I love flower arrangements for any room, unfortunately I have a cat who likes to knock over any vases I fill with living flowers and I have a tendency to leave them a little too long after their expiration date :( I came across a tutorial on making paper hydrangeas and thought I'd give it a try to help brighten up my tables for just a few bucks!
I found most of my supplies at the Dollar Store making this project fairly cheap. The paper punch was the most expensive at $35, which I used for the hydrangea flowers only. You could always use a stencil and cut out simple circles if you'd prefer to save on money as oppose to time. I made 3 types of flowers for this arrangement; hydrangeas, pompom style and coffee filter flowers. Keep reading for instructions on each!
Tissue Paper Hydrangeas
- tissue paper
- hot glue gun
- styrofoam balls (I used 2" and 2.5" from the Dollar Store)
- giant hole punch or circular stencil& scissors
(I found my hole punch at Michaels)
- sticks or branches for the stem
Punch or cut out some circles (for the smaller styrofoam ball, I needed about 50 circles approximately 3" in diameter and about double that for the larger size) and separate them so that it's easy to grab one layer once you get a dab of glue on the ball.
Some tips I found with using the giant hole punch with tissue paper:
- you can't use too few layers or you won't get a crisp cut along the edges
- putting a folded edge in first makes sure you get the paper right to the back of the punch
Put a small dab of hot glue on the styrofoam ball (I used the low temperature on my hot glue gun so I didn't burn my finger), put the tip of your pointer finger in the centre of one tissue circle and then press that centre down on the glue spot. Hold it for a couple seconds to let it dry then wrap the circle up and around your finger to make soft folds.
Continue gluing tissue circles about 1/2" away from each other until you cover the entire ball. The larger flower I created, I glued the tissue circles too close together (about 1/4" apart) and found they were too squished once I was all done as oppose to getting soft folds in the paper.
Cut a stick or branch the length of the vase you're going to put them in and then some (longer is better so that you can trim them up once you're arranging them all). Put a dab of hot glue on the end of the stick, find a space between the tissue circles and press the stick into the styrofoam ball.
Tissue Paper Pom-Pom style Flowers
- tissue paper (5-15 layers together)
- lightweight wire
- hot glue gun
- stick or branch for stem
Cut a rectangle (my smaller ones were about 7"wide x 11"long and the bigger ones were about 8"wide x 13"long) out of 5-15 layers of tissue paper. The more layers, the fuller your flower will be - but don't use too many layers or you won't be able to cut the ends once they're all folded together.
Accordion fold the paper the entire length of the rectangle. Try not to crease the folds too much, just gently fold them over and hold the ends together.
Wrap some lightweight wire around the centre to secure the folds together.
Cut the ends of the paper to whichever shape you like - rounded edges, pointed edges, etc.
Open up the ends of the folding and start separating the layers of tissue by gently lifting the top layer upwards and moving down through all the layers.
Put some hot glue on the end of a stick/branch and put it in between a fold, close to the wire. Wrap the loose end of the wire around the top of the branch and trim the branch to size.
Coffee Filter Flowers
- coffee filters
- hot glue gun
- stick or branch for the stem
Lay a coffee filter flat and fold 1 at a time in half 4 to 5 times, then cut the edge to a rounded shape (the less folds you do, the less scalloped the edge will be). Fold and cut around 10-15 filters - I used about 13 layers to fill up my flower.
Unfold the filters and poke a whole through the centre of the circle - I use the end of my stick/stem. Leave about 1/2" from the first filter to the top of the stick. Use some hot glue to secure the first filter to the stick.
Continue to layer filters on the stick until you are satisfied with the fullness, stopping about every 3rd layer to put a dab of hot glue around the centre of the filter and press it upwards to the stick. I found this helped the layers to stand up a little as oppose to just laying flat.
You can use any color of tissue paper you can find - I have a bit of a white theme going on in my living room so I kept mine pretty plain.