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Crunched Tissue Flowers

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


  • 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


  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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I love flowers too. I do not own a brayer. Do I need one to do this project or can I use something else? Has anyone used something that worked? I sometimes use artifical flowers until fresh ones grow in my garden. These look a lot prettier. I am adding these to my to make list and fingers crossed they turn out this pretty. Thanks.

These look so cool. I love flowers and would love to make these. I do not own a brayer. Do you have to have one or can you use something else? I sometimes use artificial flowers in my house until I can get fresh cut in spring. These are a lot prettier. I will put on my to make list and see what I come up with. Fingers crossed.

Flowers are my favorites. I love receiving them, growing, and buying the beautiful buds all year long. Crafting flowers are also one of my preferred making moments. As I read the instructions, I got an a-ha moment. Instead of gluing two layers of thin tissue paper I want to try using crepe paper! I recently came across a big stash of vintage crepe in a clearance sale, and I did not know what I would make, I just knew I needed to grab up this pile of goodness. I am glad that I did, now I can make flowers until my fingers lose their feeling, LOL. It will keep me happy until the real ones make an appearance in my still snow covered garden beds. How about you? Are you inspired to make the same flowers with some different materials?

These tissue paper flowers look so real! It's amazing what you can do with paper and a little bit of creativity.

I just love the look of these roses, so elegant. I think these would look wonderful in a bouquet for a bride to carry down the aisle. Then when the wedding is over, she could keep them forever, in a shadow box or in vase in her bedroom where they would remind them of their love they shared on that day. What a great memory to have.

I agree. Great idea.


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