Tissue paper crafts are so wonderful and creative. I love the way that tissue paper moves and crinkles on its own—turning the craft from simple to lovely so easily.
When I was younger I was always a huge fan of these flower bouquet! To be honest, I've never been much good at keeping plants alive, but these bouquet's give a pop of colour and the added benefit of being handmade! Using tissue paper to make a Rememberance or Veteran's Day poppy bouquet is an excellent way for children to appreciate the holiday.
Materials for the Vase:
- juice jar (500-750 ml)
- paper mache paste (1 part flour to 5 parts water... boil about 3 minutes and let cool)
strips of white paper.
- paint or markers to decorate.
Materials for one flower:
- tissue paper (I used red and a bit of black for the center),
- straw (I used green),
- cotton ball,
- scotch tape (or floral tape).
Directions for making the vase:
- Paper mache the jar (cover with 2 layers newspaper with one layer white paper over top of that) or just cover with 3 layers of white paper.
- Let dry (takes about a day for the paper mache to dry)
- decorate the jar with paint or markers. You can paint the whole jar another color or leave it white and add some design with a color that matches your flowers.
Directions for making a flower:
- cut a square of tissue paper (white or yellow) about 2" by 2".
- Put a small piece of cotton (about 1/4 of a cotton ball in the center.
- scrunch the cotton filled tissue paper around the end of the straw and wrap a piece of scotch tape around it
- From red tissue paper, cut out a petal shape with a square tab for attaching to the straw. You'll need about 6 petals per poppy so cut out enough petals for your bouquet.
- Put a petal around the cotton filled tissue paper. Tape it on.
- Continue adding petals until you have a realistic looking poppy. When I placed my petals around the poppy's center I tried to make them look realistic by layering the petals in relatively the same place. You can look at a picture or at a poppy pin for inspiration.
- Fluff the petals out a bit to shape your flower.
- Optional: spritz a bit of perfume on your flower to scent it.