Recently while shopping at two of my favorite boutiques, I discovered the most adorable flowers created with beautiful script tissue paper. One store priced them at $4.95 each while the other store was selling them for $6.50. I figured I could make something similar for far cheaper.
This is my version. The ones in the boutique were better, but I think my creation is a decent runner up.
All I know is, after seeing them in the store, I just had to have some for my own.
I found script tissue paper at Michael’s. I think I paid around $3 for a packet of several sheets.
I already had Martha Stewart’s handy-dandy circle cutter and made 3″ circles.
You can cut through several layers of paper at once in order to save time. I had enough for 6 flowers.
Using a brown sharpie, I drew a line around the edge of each circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
This is the time-consuming part, but it’s also a step that can be skipped if you’re in a hurry.
To make the stem, I used brown floral wire. You could also use pipe cleaners.
Poke your wire up through about 9 layers of circles. Fold over about 1 to 2″ and poke back through.
If you find it hard to make the hole with the wire, you can use a large sewing needle.
The holes should be about 1/4″ apart. Twist the wire around itself under the base of the flower for support.
Now comes the fun part (and yes, I got brown Sharpie on my finger … it’s unavoidable).
Scrunch up each layer of tissue paper and squeeze at the bottom.
Be careful to make sure the paper doesn’t fold and curve the exact same way on each layer.
After scrunching all the layers, lightly fluff them out with your fingers to resemble a carnation.
The florist wire was long so I doubled it up from the bottom and twisted it, which makes it more sturdy.
You could wrap the stem with florist tape if you want to thicken it up.
I cut the leftover script tissue paper into narrow strips, scrunched them, and placed them into the jars.
Then I poked the flower into the jar. The tissue hides the skinny stem.
Making paper flowers sure beats having to buy fresh flowers every week for these little vases.
My cost? Less than $1 per flower. You could easily use a variety of tissue paper colors
to make these for birthdays and special occasions. I think kids would love to make these.