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DIY tissue paper flower backdrop { Rifle, CO Photographer }

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Tissue Paper Flowers/ Hanging Pom-Poms How-To:

I made this about a year ago and am just now getting around to blogging about it!


1. Cut the paper- I bought the pack of tissue paper in the photo above. This size was 18″x20″ so I cut it into 4 parts so the size of the sheets are about 9″x10″. You can really do this with whatever size tissue paper depending on how big or small you want your flower to be. I also have made the pom pom balls for a baby shower decoration and you make them almost the exact same way only you would use big sheets of tissue paper like the ones above but uncut or even bigger.

2. Stack the paper- You can also use any color of tissue paper. I used white to be neutral and because it was a lot cheaper. You need to stack about 6-8 sheets of paper on top of each other (I did 8). This is also where you can stack multiple colors of tissue paper  to get a multi-colored flower. Try to line them up- but you don’t have to worry if it doesn’t match up perfect- mine never did!


3. Fold the paper- Accordion fold the stack in about an inch folds


4. Tie the paper- Twist floral wire around the middle of the stack to folds in place.


5. Cut the tips- Cut the ends of the paper to desired shape. You can make the ends rounded or pointy or many other shapes. I even forgot to cut on some of my flowers and they still look pretty cool- although it would be better without the straight ends.


6. Pull layers up and fluff- Separate layers by pulling up one sheet of paper at a time up towards the middle. If you are going to make a pom-pom then you would pull half the layers up and half the layers down to make a complete sphere instead of just half of a sphere.


7. Glue finished flower onto board- I hot glued each individual flower next to each other to completely cover a large piece of foam board. I just used a board like you use for science fair projects because of its availability and ease to transport- but you can do bigger… it will just take extra forever!


After I had used the white flowered background a few times I spray painted it different colors as pictured below for a new and different look. I love how it turned out! It does take a bit of time to make all the flowers, but I love the look of all the repetition and texture. I think it makes a great backdrop since it’s not too distracting yet still adds a little interest! Go give it a try or do a set using hanging tissue pom-pom balls… or use as decor for your next party!

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