Learn how to make these beautiful paper flower decorations for your wedding day. Perfect for creating a dramatic wedding backdrop.
What you need:
- Assorted colours of tissue paper
- Fuzzy pipe cleaners
1. Carefully stack approximately 12 sheets of tissue paper, lining up all the edges carefully. We decided to use four yellow for the centre, these are stacked on top, then two or three white sheets and then six sheets of orange. Start to fold all sheets over at the same time in 5cm folds. Now fold back the other way, and repeat accordion style until you have folded all the paper.
2. Unfold all the paper carefully and take out the yellow paper, which will be used for the centre of the flower. Fold the yellow paper back in pleats, then fold the folded paper in half. Trim off half of the unfolded ends.
3. Make 5cm-long cuts into the trimmed edge of the folded yellow paper.
4. Now fold the white and orange sheets back up together and then fold in half. While holding them together, trim the unfolded edges with a rounded edge for your petals. If you find them too thick to trim together, cut half at a time.
5. Carefully unfold all your papers, place them back in their original stacked order and then fold them back up together.
6. Fold all the papers in half and wrap a pipe cleaner through the centre of the folded tissue paper and around. Twist to secure.
7. Start with one side of the yellow paper and gently pull out and fluff up one piece of the tissue. Separate each piece as you work through the layers of the tissue paper. Take your time fluffing them out and be careful not to pull too hard on the papers as they rip easily.
8. Continue on the other side, gently separating and pull up each piece of tissue paper, fluffing it until you have a full flower shape.
Credit: Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, (Jacqui Small, £20)
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