Friday, September 13, 2013

Decoupage and Tissue Flowers

Last night, I got the urge to decoupage.

I just wanted to add a little character to these two wood trays.

White paint,

decorative paper,

and a little distressing,

gave them that extra character I wanted.

I also got the urge to make tissue flowers.  Mainly because someone came by, and bought the other ones I made.  Was I planning to sell them?  Not really.

However, I could make a million of these.  So, that's okay.

Instead of assuming you've seen a ton of tutorials on how to make tissue flowers, I'll just tell you how I made these.

I've known how to make various paper flowers for years, but, I think these are one of my favorites, cause they look more complicated than they are.

Sorry, I don't have photos for each step.  Because, I was almost finished with this post, after assuming you probably already knew how to make these, and realized I shouldn't assume that.

Start with a stack (I like using 6 pieces) of approx. 4" or 6" squares of wrapping tissue.  I actually used the linings of paper napkins for some of these.  Same difference.

Before the next step, I usually round off the corners of the squares for a softer feel.

Gather the stack accordion style in the center.  Fold a piece of wire around the center, and twist it tight to form the stem.  Then, shape the flower by carefully pulling up each individual layer toward the center.  At this point, I sometimes scrunch the entire piece in a fist, and continue shaping it.

If you use fewer squares, and the flower isn't as full as you'd like, you can always gather several of them to make a bouquet, like I did in the last photo.

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  1. Pretty trays and love those tissue paper flowers.

  2. Lovely trays and tissue flowers. Back to basics is sometimes the best comfort. Creative Bliss Dear...

  3. Lovely trays. I love to's just such an easy way to add that little umph :)

  4. Rosemary, I follow you from years, and like so much your creations..This time you hit me with two of my favourite things to do lately - decoupage and tissue flowers:)I love them, and thank you for the beauty you shared with us and for the tutorial you gave , it's more easy from mine:)Hugs,

  5. Does absolutely everything you touch turn to gold or what lol???
    Just gorgeous Rosemary!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend

  6. Thank you very much
    I have wanted to make these and never just took the time to figure it out
    now with your instructions I can make tissue flowers tomorrow while working in the studio

  7. I love the trays! I have a tray I've been meaning to paint and decoupage but mine never comes out as clean and smooth as yours looks! I always get bubbles:(

    Love your paper flowers!

  8. Love the trays. The roses are gorgeous.

  9. So pretty. I am going to do a post about making tissue paper flowers since I made some big ones to hang in my booth. I make them the same as you, but I like yours better!

  10. OMG Rosemary, these are simply gorgeous! I love them. Your are always amazing me!!! Have a great weekend and sale.


  11. Love the vintage feminine look of those trays, Rosemary! And thank you for sharing the instructions on how to make those sweet, ruffly flowers! Sooo sweet! :) Is there anything you can't do, girl....??? lol

    xoxo laurie

  12. So very beautiful....I just imagine that your hands are always in motion creating wonderful things!!
    Have a great weekend!

  13. I love everything you create. Thank you for sharing your talent. Please keep writing your tutorials. I love them and never miss any of your posts because I know you have done something I will like.

  14. Oh how pretty. When the urge strikes you gotta do it:) Love it Rosemary.

  15. Pretty trays, Rosemary! I love all types of paper flowers, too. I've been making some brown coffee filter flowers this week. Your tissue flowers are beautiful!

  16. Hi Rosemary,
    I love the trays so soft and pretty. Love the napkin flowers too. I have made these and they are soft and pretty and very easy to make. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week end.

  17. I love the softness of tissue flowers... very feminine. I'm so pleased to be back blogging again and look forward to catching up with all your recent posts Rosemary.

  18. Hi Rosemary! Those trays are lovely! I love the paper you chose! Did you get it at Hobby Lobby? And, those flowers are so pretty! I've noticed them in some of your posts and glad you told us how to make them. I made mine the accordion way, but this sounds more simple! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  19. Oh how I wish I had those kinds of creative urges. Just beautiful my dear!


  20. Love your pretty boxes Rosemary, just what they needed. I make the tissue flowers out of sewing patterns and they sell like crazy. I think you need to make up a garden of them:-)

  21. So pretty! We used tissue flowers to cover homecoming floats in high school. I must have made thousands over the years! I may have to make some more now that I've seen them again. Think I'll pass on building an entire float though LOL! Hugs, Leena

  22. My goodness make the most gorgeous things!!!! Even your simple tissue paper flowers are just beautiful ~ I wanted to let you know that you WON a 100 yard roll of seam binding in my giveaway! Please double check my post and let me know the shade you want again and send me your mailing address as well ~ here's my email:

    Congratulations sweet Rosemary!!

  23. Love ,love, the trays. You did an outstanding job on them ,Gorgeous!!!
    I love making paper flowers. Sometimes I stick peacock feathers in them also I love making the flowers with pretty napkin and tissue wrapping paper.
    Your blog is awesome. I'll be back
    Marie Antoinette

  24. The trays and flowers are so pretty. I have never made a paper flower so I'm glad you told us how. I have been trying more crafts lately (shocker!) so one day you just may see these on my blog. Hope your autumn is off to a great start...Ann

  25. Wow, amazing what you did with a simple urge to decoupage! Thanks for stopping by for the tour of my new space. It's the most relaxing place in our home... I find it difficult to leave when I have to go to work!

  26. Everything you do ends up being so delicate looking and pretty. Your paper flowers are absolutely gorgeous! I will try to make some following your directions. Hope they turn out as lovely as yours!


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