It’s DIY Tuesday again, and today we’ll be making giant tissue paper flowers. For those of you who were not able to attend, this will be a recap from last week’s DIY class that we held at Uptown Grocery. If you haven’t been able to attend one of our fun DIY classes, register for our blog to get info on upcoming classes. They are a super fun way to spend some quality time with your bridesmaids, and to taste some delicious food from Uptown Grocery. These gorgeous flowers were inspired from a runway show backdrop, which we thought would look absolutely gorgeous at any wedding. Not only is it gorgeous, but the cost of the materials make it very cost effective to make a large amount of these flowers.
- Tissue Paper (2 Colors)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Small Piece of Yarn
- Cardstock Petal Template ( 8” X 9”)
Step One: Using a single sheet of the color you’d like to use for the inner flower, fold it into fourths. Once folded, cut off a section from the top about 1.5 inches in width.
Step Two: Take the section your cut off, and using your piece of yarn tie it in the center. You don’t want to pinch the tissue paper, so tie the yarn loosely.
Step Three: Trim the ends of your tissue paper section into points. This will create a Dahlia type look for the inner section of your flower. You may also round out the ends if you prefer a more Rose/Peony style.
Step Four: Taking your section of tissue paper, bring the ends toward each other going both directions. Once you have done that, very gently pull apart the two layers of tissue, bring them upwards. Then, pinch the opposite end of the flower and twist it to secure the end.
Step Five: Now that the center of the flower is complete, we will start on the outer petals. Taking a single sheet of the second color of tissue paper, fold it into fourths. Place your template on top of the folded paper, and cut out the petal shape. Separate the connected ends, and this should leave you with four separate petals. Repeat this step twice, and you should end up with 12 petals. Using your glue gun, add a dot of glue to the twisted end of the center flower, and attach the end of your large petal to this.
Step Six: Continue to add your petals in a circular motion around the center flower, using a dot of glue each time to secure each petal. Once you’ve added the first four petals, twist the end of the flower to keep your petals in position. Continue to add petals in this same motion, and continue to twist the end of the flower. Once you’ve added all your petals, use a scrap piece of tissue paper and cut out a small rectangle long enough to wrap around the twisted end of the flower. Add a line of glue to the twisted portion of the flower, and secure it all together with the scrap rectangle. Finally fold your petals outward to give your flower a blooming appearance, and Voilà!