These DIY Wedding Tissue Paper Flowers have been imagined, designed and handcrafted by last year’s Great British Sewing Bee winner, Charlotte Newland. Here are two step-by-step projects that teach you how to create giant flowers and a fun floral centrepiece.
“Flowers are an important part of every wedding but they can be really expensive, especially if you want to make a big impact. I’m going to show you some simple-to-make tissue paper flowers that you can use to great effect at a wedding or any occasion.” – Charlotte Newland
Giant Tissue Paper Flowers
You Will Need:
- Tissue Paper Sheets (20” x 30”)
- Floral Wire
1. For a large flower (15 inches across), cut each sheet of tissue paper in half. For a small flower (7.5 inches across), cut each sheet of tissue paper into quarters. You will need a total of eight of these cut sheets for one flower (three dark, three light, and two yellow).
2. Layer your tissue paper sheets on top of each other with the yellow on top. In the example below, I used three sheets of dark pink, three of light pink, and two of yellow.
3. Fold the pile of tissue paper like a fan, pressing down on the edges of each fold firmly with a ruler to make a nice strong crease. Make each fold about 1.5 inches wide.
4. Unfold the paper and remove the yellow sheets. Fold them back into a fan and cut in half.
6. Cut around the ends of the pink folded paper to make a smooth, round shape for the petals.
7. Unfold the yellow paper and place it back on top of the pink sheets, making sure the creases line up.
8. Fold along the crease lines again, then fold the fan of paper in half. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the centre of the fold to secure.
9. Begin carefully pulling the paper layers apart, separating them to make the petals. Scrunch the yellow paper to make the centre of the flower look natural.
10. Make as many flowers as you like, then use them to decorate a wall for a photo backdrop or attach them to the back of chairs.
Fun Floral Tissue Paper Centrepiece
You Will Need:
- Tissue Paper Sheets
- Floral Wire
1. First, choose what colour flower you would like to make, then cut squares of tissue paper. Each large flower (about 6 inches across) uses six 10 inch square sheets, and each small flower (about 4 inches across) uses six 7 inch squares of paper.
2. Lay the pieces of paper on top of each other and fold like a fan. Make each fold about 1 inch wide.
3. Wrap a piece of floral wire around the centre of the folded paper, making sure to leave a long piece to act as a stem.
4. Cut around the ends of the folded paper to shape the petals. You can get different effects depending on the shape of the cut. To make a chrysanthemum, round the ends of the paper and then cut a slit.
5. Pull the layers of paper apart carefully to form the flower.
6. To make a dahlia, cut the ends of the paper into a triangle.
7. Then, gently pull the paper into petals.
8. To make a rose, make wider folds in the paper (1.5 inches rather than 1 inch) then round the ends of the paper with scissors.
9. Again, pull the layers of paper apart carefully to form the petals.
10. Arrange the flowers however you like. I used a selection of vases of different heights to add interest.