Tissue Paper Flowers- Roses, Peonies, and Anemones
Mother's Day- is there a better occasion to give a handmade gift? This tutorial is perfect for anyone who has procrastinated their shopping, for those who went the gift card route and want their gift to be a little more substantial, or for anyone who wants to give their mother flowers that won't die a few days later. And if you happen to make a double batch for your own home, no one would blame you.
I made three different types of flowers from tissue paper. I like the variety, but a bunch of one type would also look amazing (and be less work for you.) The nice thing is, tissue paper is relatively inexpensive, so if you mess up it won't hurt too much to try again. But don't worry, real flowers aren't completely perfect or entirely symmetrical so yours don't need to be either. Ignore your inner perfectionist for this one.
hot glue gun
two shades of pink tissue paper
white tissue paper
green tissue paper
green tissue paper
If you don't own a glue gun, you really should. They're so useful and they're really inexpensive!
1. Using the pattern provided (or drawing your own), cut out 10 small petals, 7 of the small-medium petals, 7 of the medium-large petals, and 6 of the largest petals (total of 30 petals) out of pink tissue paper. Cut out two leaves and the base of the flower from green tissue paper.
2. Cut a length of floral wire for the stem of your flower. Bend one end over about 1.5". Twist the end around the stem.
3. Glue the twisted end of the floral wire to the edge of a small petal. Roll up the petal, adding dots of glue as you go to ensure it stays rolled.
4. Glue your first rolled up petal to a second small petal. Roll each side inward and glue in place. Repeat this step with four more petals
5. Curl the edges of the remaining petals by running them against the blade of a pair of scissors (like you can do with ribbon)
6. Glue another small petal to the flower, gluing just the bottom part of the petal so that it will be attached more loosely. Repeat with three more small petals.
7. Start gluing the next size of petals to the flower. Glue the petals so about a third of them is overlapping. Attach a total of seven petals of this size.
8. Attach the seven medium-large sized petals. Once again, overlap the petals slightly.
10. Glue the green base piece to the bottom of the flower.
11. Wrap the floral wire with floral tape.
12. Glue one or two leaves to the stem a couple of inches from the bottom of the flower.
13. Cover the attachment points of the leaves with a little more floral tape.
1. Using the pattern provided (or drawing your own), cut out 8 small petals, 6 of the small-medium petals, 12 of the medium-large petals, and 6 of the largest petals (total of 32 petals) out of pink tissue paper. Cut out two leaves and the base of the flower from green tissue paper.
2. As with the roses, cut a length of floral wire, bend one end over and twist it. Glue the twisted portion to a small petal. Roll up the rest of the petal, adding glue to keep it in place
3. Glue flower to another small petal and roll sides in, gluing them in place. For the remaining small petals, only add glue to the lower portion of the petal.
4. Attach the flower to the center of a small-medium sized petal. Roll in the sides and glue in place. Repeat for remaining petals of this size, rolling them more loosely as you go.
5. Curl the tops of the medium-large and large petals by running them against the blade of a pair of scissors, as you did with the rose petals.
6. Glue the bottom of a medium-large petal to your flower. Roll in the sides and glue in place. If you want your peony to look very different from your rose, I'd recommend gluing the petals on the side that will result in the petal curling inward. The upcoming pictures show the petals curling outward, but I ended up re-curling inward because I preferred that look. It's really up to you, though.
7. Repeat step 6 for the remaining med-large petals, overlapping them as you go.
8. Glue the bottoms of the large sized petals to the flower. These should overlap enough to go around the entire flower once.
9. Attach the green base piece to the bottom of your flower in the same manner as the roses.
10. As with the roses, wrap the stem with floral tape and glue on one or two leaves.
1. Using the pattern provided (or drawing your own), cut out 5 small petals and 5 large petals out of white tissue paper. Cut out the circle and rectangle from black tissue paper. Cut slices along the rectangular piece, as indicated in the pattern. Cut three leaves from green tissue paper.
2. Scrunch up some scrap tissue paper into a small ball. Glue the ball to the center of your black circle. Glue down the sides of the black tissue to completely cover the top and sides (at least) of your ball.
4. Glue one of the small petals to the underside of the ball. Add another small petal, slightly overlapping the first. Repeat with remaining small petals.
5. In the gaps between the small petals, glue a large petal. You should glue 5 large petals total.
6. Glue the three leaves to the stem, just below the flower.
7. Wrap the floral wire with floral tape.
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