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I have a new Contributor to the Blog today her name is Elise. Elise Lévêque is a bride to be and blogger who writes for Wedding and Party Store. She can’t wait to add her own DIY touches to her special day. Today Elise is talking us through making Tissue Paper Flowers. These flowers or paper pom poms are SPO poular right now, they are cheep and easy to make and can add a really splash of colour to any wedding.
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Flowers can make a wedding and really translate your chosen theme, but who says they have to cost hundreds of pounds? These paper flowers can be hung from the ceiling, used as table decorations and even appear in the bride’s bouquet – all for a fraction of the price of real flowers.
Paper or artificial flowers are also a more eco-friendly option, as they can be reused and won’t have been imported, dyed preserved like so many cut flowers.
This DIY tutorial shows you how you can make your own ‘pom-pom’ style tissue paper flowers that are so simple to make. Stored carefully in a box or similar, these flowers can be made well in advance of your wedding so why not invite a few friends over for dinner and get crafting!
Step 1) Lay your layers of tissue paper in a neat pile. You could opt for different colours to create a multi-coloured flower, or you could stick to one colour. Remember that the better quality your tissue paper, the less of it you will need. Hold the edge of the paper and begin to fold it back on itself, like a concertina.
Step 2) Continue folding the paper back and forth until you’re left with a long strip about 2.5cm (one inch) wide. Use your scissors to trim each end of the paper – this pattern will give the illusion of individual petals. Shapes to try include a curved point, scalloping or creating an oval.
Step 3) Now pinch the middle of the paper together with your fingers and carefully secure with a pipe cleaner or length of craft wire. Leave enough excess to curl the wire to create a hook – this is what you’ll use to hang the flower once it’s finished.
Step 4) Once the centre of the paper is securely fastened, you can begin to tease the folds apart, creating a set of ‘wings’, as seen in the shot above. Pull each layer of tissue paper upwards, towards the centre of the flower. This will eventually create a pom-pom-like shape.
Step 5) Keep teasing out those layer of tissue paper and repeat on the other side, being careful not to crush the tissue. This is the fiddly stage but will allow you to craft the shape you want. Once you’re happy with the shape of the pom-pom flower, tie a length of invisible fishing wire to the hook you made using your pipe cleaner or craft wire.
Et voilà! Your very own tissue paper flowers! Once you’ve made a few you’ll become a lot faster, and you don’t have to stop at wedding flowers – this DIY idea would also make great Christmas, Easter or birthday decorations. Simply tweak the colours of the tissue paper to create a new ‘species’ of flower!