Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tissue Paper Flower Bows

Hi guys! Everyone wants to have the best wrapped gifts on Christmas, but face it, some of us are challenged a bit with wrapping. I'm going to show you a way to turn the worst wrapped gift into the star of the show that is so simple anyone could do it.  
To begin your present topper, take out some tissue paper in whatever color you want for your gift. Then start folding. Fold forward once, crease, and flip it over and make your next fold. Continue folding and flipping until you get to the end.
It should end up looking like one of those paper fans we all made in elementary school (face it, you made one too). 
Next bend the whole thing in half. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the middle crease you just made. Spread out the "fan" on each side of the tie. 
Here comes the tricky part. Take the first layer of tissue paper and begin pulling it upward. Pull it about halfway up, making sure not to tear the paper. Do that all the way around one side. 
Once it's half pulled up, pull it the rest of the way up. Do not begin by pulling the paper all the way up. Tissue paper is extremely thin and will rip unless you take this slowly. Do the same on the other side.
Go back and forth between sides until all layers are pulled up. And that's it! Your flower bow is finished. You can top a present with it or use it to decorate. 
For a slightly different look, try clipping both ends of the folded paper after you've tied your ribbon. It makes your layers pointy so it looks like a poinsettia, the classic Christmas flower. I made a tiny one today with some spare pink tissue paper. 
Just to show you how easy this really is, here are the ones me and my cousins made yesterday. My youngest cousin is six and you can't tell a difference between hers, mine, and my other cousin's. 
I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday so far and good luck with your holiday shopping!

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