A few weeks ago a friend asked if I could make some Tissue Paper Flowers for her little girls birthday party. I of course said yes. There are TONS and I mean TONS of tutorials online of the ins and outs of Tissue Paper Flowers. There are even videos. My head was spinning.
So, me being, well....me I decided I was just going to have to figure it out on my own and use pieces from each tutorial I looked at. That didn't work! HAHA! So, it was back to the drawing board. Here is what I came up with, this will make a medium sized flower/poof.
Floral Wire or Pipe-Cleaner
Lay 4 pieces of tissue paper out on your work area, lengthwise. Cut right up the middle so you end up with two pieces. Place the stacks on top of each other and begin to fold. You will fold accordion style (like you are making one of those fans we used to make back in the day), with each fold being about an inch wide.
It should look like this when you are done
Using your scissors, cut each edge so it is rounded.
Now take this piece and find the middle, for me it was easier to fold it in half and make a crease. You will then take a piece of wire, at least 12 inches long, and place it around the middle and secure. Make sure the ends of the wire are off to the side of your folded piece.
Now you will begin to unfold the paper. Start on one side and unfold one piece, unfolding toward the wire. On the same side take the other end piece and unfold away from the wire, repeat on other side. It should look like this....
Continue to unfold working back and forth between each side.
When you are all finished unfolding you will start the "fluffing" process. The top part, where the wire is, will not be seen so don't worry about fluffing toward the wire. I like to fluff down, away from the wire, because when you hang the flower that is the main part that will be seen. When you are done fluffing your flower should look like this
You will want to go easy as you unfold each piece, tissue paper tears easily. If a piece does tear just snip it off and continue on.