Facial Tissue Flower
by Joanne Allison
Fold and tie paper tissues together to create a gorgeous flower.
- Facial tissue
- Thread or florist wire
- Strong, sharp scissors
- Marker (Memento Angel Pink used here)
- Flower center (glue dot coated in microbeads used here)
Cut tissue into strips 2" wide. As a regular tissue is about 8", an easy way to do this is to fold it in half, fold each half back on itself and cut along the fold lines.
Stack three of the strips together, discard the last strip.
Concertina fold along the length of the stack – aim for somewhere between 1/4" and 1/2" for your fold.
Wrap thread around the center of the folded piece and tie off (or use florist wire if you find that less fiddly). Trim the thread ends.
Using strong, sharp scissors as there are multiple layers, round off each end of the strip.
Run a marker around the cut ends (any kind of marker will do) and allow a few minutes to dry as the moisture will make the tissue more delicate.
Fan the piece out around the tied center to make a circle.
Gently pull apart the tissue layers (there will be six layers in all).
Add a pretty center to finish the flower. Add a dab of liquid adhesive if you use a glue dot as the base for your center to make sure it stays stuck to the tissue surface.
Use liquid adhesive to add the flower as an embellishment on a card, gift package or other papercrafted project!
- Use florist wire to make long-stemmed flowers and arrange a few in a pretty container – a perfect gift when real flowers are not appropriate (in some hospital situations or where the recipient has allergies, for example).
- Try glitter or flock on a glue dot for a different finish to the center or use a button for a more whimsical look.