Make Tissue Paper Carnations by learning how to make tissue paper flowers. The tutorial is straightforward and easy to follow; even children can complete it with only minimal assistance from an adult. The ideal gift for Mother’s Day.
Well, I must admit that I need to be more efficient when it comes to blogging….. This photo was taken on Mother’s Day, with my daughter holding the Tissue Carnation she made…. it appears that 24 hours a day is insufficient for me, lol!!
A day before Mother’s Day, she learned how to make tissue paper flowers from her teacher. She returned home and showed me her tissue paper carnations, saying she was going to make some for her grandmother and aunties for the Mother’s Day gathering the next day.
She demonstrated it using white regular tissue paper before painting the flower with multi-color watercolor. It looks colorful but a little difficult, so I suggested she use the leftover colored tissue paper that had been sitting in our cabinet since her last birthday. She is overjoyed because it saves her a lot of time and the red color is perfect for the celebration.
“Can I post this on your blog, Mom? I’d like to share this with your readers…”….” Even though the 2nd Sunday of May has passed, it is never too late to share beautiful things; additionally, some countries celebrate Mother’s Day later this year or perhaps make it for other occasions. If you miss it this year, please bookmark or add this page to your favorites so you can make these Tissue paper Carnations for Mother’s Day next year. So she started working on them and I started taking photos as she went…
She finished three flowers in one hour, including all the pauses for me to take photos, so she gave one to her grandmother (my mother) and two to her aunties (my sister and sister-in-law). Has she forgotten about me???? “Mum, you can always make a better one for yourself!” she said…. “Oh no….but I want one from you?” Poor me, this mummy didn’t get the flower from her daughter. BUT….. I have a belated present from hubby…. a “Super Mom” organic t-shirt.
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- Party tissue paper (red color) – 1 pc
- Floral wire, gauge 18or 20 – 1 pc
- Floral tape – 1 roll
- Strong thread
- Green straw (for the leaves) or you can substitute with green color paper – 2 pcs
- Materials you need for 1 stalk of Tissue Carnation, multiply the number of item 1,2 and 6 with the amount of flower you want to make.
- Cut the tissue paper by the fold-lines. This gives you 4 pieces of 8″ x 8″ double layer party tissue.
- Wad up the tissue paper in your hand tightly until they get really crumpled like mommy’s wrinkles.
- Separate out all layers, so you will have 8 thin crumpled tissue papers.
- Smooth out the tissue and pinch both edges a little as you gather to create small pleats.
- Get all 8 pieces done, align them neatly with the same width together as shown in the picture.
- Grab the center and fold it into halve. Make a little twist will help it to hold in place.
- Bend one of the ends of the floral wire, hook it on the center of the crumpled tissue papers.
- Use a pair of pliers to squeeze or wrench the hook to tighten the tissue papers. This will need a little help from an adult as a girl might not have the strength to do it.
- Cut 2 short lengths of strong thread (about 10″ each), tie in 2 sections for the receptacle.
Squeeze the receptacle area a little and tight it hard. Again, this might need help from an adult. Leave the thread uncut.
- Wrap the receptacle and peduncle or stem with floral tape. Pull the floral tape as you wrap with the adhesive side facing the flower.
- Move down spirally as you wrap the floral wire with the thread in it, add in straw leaves or paper leaves as you move.
- Fluff the flower and make it blooms like a real carnation. DONE!!!
So, easy, even my 7-year-old girl can do it with a little help on wrenching the floral wire and tying the threads.