How to Bleach Tips for Paper Tissue Peonies

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Use bleach to add realistic details to your paper peonies.

Tissue paper peonies are simple to assemble with just a few materials. The two most common designs for these flowers start with either scalloped paper rounds or long strips of tissue paper. Both designs create stunning, life-like flowers. Bleaching the tips of the tissue paper before you assemble the flowers gives the finished product a soft, variegated look. Bleaching works best on pastel shades of tissue paper. Bleaching a bright piece of tissue paper will create a harsh line of demarcation.

Things You'll Need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Small bowl
  • Tissue paper
  • Laundry drying rack
  • Baking cooling rack
  • Cookie sheet
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Instructions

  1. Strips

    • 1

      Make a solution of one part chlorine bleach and one part water in a small bowl. Fold the strips of tissue paper in half.

    • 2

      Dip the open edges of the paper -- not the crease -- in the bleach solution for 5 to 10 seconds, depending on the effect you want. Do not leave the paper in the bleach solution for longer than 10 seconds because it will disintegrate.

    • 3

      Shake the paper slightly over the bowl to remove excess solution, being careful that the solution doesn't splash onto other areas of the paper. Open the tissue paper and drape it over the laundry drying rack to dry. Once the tissue paper is dry, you can proceed with making the flowers.

    Scalloped Circles

    • 4

      Place a baking cooling rack in a cookie sheet next to your work area. Make a solution of one part chlorine bleach and one part water in a bowl.

    • 5

      Fold the tissue paper circles in half and again in fourths. Hold the circles by the corner you made during folding and dip them in the bleach solution, again for no more than 10 seconds.

    • 6

      Unfold the circles and set them on the cooling rack to dry. Once they are dry, you can make them into flowers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another option is to dip a cotton swab into the bleach solution and brush the edges of the tissue paper with the swab. This method is more time consuming, but allows for better control.

  • Lay newspapers or paper towels over the work surface to protect it from the bleach.

  • Crumple the tissue paper after it is dried to give the flowers a more realistic look.

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