Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers
|Making colorful paper flowers is a tradition in Mexico on Cinco de Mayo or the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). Craft these cheerful flowers as part of a Mexican-themed lesson or event, or make a bouquet to give as a gift or use as lovely room decoration.||
|1.||Cut 6 to 8 sheets of tissue paper to approximately 7 x11 inches. You can use a single color or different colors of tissue paper.
*The more sheets you use, the fluffier your flower will be.
|2.||Pile the sheets together. Make a ¾ inch fold on one short side of the rectangle. This will define the width of the folds in the succeeding steps.|
|3.||Fold the paper accordion-style (back-and-forth folding).|
|4.||Trim off any excess paper after the last fold.|
|5.||Round out both ends of the folded paper.|
|6.||Tie a pipe cleaner around the center of the folded paper.|
|7.||Spread open one side of the folded paper so that it opens up like a fan.|
|8.||To create the flower petals, slowly separate each layer of tissue toward the top center of the flower.|
|9.||Work your way one layer at a time until you've separated all the layers on one side of the pipe cleaner.|
|10.||Next, open up the opposite side like a fan.|
|11.||Separate the tissue and bring it towards the center one layer at a time, just as you did in Step 9.|
|12.||Once all the layers of tissue have been separated, you'll see how pretty and fluffy your paper bloom is.
Wear the flower as a gorgeous hair accent by twisting the pipe cleaner ends around a hair clip, headband or hair elastic. It's perfect for a Spanish-inspired attire or a springtime look!
You can also make it into a flower napkin ring by twisting the pipe cleaner around a rolled napkin.
|13.||If you wish to add a stem, coil the ends of the pipe cleaner around a dowel or chopstick. Further wrap a tape around the pipe cleaner to hold it in place.
Put several of these stemmed flowers in a vase or basket for a lovely flower arrangement.