Tissue paper flowers originated as a Mexican craft for Cinco de Mayo. These traditional decorations are great for casual parties and celebrations — and they make great teacher gifts, too. Teach your kids how to make them for hours of family fun.
What you need:
- Tissue paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Stack sheets of tissue paper neatly, making sure that the ends, sides and creases meet.
- Fold the stack accordion-style, as if you are creating a paper fan. Each fold should be about one inch wide.
- Fold the fan in half, end to end.
- Place a pipe cleaner on the end of the tissue paper, leaving a little extra to wrap around.
- Staple the pipe cleaner to the tissue paper fan, leaving enough of it for a stem.
- Fold down the pipe cleaner to create a stem and twist.
- Start at the top and begin separating the sheets of tissue paper so they fan out. (Be care not to tear the paper.) Repeat until all sheets are separated.
- Straighten out or adjust the “petals” one at a time as needed to create a flower.
Stack different colors of tissue paper together to create a rainbow garden!
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