This is a really fun project that is great for allowing children to express their creativity and it suits a lovely spring theme.
Tissue paper is one of my favourite crafting materials becuase it is pretty and has a fun mind of its own. Also, using tissue paper left over from gift exchanges is a great way to repurpose the materials rather than just throwing the tissue paper away.
- colourful tissue paper,
- liquid glue,
- paper and printer
- Print template of choice or make your own.
- Cut the tissue paper into squares anywhere from 2-3 inches wide. If you fold the tissue paper several times before cutting it into squares, it will go quickly. (I suggest allowing an adult or older child to do this step)
- Cut out the flower from the template
- Starting at the center of the flower and working your way out, paint a little bit of white glue onto a section of the flower at a time with a paintbrush
- One piece at a time, scrunch up the tissue paper into little balls or "poofs" and use the end of a paint brush to push them against the template.
- Continue doing this until you are happy with how the flower is covered!
- Let dry.
- IDEA: Glue the tissue paper flower onto a piece of coloured paper to create a 3D-like poster or card.
- IDEA: You can encourage older children to create patterns in the petals with the colours of the tissue paper (in this photo I used a red-orange-red-orange pattern).
- IDEA: If you want to make a tissue paper flower garden with a group of children, use the multiple-flower template and allow each kid to decorate their own flower. Then put all of the creative flowers on a large poster.
- TIP: This craft is suitable for all ages, but their are ways to make it suitable for different ages.
- Younger children can choose the basic flower shape and can get as creative as they like with how they place the tissue paper (keep in mind it is supposed to be fun so it doesn't have to look like a perfect flower *grin*).
- Older children and adults may choose one of the more difficult flower templates (like the sunflower) and try to make it as realistic as possible.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).