You will need:
A little bit of tape to finish them off
To make one flower you need two coloured strips each measuring 10 cm x 75cm. The size of the strips will influence the size of the flower petals so feel free to play around with the measurements for more variety. Mix and match the colours between flowers.
Start by rolling up one strip of the tissue. The first roll will be your flower colour. Don’t roll it too tight…you want to be able to fit your pinky finger inside for a good size.
Leave a tail about 7-8cm at the end.
Line up the next strip of tissue (your leaf colour) so that it can be wound onto the roll.
Roll them together so that you have one colour on the outside and another on the inside.
Flatten two thirds of the tube and make a cut at the base of this going across the tube.
(My example looks more like half way but I intended to have the flattened section showing on the right…see?)
The cut should come pretty close to the edge but be careful not to cut all the way through.
On the flattened section cut a curved line from the top edge/corner round to the first cut. You are cutting through many layers of tissue which can be pretty hard going. Be careful not the cut through the narrow area that is created by the first cut.
When this section is folded open it will create a petal/leaf shape.
There will be a few petals/leaves that alternate in colour in the middle of your ‘stack’. Also there will may be some that are cut in half. Pluck them out!
Fold down the leaf colour. You can trim the end to create a point and make a serrated edge. The leaf shape is up to you so experiment!
The same goes for the petal. Here I have rounded it out.
Roll the petals around a pen. Please note that this is a Jumbo Sharpie pen and it’s not that I have freakishly small hands!
Pinch the edges of the petals as they are around the pen.
You should end up with something that looks like this…now for the über fun part!!
By holding the base as shown in the picture and then pulling at the first petal carefully extend the tube to make THIS!
By gently winding the tube tighter the leaves and petals will create a spiral. This is the tricky part. You want to make sure the tube ‘tension’ stays even.
Once you have created a cool spiral you need to push the top back down to its original position…only this time all the leaves and petals are beautifully arranged to create a flower. This part is maybe the hardest bit. Do it slowly taking your time. You may need to adjust the tightness of the tube to allow it to squash down easier.
Once you are done a little sticky tape at the base will hold everything together.
That was fun right?
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make anything exciting with your flowers (headdress, flower arrangement, garland, parade float!) I would LOVE to see pictures of your creations!