DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers are beautiful wall accents for dessert tables or any party occasion. Instead of a plain white wall, sassy it up with red, white and black tissue paper and card stock flowers. Here is an easy tutorial that will show you how to create your own blooming beauties.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers
This red blooming beauty is 36″ wide and 36″ tall. The flower is made with 35 sheets of tissue paper, 7 sheets per petal. This flower has 5 petals. The way the flower is folded and trimmed creates the center cluster with a separate tissue paper folded and cut black fringed center blossom. Don’t worry I will show you how to make these. Once you make one, you will want to make more and in different sizes. I will also show you how to make card stock flower petals. I love both kinds and both take about the same amount of time.
These flowers look great behind a dessert table. The festive wall of hand-made tissue and paper flowers will bring great big smiles to your guests gaze a the summer wall garden. Each flower bursts open with red, black or white centerpieces and arranged on the wall touching each other for impact and drama for a dessert table.
The large tissue flowers are made from tissue paper that is accordion pleated, paper clipped and edges cut to resemble flower petals. Each petal is spread open into a blooming flower and glued to a cake board round for support and attached to the wall with Command Strips. For more information on the Black & White with Red Dessert Table go to lizbushong.com.
Before we get started here are few more pictures of tissue and card stock flowers.
Are you inspired yet?
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 1
Materials needed to make one 36″ x 36″ large tissue paper flower
35 sheets of 20 x 26″ wide tissue paper-color of choice- red demonstrated
1 sheet of 20 x 26″ wide tissue paper -black for center of flower
wooden flat ruler
glue gun & glue sticks
large paper clips
12″ round cake boards- used Wilton
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 2
Count out 7 sheets of 20 x 26″ wide tissue paper- color of choice. You will need 35 sheets total, counted and separate 7 sheets into 5 stacks. These stacks are your petals.
Beginning at the 20″ side of tissue paper, fold over a 1″ wide accordion pleat, continue pleating entire piece of tissue paper.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 3
Measure 7 ” from one end of flower and paper clip it. This small 7 ” piece creates the center tight cluster of flowers, not the stamens which will be black tissue paper. With scissors, clip the end round like photo below.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 4
Fan out the cut edge and begin separating each tissue paper sheet, pulling it up and to the center gently. Be careful not to tear the paper. Don’t be concerned if the paper will not go all the way to the paper clip when raising up the sheets. It is thick and don’t force it. You are creating the center cluster. See photo below.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 5
On the opposite end, spread open the tissue paper fan and separate three sheets from the back, this is the outside petal, with scissors, shape edges into a soft curve the width of the fan spread. Repeat this process with the next 2 sheets and then the last 2 sheets. Pull each sheet up and toward the clip just like you did the center cluster. See photo below.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 6
If you make the red tissue flower that has the black center then the red cluster, this is what the accordion pleat would look like. You use 4 sheets of red and 3 sheets of black and pleat together, then repeat steps 3-6. Next you will attach each of the fluffed 5 petals to the cake board with glue gun.
You can make a smaller tissue flower, more of a medium size using 3 fluffed petals glued to a 10″ round cake board. The solid black tissue flower with red center is the medium size.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial-Step 7
Create the stamen. Fold black tissue paper sheet in half and then half again and cut into. Fold one half to equal 3″ wide strip. With scissors, cut 1/4″ wide slits along folded edge of paper. With glue gun, place glue dot on the very end and begin rolling up away from you. Apply glue to the entire long strip and continue rolling until it is completely rolled, this is your center of the flower. Sometimes if I think it is too thin, I will make three of these stamens for the center. TA DA!!!! YOU ARE DONE!
DIY: Card Stock Flowers|Tutorial
Materials needed for one medium sized flower:
25- 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock sheets in shades of red
3-6 x 6 inch black tissue paper for stamen
scissors, glue gun & glue sticks, 10″card board circle- Wilton cake board
Separate 5 sheets of each of 4 shades of red card stock. You will need 2o total. You can add another layer of 5 sheets if desired to make the flower fuller which is good, I only had 20 sheets of paper so I used what I had. The 25 sheets will give you 5 sheets of 5 shades. Photos only show 4 colors of 5 sheets.
Fold one sheet in half, but do not crease the fold, this is to help you cut the petals evenly. You really don’t want a crease down the center of the petal. If you don’t want to fold over, cut your petal your desired shape and then trace the others. See pattern in photo above, you will be making that shape.
Cut 5 sheets into large petals 8 1/2 x 11 with the 11″ side as the flat edge. Cut 5 sheets of the next color only 1″ small all around, repeat this process for all 4 sectioned colors. As photo above illustrates. At this point, cut a 2″ slit on all shaped petals in the middle or center front from the bottom straight edge. See photo below.
Using glue gun, place a glue stream on the right side of the cut center edge. Fold or attach the loose sheet over and on top of the glue stream forming a cup. You have just formed your first petal.
Attach largest petal to cardboard cake round with hot glue. You will bring in the cupped petal about one inch. Continue around the board with all 5 petals. Repeat this step with the next size for second row.
Continue this process until you have the flower almost filled with room for the stamen.
Isn’t is amazing how this looks just like a real flower. Notice the edges are gently curved and the color shades are really adding dimension to the flower. Last step, add the black stamen ( center).
Cut a 6 x 6 inch piece of black tissue paper, fold into 3″ wide strip. Cut 1/4 ” slits on the folded edge, glue loose edge with glue and roll up like a jelly roll. Make 3 stamens so center is full. Apply glue to end of stamen and insert into center of paper flower. TA DA!!!! DONE!
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers
Card stock Cone Flowers Tutorial
Materials needed: 20 – 8 x8 inch squares card stock- your choice of color.
20-6 x 6 inch squares card stock- your choice of color-
40- 4 x 4 inch squares card stock- your choice of color-
3-6 x 6 inch tissue paper for stamen- your choice of color
glue gun and glue sticks, scissors,
This is how I cut my card stock, this is optional of course. Using an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of card stock, I fold one corner to the opposite corner so the edges line up, then cut off the excess paper. It makes a perfect square every time without measuring each sheet. This makes the 8 inch square.
This is the 6 inch square
This is the 4″ square. Notice the white chalk arrows, this is to help you fold corners into the cone shape. You will be folding each cute paper square into a cone shape. When shaped, hot glue the cone edges.
Getting ready to glue in place to form the cone shaped petal.
Ok.. you are on a roll! Ha ha.. keep forming and gluing all squares into the cone shape.
Have you ever seen so many cones? Which they were sugar cones full of chocolate ice cream right about now. YUM!
These are the card cake boards I used for all the flower making in this long tutorial blog post.
Notice I drew a pencil line in the center of the cake board and then across, this is to help with the cone layout. The cones will sometimes fit the quadrants but more likely they will not, so don’t be upset if they don’t line up. It isn’t a big deal. The reason they might not line up is the fact that each cone might be rolled tighter than another. Just like a real fresh flower, not all flowers are the same. I flattened the pointed end where I have the chalk colored in on the photo to show you where it was flattened. This helps keep the cones in place too.
Repeat the gluing process until the first row and board is covered. Repeat second and third rows with same gluing process. You will have to cut the pointed end of the cone the closer you get to the center of the flower so it will lie flat. Take off 1/2 inch to start and then see how it fits your flower. The last step will be to create your tissue paper stamen
All glue messes will be covered with stamen. How are your fingers? I had a few mild burns from the glue gun.. Yikes!
Making the stamen from the tissue paper. 6 x 6 inch piece, folded in half and cut in 1/4″ slices along the folded edge side. Glue loose edge and roll into a jelly roll. Make three of these stamens for the center of your cone flower. Attach stamen to center of cones! Drum roll please!!! YOU are Finished!