This is another one of those crafts that I think we all did as children at some point but when done in a more delicate way it can be used as a great hair accessory. Tissue flowers!

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What you need:

  • Several tissues
  • Piece of string/thread
  • Ink/food dye/watery paint
  • Paint brush

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

I’m using cute tissues that have designs stamped on them but you can use regular ones too, the only real requirement is that they be several ply each. Lay a stack or 2-3 tissues out on a table.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Fold the combined edges over around 1cm.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Continue folding back and forth so it forms an accordion shape.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

When you reach the end you should have something like the photo below.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

It can be hard to crease tissues so it’s a good idea to lay it down and run your hands along like this:

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Find the middle by folding it in half…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

And tie it tightly with the thread.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Now from here there are two main ways to continue…

I’ll show you the one on the right first!

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

It should be noted that when I took the photos for these I couldn’t get the colour to show up a reasonable amount so I have photoshopped it to have a lot more contrast and colour so you can really see what’s going on.

Next step is to separate the layers of tissue…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Separate as many of the ply as you can so it flares out like this…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Repeat on the other side…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Now either tear or cut the edges of everything so it looks more like petals. You can cut in different ways depending on the type of flower you like.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

At the moment it looks like a bit ball of tissues…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Now mix up your ink/paint…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

And very carefully touch the paint brush to the tips of the tissues…

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Keep going and it will look something like this! Done!

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Now version two which has lots more colour and looks more like a hibiscus!

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Back to where you’ve just tied the string around the middle, tear or cut the ends of the pleat off to form petals.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Now paint the ends with the ink.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

You can use a lot more than if you were painting one of the ply because it’s thick and won’t disintegrate.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

You can also add a second colour to the middle section if you like.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Leave it to dry and then pull all of the ply apart. Scrunch the middle together and twist slightly.

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

You can shape the outer petals into 5 points to make it look more like a traditional flower. Scrunching the middle is the finishing touch!

Tissue Flowers Tutorial

Now you can add a hair pin or something like that and you’re finished!

This is one I did with some decorative napkins…

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All fluffed up…

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And stuck on a hair pin! This is a super easy thing to do if you’re in need of a quick hair accessory!

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