I have very little patience for craft projects. If a craft project takes more than 15 minutes, I have no interest in it. So, when I decided I wanted a little decoration to spice up our Spring brunch table, I knew just the project. Seriously you guys, my elementary Spanish teacher taught us uncoordinated elementary schoolers to make these. You can make these too. DIY your face off.
- Tissue paper (6 sheets per flower)
- Floral wire
- Tape (floral tape looks best, but I used regular ‘ol masking tape)
- Scissors (optional)
- Watercolor paint & a brush (optional)
Step 1: Lay out 6 pieces of tissue paper on top of one another and face the short end of the paper towards you.
Step 2: Fold tissue paper accordion style, back and forth, as if you were folding a paper fan. Folds should be about 2-3 inches wide.
Step 3: Optional: Round the edges of the tissue paper with scissors. I didn’t round my edges because I’m a rebel.
Step 4: Gather tissue paper together in the middle with one hand.
Step 5: Take wire and wrap around middle tightly, but not too tight. It will make it difficult to pull the petals out if it is too tight.
Step 6: The hardest part! GENTLY pull the pieces of tissue paper apart to form the flower petals. Do not man-handle the tissue paper! It will tear. I know from experience
Step 7: Wrap tape around the bottom base of your petals to ensure the wire is tightly secured to the flowers.
Step 7: Blammo! You’re done. Continue to Step 8 if you want to color your flowers. If you’re not a fancy man, stop here.
Step 8: If you want a bit more detail to your flowers, you can paint the edges with watercolor paint. This technique is really hard to mess up. Just grab a brush, dip it into some watercolor paint and lightly brush the paint onto the petal edges and in between the petals. Optional: Feel like you are under the Queen of Heart’s orders to paint the roses red!
Step 9: Let dry.
Step 10: Not optional: Frolic in a field of flowers.
Got any questions? Leave ‘em in the comments.