Tissue paper flowers are colorful and festive. They are great decorations for celebrations, parties and festivals. They are so easy to make that children can enjoy the craft with adult supervision.
Unfold two sheets of tissue paper to full size. Cut in half lengthwise. Cut the two halves in half. You will now have eight rectangular quarter sheets.
Layer the eight sheets one on top of the other in a pile as evenly as possible. Slowly fan fold the pile in 1/2- to 1-inch-wide folds.
Pinch the middle between your fingers. Take an 18-inch piece of florist wire or a chenille stem and wrap it tightly around the center. Twist the wire to secure the bundle.
Cut the ends in a curved or rounded shape. This gives shape to the flower and will make it look like a peony.
Carefully pull the layers apart, starting with the center and working your way through to the outside of the shape. You may need to do some trimming to round out any rough corners that didn't get cut the first time.
Wrap the wire stem with floral tape for a more finished look, if desired. Start at the top near the paper and work your way down. Add greenery, if desired. Simply cut a leaf shape out of green tissue paper. Place the leaf against the stem wire, experimenting until it is in position under the tissue paper flower in the area that looks right to you. Hold one end against the wire stem and wrap it with floral tape until securely attaching the leaf to the stem. Have fun decorating with or giving these colorful large tissue paper flowers to others.
Mix colors in a flower for impact. You can make flowers from four quarter sheets of paper in one color for less "full" blossoms. For a supersize flower, use 10 half sheets of tissue paper. Go slowly since this will be more cumbersome to fan-fold and separate.
If working with children, be careful with wire around eyes. Wire also has the potential to cut little fingers if the ends are sharp or jagged.