How to Create a Tussy Mussy to Hang on Pews or Chairs

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Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam cones, 8 or 9 inches tall

  • Paper doilies

  • Glue

  • Artificial flowers

  • Ribbon

  • Stapler

The phrase "tussy mussy" refers both to a small nosegay of flowers and to the cone-shaped holder these bouquets came in. In the Victorian era the holder was typically glass or metal. To create a cheaper, longer lasting version of a tussy mussy, disguise a Styrofoam cone to be the holder and use artificial flowers instead of fresh blossoms. These tussy mussies can be used to decorate pews or chairs at a wedding or other event.


Step 1

Wrap the cone in the paper doily and glue the paper to the Styrofoam. If you wish, glue a picture or other decoration to the front of the cone.

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Step 2

Arrange artificial flowers in the tussy mussy by pushing the stems into the top of the Styrofoam cone

Step 3

Tie a ribbon bow around the flowers.

Step 4

Create a handle or hanger for the tussy mussy by gluing or stapling the ends of a 2-foot ribbon on each side of the cone near the top.