The kids and I welcomed spring today by making tissue paper flowers. It’s not a new idea, of course, but we enjoyed it.
Here’s what you need:
- Tissue paper (at least two alternating colors, but white is beautiful too)
- A large tracing circle or stencil
- chenille stems
- string or yarn
- pencil or pen
Fold your paper in half (or quarters if you’re feeling adventurous) and trace the circles.
Cut out the circles out – you’ll need 3 of one color and 2 of the second color. Don’t worry about perfect lines – these flowers are very forgiving.
Cut the string or yarn into 4 inch sections. Tie knots on each end. Put three of the strings together and tie a loose knot, but leave an opening in the center.
Time for petals! Poke the chenille stem through the center of the petals and carefully slide them down the stem a few inches. Don’t worry it it’s not perfectly centered. If the kids want to experiment, offset the petals in a triangle around the flower and see how it looks.
Slide the knot of strings on the chenille stem – bend the stem into a hook, and tighten the string knot. Slide a petal up over the hook (leave at least half an inch of stem) and hold the base of the flower while you fluff the petal towards the string. Tape the petal down around the stem.
Slide the rest of the petals up, then hold the base of the last petal and repeat the fluff/tape process. You don’t have to tape it, but my kids are a little rough. Tape helps keep things together!
If you want to, cut a simple leaf out of construction paper and tape it onto the stem. Flower finished! (note, the hole punch didn’t work, but the Engineer just had to try it anyway.)
The white flower turned out to be my favorite!
Happy spring to everyone 🙂