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Crunched Tissue Flowers

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Spring paper crafts have never looked this pretty. Use a vintage technique to create Crunched Tissue Flowers from Heidi Borchers. They won't wilt away and require no water - what could be better? These flowers look good even in the dead of winter.

Crunched Tissue Flowers
 

Materials:

  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Tissue paper (two coordinating colors)
  • Brayer
  • Scissors
  • Crunched Tissue Petal and Leaf Pattern
  • Cereal box cardboard
  • Knitting needle
  • 18 gauge stem wire (green coated)
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Additional supplies for leaves and calyx: green tissue paper

Instructions:

  1. Print out patterns and transfer to cereal box cardboard. Cut patterns along pattern line.
     
  2. Cut tissue paper into half sheets. Scrunch up to add texture and smooth out with hands.
     
  3. Following label instructions, spray Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray onto one piece of tissue. Immediately glue to second piece of tissue. Run hands over tissue with light pressure. Roll brayer over entire surface of tissue to bond pieces together.
     
  4. Cut tissue into strips slightly larger than petal pattern. Fan fold first strip so that you can cut several layers together.
     
  5. Hold petal pattern over top of tissue and cut along edge of pattern to create petals.
     
  6. Hold knitting needle along top half edge of petal and roll one turn. While still holding petal on needle, use fingers to gently crunch in from each side. Remove needle. This will create a curled edge of petal. Repeat on other top side of petal. (You can look at the project photo above or watch the video tutorial for great clarification on this step!) Repeat to curl each petal.
     
  7. To assemble the flower, using pliers, create a small hook on the end of one stem wire.
     
  8. Use toothpick to apply a line of glue to bottom sides of petal. Lay hooked end of wire in middle of petal and fold over edges to create flower center. Wrap tight so that you do not see the hook.
     
  9. Continue to glue each petal around center. 4 -5 petals will create a medium size rose.
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