February 4, 2011

February Rain and Tissue Paper Flowers

A rainy Saturday afternoon.
Wet heavy snow fills the yard.
The air is cold and damp.
Water soaked branches are black against the sky.
Tip tap, tip tap...rain falls on my parka.
Icy cold hands.
Where are my mittens?
Tis February again.

*poem written by me, Bonnie*

The weather and photo I took today inspired the poem I just wrote. I'm feeling quite nostalgic and lovey today. The dripping drops have not got me down. Instead, I was photographing in the rain.

Once inside, I made one of my very favorite crafts; tissue paper flowers.

This craft is timeless...I've been making these since I was a little girl. What a great decoration for Valentines Day...giant puffy fluffy pink tissue flowers. I love these flowers, they always bring a smile to my face and they're very easy to make!

So what would one DO, with a soft puffy fluffy tissue flower?
Well, you can use them as centerpieces for a baby shower or bridal shower.
You could also decorate with these flowers for any holiday...most definitely Valentine's day!

I hung my pink paper flower on my front door. I think it looks very quaint!

Here's a visual, step by step tutorial.

measure and cut a 12 x 12 square cutting through all layers of paper. You can make any size flower you want by cutting smaller squares.

make accordian folds, back and forth, back and forth, the whole way through the square.

All of the layers are so beautiful and fluffy!

Pink or red tissue, you could make garland or put two together to make a pom pom. Make smaller ones and glue them on handmade napkin rings for a Valentine tea party. Decorate a heart shaped box filled with chocolate. I better stop before I get carried away...

...carried away on a big pink fluffy puffy flower!

Stay tuned: up next, stained glass heart shaped cookies....oh so yummy!