These flowers were so much fun to make and they really turned out pretty, so I thought I would share them here in case anyone else wants to whip up a bouquet of their own. We made these as a group project with five people--two moms and three kids, all three years old but with varying degrees of dexterity. Everyone was able to do all the steps of the project without frusteration, and with beautiful results all around!
Here's a look at how we made them:
Tissue Paper Flowers
supplies: colorful tissue paper, green pipe cleaners
prep: Cut the tissue paper into squares or circles about 3 inches across (it doesn't have to be exact). For each flower you will want about five pieces of tissue in varying colors. I cut all the paper before hand and then just put a pile of squares in the middle of the table for the children to choose from when it was time to get started.
To make the flowers, take the end of a pipe cleaner and gently push it through the center of the tissue paper like in the picture below. For very young children you can hold the tissue pieces taut for them to push the pipe cleaner up and through from below, that makes it very easy to do. When you have all the issue pieces on the stem, bend the top inch of the pipe cleaner into a little loop, and then use your whole hand to crumple all the layers of paper into one big mish-mash. This has the children amused and befuddled the first time they see it done . . .
And we say, "gee that doesn't look like much of a flower, does it?" But wait and see . . . You can gently uncrumple the tissue mish-mash and you will discover a beautiful bloom . . .voila!
If you want to, you can use a dot of glue at the bottom of each bloom to secure everything in place. A little bead pushed up the stem will also do the trick.
For older children and grown-ups, this is a great book about making tissue paper flowers of all kinds. I've used it as a project book with kids ages 6-12 and they loved it and really took off with the ideas. Like the other Klutz books, it comes as a kit with all the supplies, but I noticed that our public library has a copy of just the book part, and the supplies are really easy to find at any craft store. So if you like flowers, check it out! (Does that sound like one of the kids from Reading Rainbow? I was kind of going for that feel. du-dun-dun!)