Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made It - Tissue Paper Flowers!

Ever since I saw these tissue paper flowers on Pinterest last year, I've been wanting to make them! I found a tutorial via Pinterest over at Schoolgirl Style, but I was thinking it would cost a ton (okay maybe not a ton, but more than I was willing to spend on something like this) so I kept putting it off. Then I saw Mrs. Banister's post on Instagram and I asked her about them and realized it really wouldn't take too much! I was so excited because they are too cute, colorful, and exactly the type of fun I was looking to add to my classroom decor this year! Here's a quick tutorial if you are interested in making some for yourself! :)

1. I went to our local Dollar General and got 6 packs of tissue paper for $1 each in the bright colors that match my classroom. Each pack had 8 sheets of tissue paper that are 20" x 20". 
 2. To make smaller flowers, I took all 8 sheets of one color out and cut them into fourths. Then I took about 12 of those square sheets for the first flower (the more you use, the fuller it will be and vice versa). 
 3. Then you begin folding the sheets together accordion style. The folds were about 1 - 1.5 inches wide.  
 4. Tie the middle of the folded tissue paper with string, wire, or ribbon. I had some ribbon on hand, so I used that. Don't tie it too tight! It should be somewhat loose where it doesn't wrinkle the tissue paper by the tie.  
 5. Depending on what you want your flower to look like, the next step is to cut the ends. The pink one, I did pointed petals. On the purple one, you see I curved the petals. 

 6. When you are done cutting the edges, fan out both ends of the tissue paper.
 7. Start pulling one layer of the tissue paper up at a time. Be careful and take your time so you don't rip the paper. 
 8. Keep doing this until voila! You have a beautiful fluffly flower! :) 
The purple and green flowers that you see are made out of 12 full sheets (20x20) of tissue paper. The pink and yellow are a quarter of that size which are still a little bigger than my hand. 
Perfect for hanging from the ceiling. I still have a few more to make and I'm also thinking about making some to hang on bulletin boards like you will see in the Schoolgirl Style's tutorial. Very cute! Now go check out the other Monday Made Its over at 4th Grade Frolics!

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  1. I know for a fact that if I tried this it would look nothing like yours! These are awesome!

    For the Love of First Grade

  2. I love your tissue flowers. I just posted about something similar I made with tissue paper. I added a tabel sign and an owl to each tissue pom and made hanging table signs. But, I'm thinking of making some like yours to add a "garden" to one of my walls. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Does your fire code allow that? I got in trouble with the fire marshal last year for having things hanging.

    1. I've never been told I can't. I did it all last year with other stuff like the kids' work and I know many other teachers in my building hang things. I guess I'll just keep doing it until they tell me otherwise! :)

  4. I've been wanting to make those flowers as décor for my classroom. Thanks for showing us how.

    Third Grade Galore

  5. Wow! I have always seen these but never knew how to make them! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten