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You already know I love paper flowers but what about tissue paper flowers? Well truth be told, up until this week I had only ‘made’ the fluff ball ones you can buy from the Dollar Tree. So I decided it was time to try something new.
If you’ve been around for a while you know I’ve been trying to come up with a craft project for every letter of the alphabet. This process began back when my blog was brand new and I still haven’t finished. 😅 In fact, now that I have switched to tutorials and free cut files; I had considered not even bothering with finishing it, but my ‘check-list’ mentality won’t allow that to happen. So, I’ve got to make it official and we might as well say…
T is for Tissue Paper Flowers
Because this is my first time making these flowers, I don’t feel like I can give you a full professional opinion.; I can however, teach you some newbie tricks I learned that may help you.
It is totally possible to cut tissue paper with the rotary blade on a Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4. Do I recommend it? No! It is not the easiest materials to flatten and take on and off the mat. It rips easily. You have to do the layers one at a time, and you don’t actually need it to be that accurate! Just fold your tissue paper up like a paper snowflake and cut away! For each flower, I was able to cut all of my petals in a single snip. It took about thirty seconds and even when the cuts were wonky, the finished product turned out great! I am usually 100% pro cutting machine (seriously, I use it multiple times a day) but for tissue paper flowers, pull the scissors out.
A stapler is your friend. If I didn’t have the powers of the internet, I would have spent hours gluing each little tissue paper flower into place. My hands would have been permanently dyed strange colors and there would have been multiple clumps of tissue in the garbage can. Fortunately though, I saw this little tip and I have to share it with you as well! Once your flowers are cut out, grab the stack and stick a staple right through the middle. You’re going to cover it up with tissue paper anyway!
Does the quality of tissue paper matter? I would say no, the only exception being white. Cheap white tissue is actually fairly gray on it’s own. It can still make for a pretty flower, but it will look different than one done with more costly tissue.
To add dimension to a tissue paper bouquet, do a mixture of both rounded and point petals on your flowers.
If you are making a flower to go on a gift bag, make it on the gift bag! If you try transfering it, you are going to squish it all weird. Line all your cut petals up with the bag and staple through the whole thing. Then fluff.
Need a specific color of tissue? You can dye white tissue with a little water and food coloring! Just make sure you let it dry completely before handling.
Do you have any tissue paper flower tricks? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!