Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers - The Tutorial!

I made an oversized flower for this tutorial, in hopes that the step-by-step directions are easy to see and understand. I used 8x10 paper here, but used 6x12 for the flowers in my original post.

Measure and cut five sheets of tissue paper (same or different colors.)

Stack them on top of each other.

Fold shortest side of paper (6 inch side) end to end accordian style in approx. 1 inch segments. The finished accordian should measure approx. 1x6inch.

Fold in half so paper stack is now 1x3inch.

Round corners of the non-folded (open) edge.

Cut two triangles diagonally from the folded (closed edge) leaving at least 1/4 inch paper attached in the center.

Open back to original 1x6 folded stack.

Fold a green pipe cleaner in half.

Insert center of tissue paper stack so that the fold in the pipe cleaner overlaps the stack. Twist pipe cleaner to secure.

One side at a time, fan out the paper.

Then *very carefully* separate each layer of tissue, bringing towards the center of the flower.

To make the stem longer, attach another pipe cleaner by twisting it on to the end of the existing one.


Craftpassion said...

This awesome, the flower looks great and pretty.... is this a special type of tissue paper for flower making? If it is, I dont think I can find it here in Malaysia :( Can I substitue it with some sort of thin plastic paper?

Joanne said...

Crepe paper would be a good alternative - but I'm not sure if you have it there, either? Thin plastic paper might work - it needs to be thin, but able to hold folds well.

Let me know what you come up with!

-Nicole- said...

We made flowers similar to these when I was younger using kleenex. That might work...but I love the tissue paper paper because of the vibrant colors.