How to make paper and tulle flowers

Parties, celebrations, and giant paper flowers! A perfect combination. We love these retro paper pom poms, they’re beyond easy to make and create amazing impact in a very short space of time. Kate Bruning from Greedy for Colour shares her  paper pom pom tutorial with us. Read more to find out how…

You can’t have missed our Let’s Get Hitched Wedding supplement this month, and we notice paper decorations are definitely the way to celebrate in style. Giant paper balls, garlands and big paper flowers are a brilliant way to get a hit of colour and instant impact. Meet Kate Bruning from Greedy for Colour, who’s popped over to show us how to make these gorgeous paper flowers…

You will need:

Tissue paper (in two colours or single colour if preferred)
Tulle / netting

Cut two rectangles of each colour and two rectangles of tulle. The flower I have made used 38cm x 25.5cm sheets but it doesn’t really matter, just so long as the pieces are all rectangular and of the same size.

Lay the six sheets on top of each other. If you are using colours, I tend to put the darker sheets on the bottom, lighter ones in the middle and tulle on top. However, living in the creative world we do, don’t let me stifle you. Line up their edges and begin to fold them back and forth in a concertina. My folds were about three centimetres wide but once again, don’t let me rain on your parade.

Once the folding is complete, bend it in half like a fan and tie it tightly (so that it gathers) in the middle with string.

Snip the ends with scissors to make a petal shape…

Fan out one side into a half circle…

Then, delicately begin separating the layers, taking care not to ruin the pleats or tear the tissue paper (when this happens, don’t cry… I sort of just shove it back in and hope no one notices).

Continue separating and…

Lifting and zshoozshing (an extremely technical term that may or may not have or have originated in 23BC China… or maybe just two minutes ago).

Unfurl the other side and continue in the same way, separating, lifting and zshoozshing.

Finally, scrunch and zshoozsh to manipulate it into a pleasingly floral shape (but once again, don’t let my need for a chaotic symmetry suppress your inner urges – if you want it to sprout in one particular direction, don’t let me tell you it is not regular enough). And you’re done.

Adorable! Thanks, Kate. We love these big retro paper flowers. Make one or make a dozen and really go to town – they’re perfect for parties and adding a whimsical touch. You can see more of Kate’s makes and passion for craft and colour on Greedy for Colour.