i've been home the past 2 days with a really painful pinched nerve or something in my neck - it's making me terribly bored and irritable, so i had to do something creative to get my mind off of it!
i decided to do a little tissue paper flower tutorial, because i thought it might be something you guys would enjoy, and they seem to be all the rage on the internets these days. martha stewart has a craft packet with instructions & supplies on how to make them, but the packet is $25, and i'm pretty sure all that's in there is paper and some wire. my mom taught me how to make these flowers when i was little, so i'm sharin' the love!
here are some images from flickr when i searched for 'tissue paper flowers' - ideas for what to do with your flowers when you are done:
use them as small floral centerpieces for a table:
aaand for my tutorial:
1. buy any type of tissue paper. mine came in a packet of 8 sheets (from target). i also needed heavy duty wire, a pair of regular scissors, and wire-cutters.
2. i cut it into 1/4 just for easy-viewing purposes, but if you want to make a big tissue paper flower, use all of the entire large sheets in the packet. you are going to want to keep all 8 sheets together, and make sure they all line up.
3. fold all of the sheets together fan-style. the more sheets you use, the fluffier and fuller your flower.
4. once your flower is all folded pull the ends together, and...
5. snip off the ends into a half moon shape, so that your flower "petals" are scalloped in the end...
6. get some heavy-duty wire and loop it over the center of the "fan". twist it around itself to create a heavy "stem" for the flower that will hold up well.
7. start un-folding the little "petals" one at a time (carefully!) to create the full, circular flower.
8. done! you can hang it upside down by simply twisting your wire onto a hook or nail coming from the ceiling, or fold the bottom of your wire under to create a stem base.