Are you in need of something spontaneous and romantic for your valentine's lover? maybe you want to give flowers to your teacher/friend, and roses seem too romantic. well have I got the thing for you! Join me in the process of hand making tissue paper carnations.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- A gluestick (It's easier to work with than tape or bottled glue, but you can use them as substitutes.)
- Red and white tissue paper ( you may want to use other colors, but you'll need a LOT of one. you'll see why later.)
- Floral tape and wire (consult your local florist, if you are confused.)
Step 2: Preparing the Flower
Step 3: Shaping the Future... Petals
then repeat step 2 with your now oval-ish stack of paper. (folding in half) Rotate 45 degress and repeat again. this will give a basic outline for the bending of the paper later, thus giving your flower some uniformity, but only enough to ease our work load.
Step 4: Adding a Pistil
Step 5: Back to the Future, Part 1
Pull the pencil all the way throught the flower, so that just the eraser sticks back into the petals.
Step 6: Back to the Future, Part 2
Step 7: Connecting the Stem
Step 8: Stabilizing the Stem
Step 9: Bulking Up the Stem
gather a long strip of white tissue paper. It should have two layers, for proper girth.
Wrap and twist it tightly around the long floral wire hanging below the flower. snip off any remaining uncovered wire.
Step 10: Adding Chlorophyll
Floral tape doesn't work as normally as other tapes. Firstly, it strecthes, A LOT. The adhesive doesn't seem strong, but it will hold fairly well. And lastly, It is hard to deal with. Use the stretching to your advangtage, letting it grip the paper and pull itself progressively stronger.
Take your floral tape and spiral down the stem, STARTING UP ONTO THE BASE OF THE FLOWER. Otherwise, you'll flower will fall off, and we'll all be sad... When finished taping, puff your flower back up.
Step 11: Go Back and Repeat.
Now that you've got one of these flowers made, You can get to work on the others. Go back and repeat steps 2 - 10.
Step 12: I Caught the Bouqet!
Step 13: Give It to Someone.
This step is self explanatory.