Let us face it, that very expensive, beautiful arrangement of flowers that adorns the kitchen table is going to die. Even though the florist spent many hours assembling that bouquet, carefully choosing each plant, each leaf accessory, each layer of roses and carnations and tulips and birds of paradise, for all of their gloriously intense color and heady perfumes, it is just going to die.
Tissue paper offers a wonderful and popular alternative to live flowers, and a secret that many people know, they are often more beautiful than living flowers, the living ones that people can spend so much money on. The real kicker is that creating and assembling a wonderful bouquet of tissue flowers is cheaper, longer lasting, and surprisingly not that time consuming to create.
The first step in assembling the perfect tissue paper bouquet is choosing the paper. Tissue paper, also called crepe paper, comes in a plethora of colors, from soft muted pastels to richly saturated hues. With modern manufacturing, the color world is literally at one’s disposal. The choices do not end there. One also has the availability of printed tissue paper to add that unusual or creative accent to the flowers. One can also use many shades of colored paper or one color in the creation of a single flower. The other materials one needs are very simple and easily obtained: scissors, chenille stems, scissors, and a ruler. A chenille stem is another name for pipe cleaners, a staple of crafters and children everywhere.
With all of the materials assembled, the next step moves on to the creation. Take the scissors and cut the tissue paper into rectangles. These will end up being the petals of the flower. Any size can work, but five inches is a good workable starting point. Make fifteen of these. Stack those pieces of paper in a single pile. Next, create folds in the stack of paper using accordion pleats, folding from the long side. The folds can be any size, and should create at least six or seven folded sections. Now, take a chenille stem and place it in the center of the tissue paper rectangles, winding one end around the paper. Take the scissors and trim the ends of the paper into unique shapes for the petals. Gently separate the layers of one side of the tissue paper, and pull the paper towards the middle of the flower. Now do the same for the other side. Leaves at the base of the flower can be created by adding green paper. Once all the paper is pulled up and adjusted, the flower is complete. Add an army of ready helpers and repeat this process for the number of flowers needed to fill a bouquet, just do not add water! A nice finishing touch to give the flowers more lifelike qualities is the gentle application of a small bit of perfume to the head of each flower.
Tissue paper is the thinnest of all papers, and is made with the application of a sizing that allows the paper to retain its form when folded or crinkled. This makes tissue paper extremely forgiving when working it into the desired shapes and forms. Mistakes can easily be converted into other forms, and serve as a platform for unique creative enhancements. A package of tissue paper can contain from twenty five up to a hundred individual sheets of good sized paper, so even one package can go a long way. Add to this the incredible variety of colors and prints available on tissue paper, and a tissue paper bouquet will literally bloom into life, and will never die.
Lisa Merritt writes for www.retailpackaging.com where you can learn more about using packaging materials for decoration.