8 sheets of tissue paper (This one was 20×20, the smaller it is the smaller your flower will be)
thread for hanging
This is the easiest way to make the tissue paper flower. All you have to do is fold it accordian style while making sure all the tissue paper sheets are always aligned and straight up against each other. Fold on the shorter side, making one inch folds. If you make them 1.5 inches the flower will be larger. Keep going back and forth flipping it over after every fold. Remember those paper fans you would make on hot, no air conditioning school days? Well, it’s the exact same method!
Once it is all folded and becomes one strip, carefully fold it in half, length wise, so that the ends meet. This step is to make sure you can get a good crease into the tissue paper middle.
Slip the twist tie into the middle of the crease you made, you can also use a thin guage wire for this step. The remaining ends of the twist tie can be made into a loop for hanging.
After you cut it along you will see that the shape is coming together. If you did have a slip, thats okay, the flower will be spread apart and be very fluffy. No one will notice!
Spread out the folds carefull and try to get them to lie flat. Before you can start pulling the tissue paper apart, put the thread through the twist tie or though the loop if you made one. Make sure you make it longer than you need, it will be hard to get back in there if it is too short.
1/3 of a yard of fabric (cotton)
Something circular to trace
- Sweatshirt (Kensington Market $7)
- Martha Stewart Multi Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint ($2.50)
- Foam Brush
- Contact sheet or any other sticky Paper
- Mod Podge
Cut it out
Place it on the shirt and be sure to get the edges stuck on very very well. I used a glue stick around the edges just to make it extra strong. Because the sweatshirt was cotton I knew the glue wouldn’t stay stuck.
Start Painting! I painted in from all the edges first, and then made my way into the middle. I waited one hour between coats and did two coats.
- 1/3 yard of vinyl or pleather ($5)
- Lining material (on hand)
- Brass Paper fasteners ($3)
- Basic Sewing Supplies
- Sewing Machine
- Ruler/Measuring tape