We went to west elm on our recent new york trip and they had all kinds of awesome paper flowers there. My favorite were these…
…but they costed six bucks a pop, and also I would have to carry them home on the bus without smushing them in my already too full suitcase. So I examined them and decided to make my own version. Here’s the step by step:
1. Gather supplies. You need tissue paper in your desired colors and floral tape. And that’s it!
2. Ride your bike/walk around looking for sticks. The good news is that they are really easy to find this time of year. The bad news is that people might look at you like you are a loon. I gathered about 20 sticks in total and was able to use about 15 of them.
3. Clean sticks with a damp cloth.
(Step 3b…put on a movie/general conference. This is really easy, but time consuming and potentially boring.)
4. Rip tissue paper into roughly circular shapes. As you can see…
5. pinch the center of the tissue paper and it will form a flower shape. Rip across the top to get rid of any jagged edges.
6. Find the place on the stick where you want your flower to go. I like finding knots/places where leaves might have actually grown. There are usually about five-eight of these per stick.
7. rip your floral tape into skinny strips so it will be as inconspicuous as possible. Wrap tape around the stick and base of the tissue paper flower. Repeat until you have as many flowers as you want.