Full disclosure- I’m not really a Faux Flowers kind of gal. I prefer real flowers, of course, but more importantly, anything that sticks out of a vase is just a disaster waiting to happen for our friend, Cottonball.
I decided to try my hand at tissue paper flowers. Why, you might ask? Well, I’m always looking for projects to make from things that are ubiquitous (and wildly cheap) at thrift shops. I kept seeing outdated sewing patterns at thrift stores…not antique patterns, but rather outdated styles from the ‘80s and early ‘90s (think culottes and corduroy jumpers). They were roughly $1.00/pack… and filled with tissue paper begging to be repurposed.
And let me tell you- making these flowers is super easy and quick, AND I actually love how they look!
First step: cut 8-10 rectangles from your pattern, all roughly the same size, and stack them on top of each other. Each of these rectangles was roughly the size of a sheet of copy/printer paper.
Then, fold accordion-style (starting at one of the shorter ends of your stack) and round off the ends with sharp scissors so it looks like an accordion cigar.
In grade school, you would have used a pipe cleaner for this next step, but any heavier-gauge wire will do. I used some natural-looking floral wire to wrap around the middle of my accordion, leaving a nice length for “stem”.
Now- make like a bustier: Lift and Separate!
Gently form your flower by pulling apart the layers of tissue… truly lifting and separating.
“Fluff” and “crunch” it however you want to in order to create your poofy peony. Then, find yourself a vase and presto- instant flower!
Isn’t that so sweet? I love how the bits of black from the pattern show through here and there. And these flowers are so quick to make, you’ll have an arrangement of them in no time.
And there you go- perfect for upcoming Fall parties…Thanksgiving centerpieces…even weddings!…and wonderfully cheap. Plus, you can recycle your scraps, so it’s like a net-zero project. Love that!