Today we’ll be making a nice big stem and base for the Tissue Paper Flowers we made here. You will need:
- 1 Long Cardboard Tube
- 1 Piece of Green Tissue Paper
- 1 Flower Pot
- Floral foam
- Gravel/small stones (to weight the flower pot)
Let’s get started!
First, grab your cardboard tube and use the scissors to trim one end so it tapers to a 45 degree angle (If you’re not sure what I mean, scroll down to the pic where we glue the flower to the stem).
Now you’re going to wrap the tube with tissue paper and tape it in place. Cut your paper into 4″-5″ wide strips and wrap them diagonally up the tube, overlapping the edges so none of the cardboard tube shows. Also, the spiral effect this creates lets you use less tape! 😉
OK, now you’re ready to attach the flower to the stem, hooray!
Using the hot glue gun, squeeze a thick layer of glue along the tapered end of your newly covered stem, and carefully press the base of the flower on to it. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of glue!
Next, fill your flower pot with gravel or something a bit weighty for stability, and trim a piece of floral foam to fit down in the pot, on top of the gravel.
Here’s the catch: you need to trim the foam enough to squeeze it in the pot, but not TOO much, or the foam won’t hold the stem upright (I learned this the hard way); you want a nice, tight fit.
Push the end of the tube into the floral foam, and then cover it with more rocks, or with fabric, or Easter grass (anything to hide the foam). I used some leftover tissue paper strips, about 1″ wide, that I crumpled a bit for texture. Waste not, want not!
And there you go! One utterly fantastic, beautiful to behold, larger-than-life Tissue Paper Flower! Don’t you just love it? Aren’t you terribly proud of yourself? I hope you are! 🙂
Let me know if you try and make some flowers of your own; I would love, love, LOVE to hear how it goes! ~ Rachel