When my sister and I were young, we used to turn whole boxes of Kleenex into carnations. We'd fold the tissue paper like an accordion, bind it in the middle, pull up each layer until the flower was nicely fluffed, and then spray it with our mom's perfume.
I can only imagine how thrilled she was to see her Kleenex and perfume be put to such, um, important use.
Now that I'm a parent, I can't stop myself from following the same steps to make tissue paper flowers with my kids (using tissue paper gift wrap instead of Kleenex and skipping that last step). Whenever a birthday rolls around, we whip together a new garland of paper flowers that gets strung above the food table. After the party's over, the garland retires to one of my daughters' rooms, where it adds a festive touch throughout the year.
Tissue paper flowers are easy and inexpensive to make. They can be strung together and hung or used individually on top of presents or party hats. Give these versatile, bold party decorations a try.
|Step 1: Cut the Paper||Step 2: Fold the Paper||Step 3: Tie the Folded Paper||Step 4: Cut the Tips|
|Step 5: Pull the Layers Up||Step 6: Fluff the Ball||Step 7: String the Flowers Together||Step 8: Hang the Garland|
|Alternative Step: Making a Flower Instead of a Ball|
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