Growing up in a Hispanic community, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo every year. We’d re-enact the battle of 1862, we’d enjoy a huge fiesta (party) with food, games, craft projects, and decorations, and we’d always create tissue paper flowers. Tissue paper flowers made great decorations. We put them in flower pots, use them as streamers, and wear them as accessories.
3 – 6 mm x 12 inch Chenille stem (Item 10166-64)
Red, White and Green Tissue Paper (Item 1192-27) cut as follows:
3 – 5″ x 10″ strips of red tissue paper
3 – 5″ x 10″ strips of white tissue paper
3 – 5″ x 10″ strips of green tissue paper
2 – 1″ x 1″ strips of red tissue paper
2 – 1″ x 1″ strips of white tissue paper
2 – 1″ x 1″ strips of green tissue paper
1 – Aleen’s Tacky Glue (Item AR8-10)
1 – Ruler
1 – Comfort Grip Scissors (Item 1149-17)
Cut tissue paper into nine (9) 5″ x 10″ strips and stack together, alternating between green, white, and red.
Using the 5″ side, fold tissue paper back and forth into 1″ folds.
Grab by chenille stem. Fold the stem around the center of the folds and tie by twisting the shorter end around the longer end.
Fan out the paper folds to create the flower, then gently shape the flower. To fan, start by gently pulling layers apart, starting with the top layer.
Grab another stem and wrap it around the top of the stem, at the base of the flower, then twist it around the entire stem. Repeat with the third stem.
(Editor’s Note: For another method of creating a stem using a bamboo skewer and floral tape, see the Coffee Filter Flower post HERE.)
Spread glue in the center of the flower.
Take a 1″ x 1″ square and wrap it around the end of a paint brush.
Place the square in the center in the center of the flower and release. Continue until you’ve used all 6 squares.
Voila! You’ve just create a fun, festive tissue paper flower.
Now you can use your flower in the Cinco de Mayo Flower Pot craft we featured yesterday– or stay tuned! There’s a festive banner project coming up too!