a basic structure with the tissue paper, varying the sizes. I tried a few different ways of crafting these to create different petal shapes. I must admit some were more successful than others! There are much more intricate ways of creating the flowers, with this probably being one of the simpler methods. I think a lot of the flowers I made looked like carnations and peonies. I also tried to keep the flowers ‘on brand’ so chose white, pink and teal coloured tissue paper.
How to make DIY Paper Flowers:
To make these flowers, all you need is tissue paper and clear thread (you can use any thread but clear looks best). These flowers do not have a stem, but you can head to any craft store to find the green twine style stems to use instead of the clear thread. You may also need scissors to cut you tissue papper into different sizes.
As I have said above these flowers use tissue paper, and there is so much variety out there to buy. Now, it does depend on how many flowers you are making to the amount of tissue paper you need. Most of the flowers I made use 4 or 5 layers of tissue. I bought this pink colour*, teal colour*, and white colour* tissue paper for making my DIY paper flowers. They were no more than £5 each with delivery, and I have more than plenty left over for other crafts or gift wrapping.
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The tissue paper can be cut into varying sized rectangles. The larger the rectangle, the larger the flower, and the smaller the rectangle, the smaller the flower. It is that simple. Just to note, with the smaller rectangle it may become a little fiddly, so if you are doing this with little ones, or have problems with your hands it may be a little trickier. The fiddle is totally worth it though!
Step 1 – Folding the Tissue Paper
So, you have cut your tissue paper into rectangles, now comes the fun part of folding. You want to concertina fold your paper, otherwise known as an accordion fold, or zig-zag fold. I would recommend folding at the thinner/smaller edge of the paper, as I found folding length ways did not make for very nice petals and were harder to mould into a flower. However, experiment and see which you prefer.
Step 2 – Tie in the middle
Now, you have folded it is time to grab your thread. Cut a decent length of the thread and tie this around the middle of your folded tissue paper. It is best to have enough thread to make the tying easier, as it is really fiddly and can be difficult if the thread is too short. Also, the clear thread can be a bit of a nightmare to tie sometimes. Once tied, cut off any of the loose ends so they are not too long.
Following doing this, you can snip the edges/end of your folded tissue paper to create a pattern, like rounding the edges or making them pointy. This will give your ‘petals’ a different shape. I didn’t do this and left my tissue, although next time I think I will experiment!
Step 3 – Unfold
This is the fun part now, and the part I find the most relaxing. You can sort of go into autopilot mode with this, especially if you are making lots of DIY paper flowers. Anyway, gently pull your folded paper outwards, so that it looks a bit like a bow. You then want to select one edge, and one layer and bring this upwards and in towards the centre of the paper. Repeat this step but with the other side, repeating until you have no more layers left.
You should now have a tissue paper flower! From here you can leave it as it is, or fluff some more, whatever takes your fancy and preferred design.
Don’t they look great? Simple and easy right? I love how they have turned out, simple but effective. These will be a perfect edition for any blog photos as props, or as general decorations around the home. I think they would look fab at a party or wedding too!
Have you made DIY paper flowers before? How did they turn out for you? Let me know in the comments below!
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