Tissue Paper and Tulle Flower Tutorial.

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Well, here it is – a tutorial on how to make a tissue paper flower (with tulle). Good luck and please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section if anything is unclear.
First of all, assemble your stuff – tissue paper (2 colors if desired), tulle, string and scissors.
Cut two rectangles of each color and two rectangles of tulle. The flower I have made used 38cm x 25.5cm sheets but it doesn’t really matter, just so long as the pieces are all rectangular and of the same size.

Lay the six sheets on top of each other. If you are using colors, I tend to put the darker sheets on the bottom, lighter ones in the middle and tulle on top however, living in the creative world we do, don’t let me stifle you. Line up their edges and begin to fold them back and forth in a concertina. My folds were about three centimeters wide but once again, don’t let me rain on your parade.

Once the folding is complete, bend it in half like a fan and tie it tightly (so that it gathers) in the middle with string

Snip the ends with scissors to make a petal shape.

Fan out one side into a half circle.

Then, delicately begin separating the layers, taking care not to ruin the pleats or tear the tissue paper (when this happens, don’t cry… I sort of just shove it back in and hope no one notices).

Continue separating and

Lifting and zshoozshing (an extremely technical term that may or may not have or have originated in 23BC China… or maybe just two minutes ago).

Unfurl the other side and continue in the same way, separating, lifting and zshoozshing.

Finally, use your hands to gently scrunch (I am now just thinking what… use your hands as opposed to your mouth… as though you need advice to prevent you from making your tissue paper soggy and unusable) and zshoozsh to manipulate it into a pleasingly floral shape (but once again, don’t let my need for a chaotic symmetry suppress your inner urges – if you want it to sprout in one particular direction, don’t let me tell you it is not regular enough).
And then you are done!!!

Now you can go crazy with any color you like. The above two have eight layers of tissue rather than six… there are all sorts of crazy ways you can go so get folding and have fun.
p.s. Can you tell that I have been at home with two little boys today, none of us very well. Maybe I have been just a little too excited communicating to the outside world, but you know, some days are long and the good bits have to be savored (the writing and taking photos bit… not the explaining why you can only have antibiotics when it is prescribed to you and it is not favoritism that Archie (bronchitis) gets to have pink liquid and the other one (sore throat) gets to have none. It really doesn’t smell very nice anyway.
Lots of love, Kate xxooxxooxx.

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Greedy For Colour: Tissue Paper and Tulle Flower Tutorial.

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  • Reply Courtney McAulay

    Gorgeous! You are very talented! Thanks so much for stopping by at The Crazy Cute Link Party! Looking forward to seeing you next week!


  • Reply michele

    so gorgeous! found you via HOH.

    hope you'll visit me and my giveaway:



  • Reply Marilyn

    This is so unique and lovely.. Very creative.. LOVE IT.. I would LOVE to have you link it to my linky party going on today – Pin'Inspirational Thursdays over at The ArtsyGirl Connection – TY :)) Link is -http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/pinspirations-pinterest-inspirational.html ps: officially following ya :))

  • Reply Wray Sist3rs

    Wow! Those are so gorgeous. I love all of the differnt colors and textures!



  • Reply Stuff and Nonsense

    i love how full and fluffy
    these look with the tulle added in

    thanks for sharing the creativity
    at fridays unfolded!


  • Reply Shabby chic Sandy

    That looks so easy and I love the tulle! I will try this one:)

  • Reply Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    Sooo cute!! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  • Reply South Bay Studio

    You made this look so simple, especially the zshoozshing. And thanks for reminding me not to use my mouth. I use it to open so many things. That is, when my foot is not in it. 😛

  • Reply Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR

    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my home office!! I'm glad you led me back here to you!! These tulle flowers are great!! So creative!! I am now your newest follower, and I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!!

  • Reply Meg

    Oh, I love it! Those look beautiful, great tutorial as well. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Rhinestone Beagle

    Love this so much that its one of our features for this week’s Doggone Dirty Craftin! Come by and grab a featured button.

  • Reply Peekadot

    Great way to combine and I love the way you were able to play with color.

  • Reply Sandy Ang

    how pretty !

  • Reply INKpressive

    Wow! This project is sooo pretty… truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Thank you also for visiting my blog.


  • Reply Peggy Gonzales

    This is so pretty, reminds me of a water lily. Thanks for the tute.

  • Reply Maria


    I absolutely love the flowers!

    I have been truing to pin it but some reason it won’t ‘stick’?

    Any ideas?

    Happy crafting! 🙂

    • Reply admin

      I think it’s fixed now. I recently transferred to WordPress & have to update the photo in each of my posts. Thanks for pinning 🙂

  • Reply Tara Stafford

    I can’t wait to try and make this!

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