Tie Dye Tissue Paper Flowers

Tie Dye Tissue Flowers

Tie Dye Tissue Flowers


It was my lovely neighbor Vivian’s 8th birthday today. I’ve known her since her chubby toddler cheeks moved in six years ago so I wanted to make her something special. I didn’t have all the time in the world, her party was in a few hours, so I landed on giant paper flowers. Simple, I had all the stuff, and still a bit of a new challenge for my Make Stuff Challenge. Not nearly as time consuming or precise as the paper flowers I made for Teacher Appreciation Day, these were fun and very free form. So free form that to be honest they were one big experiment.

I based the flower design on those tissue paper pom-poms. The paper dying job was a guessing game but turned out pretty well for it being the first time.

Here’s what I did…

Supplies

Messy Stuff


SUPPLIES:

  • Plain white sheets of tissue paper
  • Food coloring and/or watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • A bowl
  • Floral Stem Wire (thick, like 18 gauge)
  • Scissors
                                                                               
    First I stacked 8 sheets of the tissue paper and accordion folded it. Then I cut a half circle on each end.

    Accordion Fold

    Accordion Fold

    Petal Cut

    Petal Cut

                                                                 
    I filled a small bowl with water and some drops of pink food coloring. I then dripped various colors of food coloring straight onto the white tissue paper on both ends and then quickly dunked the entire paper into the bowl. I then flattened it out and painted some green watercolor on randomly and left it to dry on the grass.

    Food Coloring Drip

    Food Coloring Drip

    As the paper dried a bit, I carefully pulled the sheets apart to help speed up the drying.

    Wet version

    Wet version

    Once dry, I then re-folded the sheets in an accordion fold and tied a floral wire stem around the middle and twisted it tight. Then I carefully pulled up each sheet on both sides until it was puffy.

    Fold

    Fold

    Twist

    Twist


    Carefully Pull Up Each Sheet

    Carefully Pull Up Each Sheet


    Close Up

    Close Up


    Both Flowers

    Both Flowers

    Things I Learned:
    – Tissue paper is surprisingly tough, it withstood all of this dying and pulling pretty well.
    – The color dried much lighter than I thought it would.
    – Don’t worry if your hands are all dyed up, it comes off after a couple of hand washes.
    – The experiments could go on infinitely. I think it would be cool to paint glue on each tip and dip in a little glitter. Or watercolor paint a bunch of colors all over the paper rather than drip color on. Basically I learned I will be playing around with this concept more.

    Vivian loved her flower as did Elise who got the other one of the two. I twisted it around the post of her bed… floral stem wire is good that way.

    Elise with Flowers

    Elise with Flowers

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