How to Make Carnations Out of Tissue Paper

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Making paper carnations is a wonderfully inexpensive way to decorate for a wedding reception, anniversary party, birthday party or shower. And if you're in need of a rainy-day craft activity for your kids, teaching them to make paper carnations will turn your day from gloomy to bright.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper
  • 22-gauge floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
  • Pinking shears
  • Cut four pieces of tissue paper to a size of 10" x 30".

  • Stack the pieces of tissue paper, with all their edges even.

  • Make 1" accordion folds along the long side of the stacked tissue paper.

  • Cut an 18" length of floral wire and bend it in half.

  • Using the pinking shears, cut across the short ends of the accordion-folded tissue paper.

  • Slip the bent floral wire over the center of the accordion-folded tissue paper. Twist the wire securely.

  • Starting at the center of the paper carnation, pull up, separate and fluff each layer of tissue paper.

  • Stabilize the stem of the paper carnation by wrapping the doubled wire with floral tape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make solid carnations by using one color of tissue paper, or layer different colors for a beautiful, multi-hued effect.
  • Create a unique vintage paper carnation by using old tissue papers from old dress patterns.
  • Alter the size of the tissue-paper rectangles to make larger or smaller carnations.
  • Add a bit of sparkle to the paper carnations by spritzing them with spray glue and sprinkling lightly with glitter.
  • Surprise a teacher or grandma with a beautiful bouquet of paper carnations in her favorite colors. Single carnations are beautiful, but a bouquet makes quite a statement.

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