Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Crafting: Tissue Paper Pom-Pom Flowers

Welcome to the first in a new, highly-requested, How-To series! I'm still trying to think of some snappy little title, so that may change one day. Every other Tuesday I'll be bringing you a new project and will cover a broad range of crafts and levels of difficulty. 



This week we're making simple tissue paper pom-pom flowers. I'm highly addicted to making paper flowers of all kinds and will share a variety of others with you in the future but I thought this quick and easy project was a great starter!



What you'll need for one 5" flower:
4 pieces of tissue paper, 10" x 5"
18" piece of thin wire, floral or any other type
Scissors


Stack the four sheets of tissue on top of each other. Make 3/8" accordion folds, creasing after each fold. I find it easiest to make one fold, flip it over, make the other, and repeat, so you are always folding up away from you and it's easy to see.


Fold the 18" piece of wire in half and slip over the center of the folded tissue. Twist the bottom closed. Using sharp scissors, trim the ends of the paper into rounded or pointy shapes. I chose rounded for this one.


Separate the four tissues layers, one at a time until the flower begins to take shape. Depending on what you will use them for, you can keep the bottom flat or you can puff them into a ball for hanging.



You can use these little flowers just about anywhere! I love using them as napkin rings for a summer picnic or when we have guests over. You can use them to decorate a basket or the back of a chair, make a bouquet for a vase or they are beautiful as a bow on a gift.

Try layering different colors of tissue for a beautiful effect or embellishing the centers with buttons or beads. You can also easily make other sizes by starting with different sized tissue. In the future I will show you how to make really big ones to hang from the ceiling. I hope you have fun making these pretty little flowers. I'd love to hear about what uses you find for them!

I'll have a PDF instruction sheet that you can download or print 
available later today.

40 comments:

♥ Lindsay ♥ said...

Well I'll be. . . I was just making these out of coffee filters with my 4 yr old. Love your "grown-up" version!

Marbella Designs said...

This is so pretty and easy too! Thanks

Sydney said...

These are too sweet, I'm definitly using these on gifts and I love your idea as napkin holders!!

Nicole said...

These are just too pretty and they look so easy to make! I am inspired!

Gloria Gomez said...

VERY CUTE!!!

Leila Marvel said...

Very cute, they would be perfect for the front of a basket on your bike. Love it.

Genevieve Gail said...

Super cute! Love that yellow color too. Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

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oh this is beautiful, nicey! bravo! great new series!

Brenda // Phydeaux said...

Totally cute!!!

Janelle said...

i just tried these at work. i couldn't resist. My first was a bust, but my second I made a little bigger and used six sheets and its super cute! Trying to figure out what to do with it...LOL

but will probably make a bunch for my house warming party and hang them from the trellis over my patio

Cottage In The Sun said...

Oh, we used to make giant flowers like this for Fiesta (which just happens to be right now!). Your small ones are much more practical. I am digging out the tissue paper!

Elena (Tickled Pink Knits) said...

Great tutorial. Must try this out, looks so simple and absolutely lovely!

Steph said...

Sweet!
I used to make bouquets of them for mother's day when I was a kid - I had forgotten all about them. Cannot wait to do this with M tomorrow!

scienceandromance said...

bookmarked! i'm using this in my wedding if you don't mind!

thanks so much for sharing it! it's just the kind of thing i was looking for!

lillyella said...

of course I dont mind! You just have to share pictures :)
and Ill be using them too

Rustic Urbanity said...

These are lovely, Thank you for sharing. :)

Kim said...

Oooo, this looks easy enough, and such gorgeous results!! TFS!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

These are so cute, I couldn't help but link to them on my weekly roundup. Thanks! :>)

Megan said...

These are so much fun. We recently made several of these, too, from the same Martha Stewart tutorial. Lovely decorations.

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This is so beautiful. Are you serious it is made of tissue papers...unbelievable. nice work dude.

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Anonymous said...

wow...i never thought of it before

flower Philippine said...

Nice idea! I never try to make a flower tissue before, Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I've got an idea.

-pia-

Rubina said...

Gorgeous work, thank you for sharing this method.

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Jennifer said...

gorgeous Marsha!!!

Gia@ silk flower arrangements said...

Lovely tutorial. For a very creative person like you, ordinary materials can turn into something lovely like this one. The end result looks hard to make if someone has no idea how to make one. Thanks a lot for sharing this tutorial, this sure will help me. I'm an artificial flower enthusiast. :) ~ Gia

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I love what people do with tissue papers and towels in the restaurants and hotels. This is a diversion in an otherwise monotone job. I love your blog by the way.

Florist Sydney said...

I love how you make the paper flower, You made it so simple to make, your technique is easy to follow, with this tutorial, I can sure make one for myself as well. Thanks.

PolkaDot Lighthouse said...

Hi there, thanks for sharing this tutorial. We loved it so much we’ve put a link to it on our blog http://www.polkadotlighthouseuk.blogspot.com along with a few other flower-related items. Thanks again and congratulations for your blog! Olga

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