Monday, December 6, 2010

Tissue Paper and Tulle Flower Tutorial.

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 colours if desired), tulle, string and scissors.
Cut two rectangles of each colour 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 colours, 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 centimetres 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 colour 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 savoured (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 favouritism 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.

83 comments:

CBH said...

I loved the flowers. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Leonie said...

those look great made with tulle. I made some recently with tissue .. now will have to make some more with tulle :)

ellie said...

oh, I made some flowers like this for Mishi's fairy birthday earlier this year. They are so fun to do, and it's easy to go a bit over the top with making more and more. (I used tissue, and also magazines and wrapping paper and other papers like that. Tulle would be super lovely).

Amanda said...

Well I would never have guessed that that's how you do it! Thank you so much Kate! I know what I'll be doing today! Loads of love, Amanda xxx

Menopausal musing said...

Breathtakingly pretty. Thank you for the tutorial.

Claire said...

I love it!!

Barbara said...

Oh they are so pretty, if only I had some tulle in my fabric cupboard!
Thank you for inspiring us all.

Aubrey said...

It seems so easy when you show us but I think I might need some private tuition next week!! I hope the boys are better and that Hugo enjoys his afternoon at school, love Mum

spectacularfairywren said...

thanks Kate - looks beautiful - i am going to attempt this tomorrow, include some LED tiny lights and make the STAR for the christmas tree... Hmmmmm

Two Wednesdays said...

Thank you for the tutorial - those flowers are so beautiful - and seem simple enough that even I could make them!

miss lynn said...

love.
love.
love.
so making
these!
bless your
heart for the
grand tutorial!
happy day to
you!

julie said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, amazing idea to add the tulle. Excuse me while I go check out my sewing stash and try to make some of these.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tulle idea. My sister and I used to make these many (and I mean MANY) years ago when we were kids, but we used tissues when you used to be able to get them in a myriad of colors. The multi-ply ones could be separated and they would be beautifully full. They were so much fun to make! Of course, we never had heard of tulle. Ah, my next crafty project is at hand!

Nilla said...

Lovely flowers. Don't seem too hard to do either.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how it would come out if you used only tulle and no tissue paper???

Jennifer said...

LOVE them. Especially the cream and pink one at the top. Thanks for the tutorial, I feel like I need to have a party just so I can make a heap of them to string up. hee hee. x

galoregirl said...

ohh...just lovely! I can't wait to make some and put on the "girls" for my upcoming art fair! the "girls" are my wooden cut out models Ive made to hold my handmade jewelry!
thanx for them tutorial!
san

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

How lovely! Adding the tulle to the tissue paper just adds such elegance!

My first time visit... enjoyed very much!!

Sherri Cassara said...

I just found you through, "a gift-wrapped life" .. I really love these - the tulle makes such a great addition! I will definitely be making these - so pretty!

Slim Paley said...

So pretty! and the best part; looks easy, and open to endless possibilities- I'm going to try making some.
thanks!

PS. Found you thru one of my favourite blogs;
A Gift Wrapped Life :)

Best wishes,
SP

Scarletomy said...

I found your tutorial on Pinterest.com- Very nicely done! Bravo!

Marlyn said...

Thank you so much for sharing. As everone said the flowers are beautiful. I'm so glad to meet you. I traveled to Tasmania and Australia last December.
My daughter was there doing an internship as dairy calving manager on a farm in Rianna. I fell in love woth Tasmania. It is undoubtably the most beautiful place on earth. It is so clean and pure natural. I hope you will send more of your beautiful
creations.

Christine Hooker said...

Thanks to Slim Paley for the link to your site! I remember hundreds of these made with Kleenex, decorated with nail polish. I'll use this for a craft at my granddaughter's birthday party! The kids will love them to go with their hula skirts & leis. Great find!

Cheryl said...

Your tulle flowers are wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial. I just became a new follower.

The South African Kiwis said...

Love this! Visiting from Pinterest :)

Ann On and On... said...

I will definitely try this...thanks!

MYPINKRAINBOW said...

they are beautiful , omg who would a thunk that tulle would well make it such a wonderful flower i love it and i thank you for sharing that with the world i certainly appreciate it , have a pink rainbow day
georgia from ohio

Diana said...

can't stop making these, it's addictively simple! I'll make lots and lots for my wedding. thank you so much!

needlekrafter said...

this is so lovely! it'd make a beautiful bow for a gift. thanks for sharing how to do this. :)

The Little Red Shop said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the sweet tutorial!

: )

Julie M.

Janela do Sóton said...

I am a Brazilian woman and loved her blog.Eu have two daughters and five grandchildren who live in the new zealand.desculpe if my English is not good but I had to use google .... good day to voce.Yone
I like your tutorial.tanks

Kaye said...

After endless searching for flowers to make for my Mothers Birthday Celebration, I'm so very thankful I saw your BEAUTIFUL FLOWER! And it was so easy & fun to make, they are going to look Great! So Grateful, God Bless!

Maria Shaikh said...

These are gorgeous
Maria

Tammi said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing it! Also, love your down to earth sense of humor...it made me relax after a somewhat hexic day. (:

Jen said...

Oh, these are so beautiful. I've made these before with just tissue paper but I like the Tull addition. I will be making these for my little girl. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co said...

this is an absolutely fabulous tutorial!!! found you via pinterest and will definitely be giving these flower-making-thing a try!!! :) Thanks for the tips!

jonahliza said...

these are lovely. cant wait to make some for gift toppers <3

RobinfromCA said...

I just found this via Pinterest! Tulle is my favorite thing! Thank you!!

Dena said...

Would this work with just fabric? I'd like to make a hairbow and I think the tissue paper would hold up over time.

Kristy said...

cant wait to try :D

oh and love your term 'zshoozshing' gave ma a good laugh;)

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Kate

What a wonderful flower - I've made tissue paper ones before but didn't think to add the tulle - these are stunners and I'm going to give them a try. I happened to come across you from another person on Pinterest - keep meaning to join that myself - gosh would I ever get any crafting done with all the wonderful creations....

Anyway take care and I will be back soon.

Tina
XX

agapephoto said...

I love your spunk and wit. I also love the tutorial, but your comments make it especially entertaining. Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the tutorial are the "extra" comments! You made me laugh and taught me how to make a beautiful paper flower!

chopsticklady said...

The flowers remind me of sea urchins - cute!

All Artful said...

Just found these on pinterest and made one - love the 10 minute or less crafts!!! but this is going to lead me to making at least 15 to go on my daughters wall :). We'll see, in my head it looks pretty :).

Stephanie @ All Artful

Shannon said...

"zshoozshing" how cute is that! May have to borrow your word--it so aptly discribes many crafts!

Jamie @ Sew Rockin' said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured your project today on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" on my blog Sew Rockin'. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://wp.me/p1VAkT-bU

Awesome job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Jamie

Anonymous said...

I used to make these all the time as a kid out of Kleenex. It was just a little something my mom taught me & my little sister. I never thought of doing it like this! Thanks!

Chrissy said...

I came across this post on pinterest. I love them! I have sooooo much tissue paper in my stash supply because I hoard it after presents and birthdays! Thank you for sharing!

Stacy@{share and remember} said...

These are just gorgeous! The pink one looks like a peony. I think I'll make one for decorating a gift.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to try one!

Alice said...

I just made some with white and gold tissue with white tulle.....they look great! I'll be making lots more to form an aisle in my outdoor wedding.
Thankyou for your fun and easy to follow instructions :)

Promise said...

Can you use ONLY Tulle, instead of a tulle/tissue combo?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, your flowers and mind are lovely. Will be making some soon.

Anonymous said...

"Zshoozshing!" What a witty person you are! Thanks for the lovely tutorial. It made me smile. AB

Olivia said...

Thanks Kate! I would have never thought of using tulle, I love it! I'll making some for my 4 year olds b- day in the summer

Anonymous said...

Love them, kinda like making paper flowers when I was a kid, or for floats...... going to try them and use for wrapping gifts...... thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Oh and by the way...you're hilarious!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful and you are very funny!

janet said...

You are hysterical! Thank you very much can't wait to try this.
thanks!

Thi said...

Very talented and creative! Love the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful. I love them.
Thanks for the instructions.

Anonymous said...

These are awesome going to try them for possible bridal decorations but with fabric instead of the tissue paper. They are just lovely... Pinterest is awesome...

Hampton Roads Portrait and Wedding Photographer, LaKaye Mbah said...

I just found you on pinterest. Awesome tutorial! I just bought some tulle and had no idea what I was going to do with it for my little girl's party. So glad I found this.

Camille said...

Oooo! Thank YOU thank you. I am trying to make a tulle flower belt...and this is perfecccctttttt. Cheers. I will try to remember to share it w/ you when it is completed!

Michelle said...

this is fabulous, thanks!!!!

Gisèle said...

Beauty and humor; unbeatable...off to try this out....thanks SO much...

Waseem said...

Nice tutorial...easy to follow...I love the flower.


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Kate said...

Just found this on Pinterest! I love it...definitely gonna make some... gee I wish Texas wasn't so far from NZ...I know we could have tea and be friends! Kate~

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tutorial!!! Can't wait to try this!!

Alison Fujii said...

I want to try this with JUST tulle so it will be more durable and I can wear them a lot!

Lauren N. said...

So can you just use rulle? My sister has an amazing amount left over from her weddingand could use some ideas on what to do with it?

katedouglasiam said...

Loved your humor. I think we'd all be the same after being home all day with kids. :) Thanks for the idea! I can't wait to try it!!

Lacey said...

I found this tutorial on Pinterest. These are so beautiful! These seem like they would be perfect as the centerpiece of a fascinator.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha that was the best instructions i have ever read. Sooo funny. I will definitely be making these for my sisters 30th garden party!!!

litsje said...

One of my next time do's

Carol said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely try this! I love arts and crafts! :-)

Eva said...

I don't understand what zchoozching means ...
(sorry I'm french ;) )

Katie said...

Love this tutorial! I just want to let you know that I found the same photos on a different blog...http://www.molliemakes.com/projects/how-to-make-paper-and-tulle-flowers/

not sure if you knew that. Thanks!

BeachBaby said...

Great tutorial! I'm gonna give this a try this next week. Thanks for sharing.

maha said...

Cn u plzz tell hw to tie with string..the two ends were nt gathered as u showed in pic

Kristi O'Neil said...

I hope to try this soon. I'm getting my arsenal of ideas ready so I can create my master plan, buy materials, and then the flower-making extravaganza shall commence!!

Tamshaw said...

Like everyone else,I agree. ~ these are lovely. I have made tissue flowers,but adding tulle adds a nice bit of texture. Thank you for sharing. :)

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