So, the first thing that I did was a YouTube search on 'How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers' and found this simple tutorial - which you can watch here. I realised that it was quite an easy process, it just takes a little time.
I bought purple tissue paper (Mum's favourite colour) and purple ribbon too. And then I gave it a whirl...
Cut 8 rectangles of tissue paper (just using the folds as the size guide).
I cut 4 light purple and 4 dark purple.
I alternated the colours, ensuring that the light purple (which I wanted in the centre of each flower) was on the bottom.
Concertina fold the stack of paper, along the short side of the rectangle.
|Don't open it up like this - I just wanted to show you that the final peak on each end needs to be UP, not DOWN, so that the flower looks nice and neat. I cut off the end peak if it was pointing down.|
Tie a ribbon in the centre of the folded paper, to hold it in place.
Round the edges to ensure that the petals are a nice shape.
Hold the paper using one hand, fan the ends out to create a flower shape.
Pull up one layer of tissue paper at a time, into the middle of the flower (carefully, as it rips easily!).
Repeat this process until all layers have been separated (this is the time-consuming part).
And now we have a beautiful flower!!
I used one to decorate Mum's presents (and also to decorate my friend Mel's present a few days earlier too!)...
I used them as decorations for each place setting at the dinner table...
I made a big one for the centre of the table...
It looked so pretty!
I also had a play with them, displaying them on my gorgeous new cake stand...
So, now I think I have to make some red ones for my house :)
But if you aren't into crafts and don't have the time/patience to tackle this cheap & easy craft, you can buy absolutely stunning Pom Poms and Flowers from my lovely friend Daneve online at Ah-Tissue. Check out her website here... Her poms and flowers are just amazing!!! I was happy with how mine turned out, but Daneve's are just that professional quality, which is great for those extra-special events.
Happy Birthday Mum! I hope you had a very special birthday - I loved spending the day with you. xxx
You can see more of my paper flowers on these other posts: