Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tissue Paper Flowers

I recently helped organize an event with some teenage girls and we filled the room with bouquets of tissue flowers we made. They are really easy to make and they look real.

To make a basic flower yourself, click here for a tutorial I did on KCRA, the local TV station.

The video shows how to make poppies, but you can make almost any kind of flower just by changing the petal shape and centers. Don't worry about making everything exact. Nature is forgiving, and your flowers will look more real if they aren't perfect.

Try triangular or spiky centers, several layers of different-sized circles, or just a smaller version of the petal shape. For petals, study real flowers. Make sure the petal pieces are thick enough in the middle so the pipe cleaner won't rip through. Here are some ideas:

Klutz press makes a great book on making these flowers, complete with patterns and all the supplies you need. It's called, remarkably, Tissue Paper Flowers.

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