4
Sep

We’re delighted to have Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt share her tissue paper flower DIY inspired by our Sweet Flora party invitations with our readers today.

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If you have ever made the standard tissue paper pom, you know it is super easy and pretty quick. If you assemble an army, or start early, you really can make a whole ton for a party or a backdrop. I’ve been there. I know it can take a whole lot of fluffing. I’m a mom of two boys, I don’t have time for that. Besides, the traditional method is great for hanging poms, but what if you just want a backdrop, all that tissue paper can get heavy and expensive.For my recent crafting party, I wanted to replicate the Sweet Flora invitations with the swag of flowers as my backdrop. I also didn’t want to spend all night fluffing the poms. I decided we needed a cheater version. I even think I like this 30 second DIY better than the regular old paper poms. It’s a little more fun, a bit edgy (get it?) and so much faster.

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You will need: tissue paper (4-5 sheets per flower), pinking shears and a stapler.

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1. Pull out about 5 sheets of tissue paper and stack flat on top of each other. (Note: you can get away with as little as 4 sheets if you like.) Fold the tissue paper into half (horizontally) and then in half again (vertically), so it is one quarter size of a full sheet.

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2.Take the short edge and fold up to the top folded edge as shown, forming a triangular shape.

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3. Take pinking shears and cut in a zig zag from the top folded edge, where the short edge meets) and down at an angle to the bottom folded edge. You are using the short edge as a guide to form the size of the flower. When you have cut to the bottom fold, the sides should be about the same length as the short edge.

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4. Unfold your sheets. All the way. You should have 5 jagged edged circles.Arrange the circles on top of each other, rotating slightly so that all of your cut edges don’t line up.

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5. With all 5 sheets, take your finger under the center and push up through your other hand to form a point with your finger.

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6. Pinch, fold over the point and staple twice.

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7. Fluff the layers gently, pulling and tinkering until is looks right to you.

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8. Hang this gorgeous cheater flower by simply using a push pin. At only 5 sheets, it should hold up just fine.

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I like parties, I love decorating for them, but I don’t want to spend forever doing it. If you have a wall to fill fast, these quick paper flowers should do the trick.

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