Brighten any room with this low-cost DIY bouquet. Go beyond the vase and use them to decorate gifts, as centerpieces at a dinner party, as party favors for baby or bridal showers, or to add a homemade touch to birthdays. Choose colors to match your party’s theme or the season. The folding technique is simple, it’s a good craft to enjoy with children.
4 sheets red (or different colored) tissue paper, 6" x 12", for the flower
4 sheets green tissue paper, 6" x 12", for the leaves or greenery
Green pipe cleaner
Color marker (if desired)
Glade® Spray fragrance (if scent is desired)
Cut the red tissue paper into 6" x 12" rectangles and stack in a pile of four sheets.
Keeping the pile together, fold the sheets along the 6" side, making 1" folds back and forth, like a fan. When you are finished, the folded tissue paper should be a rectangle measuring 1" x 6".
Round the four corners off by cutting with a scissors.
Fold the long edge of the pile in half so that it measures 1" x 3". Using the scissors, carefully make 2 diagonal cuts at the fold, each ¼" from the edge, approximately ¼" in length. (Note: be careful that you do not cut the folded tissue paper in half.) Open the fold back to its 1" x 6" shape. The shape should now resemble a bow tie.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the green tissue paper. Instead of step 3 (rounding off the corners), cut three sets of diagonal notches on both ends so that each side appears like a fork.
Repeat step 4 with the green tissue paper.
Fold a green pipe cleaner in half. Then place the folded red tissue paper on top of green tissue paper and fasten together with the folded pipe cleaner. Squeeze the tissue paper in the middle and twist the pipe cleaner around to tightly secure the flower. This step also creates the stem of the flower.
With extreme care, fan out the red paper on both sides of the pipe cleaner. (Be extra gentle so you don’t rip the delicate tissue paper!) Slowly separate each of the four red sheets, gathering each one toward the center. Behold your flower!
To create the leaves, fan out both sides of the lime green paper, but don't separate the sheets as you did with the red paper. You want to leave the leaves thicker.
Gently shape with your hands until you achieve your desired form.
For a delicate scented effect, use Glade® Sprays in the air and then waft your flower through it. (Be careful not to spray directly on the paper as doing that may make it wet.)