Tissue Paper Flowers

I love having natural elements like fresh flowers around my home, because they just make me happy.  I'm not talking expensive, fancy florist flowers -  just a $4 bunch from the grocery store or some clippings from the yard will do. But the nursery is one place you really don't want fresh flowers. Once your LO is on the move, you could have a big wet mess on your hands, and fresh flowers can bring pollen and allergens into the home.

For Olivia's room I made this bouquet of tissue paper peonies to bring some color and life.  My girls share a room; Denali is 10 and Olivia is 1/2 a year old.  Denali's room had a lot of pink, so for Olivia's bedding and accessories, I decided to do grey and pink.  It all started with a couple of really cute bicycle fabrics that we put into her quilt.  Then my good friend found this adorable metal bicycle for the wall.  I made a little basket liner for the bike, but I always thought it needed a bouquet of flowers in it.  I'm not one for plastic, artificial flowers, so these handmade tissue paper ones seemed like a good option.

The supplies:
Tissue paper
Floral tape
Floral wire (thin) or just a twisty tie
Floral stem wire

Stack 3 sheets of tissue paper (6" wide x the entire length of the paper) and begin accordion folding the paper 1" at a time.

Trim the ends of the paper to a rounded shape with scissors.  Twist thin floral wire or a twisty tie around the center of the paper.  Fan out one side of the flower and begin pulling one sheet of the tissue paper at a time toward the center.  Once one side is fluffed up, do the same to the other side.

Give it a good fluff and shake to make sure there are no holes or gaps.

Next you are going to attach the stem wire to the base of the flower. You are going to stretch and wrap the floral tape around the twisty tie and the stem wire.

Bunch them together in a vase, or I wrapped mine in green tissue so that they looked like they were just bought from the farmers' market.  Olivia loves looking up at them from her crib.  Plus I love having things in my home that I can look at and say, "Hey, I made that!"

Do you have any natural or nature inspired elements in your kids' rooms?

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