Deck out your woodland celebration or wedding reception with these gigantic tissue paper flowers. They stylishly and inexpensively cover large areas for a dramatic and breathtaking backdrop.
How to Make The Most Beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers into a Garland
- White Tissue Paper (I used 6 packs from the Dollar Tree to cover the banister in the main project photo)
- Silk Flowers
- White Pipe Cleaners
Tools from Around the Craft Room:
- Hot Glue Gun
- Double-Stick Tape/Poster Tape
You’re going to want flower petals in three sizes – small, medium, and large – so the first step is to cut them out. Take your first pack of tissue paper, open it up and lay it flat on the table (the whole pack). Using scissors, round off all of the corners and slice around all the edge in a flowing, organic wave to make an unsymmetrical, smooth-edged petal. You don’t want even circles, because that would look a bit cartoonish in the end.
Now take your second pack of tissue paper and do the same thing, but this time, bringing your petal size down a few inches to form your “medium” petals.
Repeat for the small petals, bringing the size down even further. You’ll end up with three piles of petals, like in the photo for Step 1. I would recommend giving the tissue paper piles a nice crumple to give them that delicate “poppy petal” look.
Now arrange your petals as in the photo for Step 2, with the large petals on the bottom, the medium petals next, and the small petals centered on the top. The key is to have your petals all overlap in the very center as you move on to Step 3. The color-overlays in the Step 3 photo (bottom) will help you see the layout of the petals.
With one hand, press on the center of the petal arrangement from Step 2, and with the other hand, reach underneath and scrunch the center into a tight wad – making sure that you gather enough to catch at least a small bit of each petal.
Very tightly twist a pipe cleaner around the wad that you just clenched in your hand to cinch it together.
Pop the head off of one of your silk flowers, and using a hot glue gun, apply a generous amount of glue to the base and fix it to the middle of the giant tissue paper flower.
Step 5 – Hanging Them
When it’s time to hang the flowers, use the twisty-ties on the back to attach them to the banister poles, chairs, tent poles, or anywhere you’d like. It helps to have some double-stick tape (or poster tape) on hand to keep the large petals from flopping over in the wind – just a tiny square of tape on the back tip of the top petal did the job nicely for my indoor banister setup!
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