Tissue Paper Valentine Flowers

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

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Flowers and Valentine’s Day are a perfect match. I love flowers, especially in my garden, but since we can’t grow our own in this polar vortex, Sophia and I decided to make our own.

We had all the supplies on hand. I’m one of those people who cannot throw perfectly good tissue paper away, so we have more of it than I’d like to admit.  For our valentine flowers, we made a slight dent in the pink and red.  The only other thing needed for these fluffy flowers is a few pipe cleaners and since we’re a crafty family, we had a few on hand ;D.

2kids-TissuePaperFlowers9Our flowers are now a part of our ‘Valentine Wonderland’ as Soph calls it. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
-Tissue Paper
-Pipe Cleaners
– Scissors

Step 1 – Stack and Fold Tissue Paper
Layer several pieces of tissue paper–4 to 6 or more. The more you use the fluffier your flower will be.  Then just fold it like an accordion from one end to the other.  This is a good job for kids from pre-school age on up.

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Step 2 – Wrap Tissue Paper with Pipe Cleaner
Once your folding is complete, take your pipe cleaner and wrap it round the middle of the folded paper like in the picture below.

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Step 3 – Shape Tissue Paper Edges
If you want your flower to have squarish edges, you can skip this step; but, if you’d prefer a different look, trim both edges of your folded tissue paper to a shape.  We like points our a rounded look.  The picture above is an example of pointed tips.

Step 4 – Unfold Tissue Paper
Now it’s time for the fun part, unwrapping your flower.  Slowly peel up each piece of tissue paper like in the picture below.

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Step 5 – Fluff Flower
After you’ve gotten the tissue paper all unpeeled, fluff up your flower to get it into the shape you want.  Here are two of our flowers as examples.

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Once you’ve got all your flowers made, you can put them in a vase or make a bouquet to get them to your Valentine!

Happy Valentine’s Everyone!

Kelly, Alex and Sophia

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