DIY – How to make Giant Tissue Flower Decorations

Maya’s 1st birthday was as much fun for me as it was for her, maybe more. It was an opportunity for me to finally use some of the skills and experience I use at work for personal enjoyment. DIY (do it yourself’ for those unfamiliar with the term) heaven!

One of the things I made were these giant tissue flowers. I had made poms poms out of tissue years ago and remembered how easy it was. There’s no shortage of DIY videos and tutorials online these days on how to make tissue flowers, including my photo tutorial. As with everything I like things to look thrown together and not too perfect – organic and rustic is my motto for everything!

Easy steps for DIY beautiful giant tissue flowers

You need:

  1. 10 layers of tissue paper – I used one colour but you could always experiment with mixed colours
  2. scissors
  3. piece of wire or string, or rubber band

To make:

1. Take 3 pieces of tissue paper and cut about 10cm off the length. These shorter layers make the centre of the flower.

2. Fold the 3 layers in the accordion style and round off the edges with scissors to create petal shapes. No need to be perfect. 

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3. Unfold and lay them centred on top of the remaining 7 larger layers. 

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4. Now fold all layers together in accordion style with each fold about 2.5 to 3 cm wide. Round off edges as before. 

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5. Fold in half and tie of the centre with either wire or string or band. 

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6. Fan out the folds and starting with the smaller layers on top, carefully separate and pull the tissue paper towards the centre. 

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7. Continue doing this on both sides till all layers have been separated and now you can flatten a little or leave as puffy as you like. 

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8. Take a little of the tissue from the centre and crunch it up to hide the wire. 

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9. Viola! Cheap and easy birthday decorations. 

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I made about 7 of these and stuck it randomly on the walls amongst safari animal cutouts and cardboard butterflies.

 

xx

 

PS. I would love you to come and join my Facebook family for a bit more of Starring Maya fun. Or if you're more of an Instagram person then right this way 🙂 See you around! xxx Shereen

Maya’s birthday planning

My darling little baby unbelievably, is almost one! I know its been said before and every parent will understand, but holy shit time flies! This tiny thing who used to lie in my arms sleeping most of the time, now moves like crazy, she giggles, she laughs, she plays, she talks lots of baby talk….

She turns 1 in 2 weeks and i have a need to throw her gorgeous party. Something to mark the first year of our lives together. And after designing so many fake children’s birthday parties for film I’m so  excited to plan a real one for maya’s 1st.

She won’t care, she’s just coming for the cake. I get this, but it’s one of the joys of being a mummy for me, throwing my kid cute parties. Even when she was born I had a balloon, a cake and a candle for her little party.

The idea is to keep it sweet and simple, with as much DIY as possible to keep it low in cost.

So in 2 weeks, I have to design and create a dress, make cute decorations and a birthday cake. Easy peasy right? I’ll let you know xxx

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She had her very first birthday cake and candle when she was born

 

PS. I would love you to come and join my Facebook family for a bit more of Starring Maya fun. Or if you're more of an Instagram person then right this way 🙂 See you around! xxx Shereen