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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Tissue Paper Flower Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Cutting Flowers

    • 4. Shaping Flowers

    • 5. Coloring Flowers

    • 6. Stamping Flowers

    • 7. Stems and Leaves

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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I love to make my own DIY three dimensional flowers, using different materials and techniques. Flowers work for so many different types of projects and occasions and are also such fun to make. So I decided to start a DIY Flower Making series of classes here on Skillshare. First out is one of my favourites, namely tissue paper flowers. I love the look and feel of tissue paper flowers and the idea of making something pretty out of something so plain (and cheap) as tissue paper.

Making your own tissue flowers is easy and a lot of fun, and doesn’t require many supplies. In a few simple steps you can start creating your own paper flower garden. In this class, you will learn to make gorgeous dimensional flowers from ordinary tissue paper. The flowers can be used for gift packaging, turned into magnets, placed in a vase, added as embellishments to arts and crafts projects, and so much more.

Quick and easy techniques will be taught in the class, including:

  • How to cut, assemble, shape and give life to the flowers.
  • Different kinds of flowers, in varying sizes.
  • How to customize your flowers with color (especially mists, but also acrylic paint)
  • How to add patterns with stamps.
  • Adding finishing touches to the flowers, such as twisted wire stems and leaves.

The class is suitable for beginners to more advanced paper crafters who are looking for inspiration when it comes to creating your own flowers. All you need is tissue paper, a pair of scissors, and a stapler (or brads or buttons). You can find links to the supplies that I used on my blog, in this Tissue Paper Flower Class post. There are also some additional photos there. 

I hope you will enjoy the class and I am really looking forward to seeing what you create, so don't forget to upload your projects to the class gallery. It doesn't have to be complete projects. 

If you have any questions or comments, please share them in the class discussion area, and if you have any ideas about classes you'd like to see, just let me know and I will see what I can do. :)

Happy crafting!!


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Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Mixed Media artist, papercrafter and stamper


I am a mixed media artist, paper crafter and stamper, sharing inspiration and tutorials on my blog Layers of ink. I have been doing arts and crafts my whole life and started papercrafting in 2002. How lucky I am to have found the joy of making art from paper, dies, stamps, ink, paint and photographs. I enjoy switching between different projects and sizes: cards, tags, mini-books, art journaling, layouts, and canvases. I also do a lot of 3-D projects and home d?cor/gift items.

I love trying out new and old techniques, to experiment and try different products and tools. I like to include little meaningful details and words on my projects. Building scenes, playing with texture and colour are some of my favourite things. The possibilities are truly endless and every project is a crea... See full profile

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1. Tissue Paper Flower Intro: Hi, everyone, Um, a car and I have a low called layers of inquire, share, inspiration and tutorials. I have been stamping paper, crafting and doing mixed media out for about 15 years now, and I love to try out different types of projects and different techniques. And I really enjoy teaching what I have learned in my experience. And I'm happy to be back with another class, that skill share, and I was planning to have them recorded this introduction video outdoor student. But it was really windy, so it didn't work out. And it's it's a kind of bleak February day. We don't have snow. It's one of those days where you you're looking forward to spring and one of the things that makes me think of spring is flowers, and I love to make my own flowers three dimensional flowers from different materials and flowers. You know they fit any time, any time of the year for so many different projects, and will flower simply make me happy. So I thought I'd do a little Siri's with classes show Newsom techniques for flower making. Most of them are very simple, and you don't need a lot of materials to do them, either. I'm going to start out with a favorite of mine, which is tissue paper flowers. I just love the idea of taking something. So playing this tissue paper and turning it into something beautiful, you need very few supplies. For this class, you need tissue paper, the pair of sisters and something. Teoh. Touch the tissue paper together with likes a stapler or bread, and you can all see. You can also recycle tissue paper that you get that you've got in any gift books. I'll show you how to cut and give dimensional life to the flowers. Onda. We're going to make flowers in different sizes. Also show you some idea ideas for how you can color the flowers and how you can add patents with steps. Finally, I'll give some tips about adding leaves and stems to your flowers. I had lots of fun making tissue paper flowers for this class. I made a whole bunch of flowers in different colors, and I have a big supply of tissue paper flowers to use your project. You can use the mess embellishments on cards, for instance, like I did here or on gift packaging. like on this little project, and they also looked great at home decor items. You could put them in the boss, or you could display them all in a big bowl. I put a lot of flowers in this big last fall. They look really nice together and definitely makes me think of spring. So I hope you'll join me in this class. And I'm I think you'll enjoy making some tissue paper flowers. It's quick and easy and simple and a lot of fun. See you in close pie. 2. Supplies: So first, just going to show you and some of the supplies you need to make tissue paper flowers and suggests some substitution is and additional things that you conduce. You really don't need a lot of stuff to make. The basic flowers where you really need is some tissue paper. Plain white one is my favorite. You can also use printed tissue paper, and it doesn't need to be new. You can recycle tissue paper that you get in gifts, and you could also use a specific craft tissue paper such as this one, by Tim holds. Apart from the tissue paper, you need a pair of sisters, and you need a way of touching the attaching the flower so you could use a stapler. Uh, or you could use Brad's or buttons, for instance, a paper piercers. Also handy to pierce holes through the flowers, especially if you're using Brad's or buttons. If you staples, you don't need it. I'm just using an old phone pad underneath the pier. Sure is a base. Um, what you're Mr will also help with some of the techniques, but it's It's also not absolutely necessary. If you want to add color to your flowers. The easiest thing to do is to use a mister and idea. I used both Dying Inc misters like thes district spray stains as well as some acrylic paint Mr Like this one by Deco Art Media. I also used some Micah's praise to give shine to my flowers, and I'm going to show you that you can use just ordinary acrylic paint for a different effect. I'm also going to show you how to add patrons to your tissue paper by using stamps so you can reuse basically any backgrounds them. So I'm just going to use a take stamp in my example. But most background stamps would work for this. And since if you want to missed your flowers, it's important that you sent them with a A water assistant Inc. Such as thick archival ink by ranger so you could use the flowers just as they are. But you could also give them stems and dress them up a little bit. So for that you might want to hear some Croft, Wyo. And floral tape where you could use something like, um, why your thread with its, uh, it's a coat like a coach of wire and some statements have fun to use us. Well, I'm also going to show you how to use the Eileen Hall 66 Twist and style to Teoh. Twist the wires to make To give them an interesting effect. You can easily cut the tissue paper flowers with sisters. But I'm also going to share you a few examples using dyes. And almost any type of flower die will work for this, Uh, because the tissue paper flip tissue flowers can be different shapes. And this is the Romans. Flower by 66 and Eileen Hole, which is what I'm into use in my example. Let's start. 3. Cutting Flowers: gets a cutting. The shapes of the flowers is really easy. You could make circles or scalloped circles, for instance, and you don't need to worry about them being perfect because no one is going to see if they're not perfect and then can be all kinds of sizes to make it easy for myself. I don't I simply leave my tissue paper as it came out of the package, and it's 10 sheets, and they're very easy to cut at once. You could even make thicker flowers. Eso if sometimes I find it easier to cut a square first so that I don't need to hold the whole sheet, and then you could simply cut a rough circle like that, or you can make it scalloped could make smaller big scallops. They don't need to be even like that. This is kind of a medium sized flower. I also made some really small ones like that, or you could make a larger one smaller. The flower, the fewer sheets of tissue papers you need to make a full flower. So if you make really big flowers, you might need more than these 10 that I have here play around with shapes as you make your flowers. There was a pattern. Flowers. You might want to turn some of the papers around if you cut them from straight out of the package the way I did so that they aren't upside down. So now we just need a way of keeping the sheets off tissue paper together so that we can shape our flowers. And the very easiest thing to do is simply staple the center of the flower. But you could also use breads. You can also lay your flowers to get different sizes of flowers together, putting a smooth white one in the center of this This pattern flower alone during its that , uh, pierce a hole. And then I put the bread through the hole for most of the flowers. You don't actually see the bread, so you could use any type of bread. You could also use the button. In this case, you just pierce through the holes of the bottom and using needle and embroidery, flosser in it of a threat. Teoh frost on the bottom, the just tie it up sometimes tied at the back, sometimes at the front instantly Look that I want So there we go, the three ways of keeping the floors together. Staples, breads and buttons. So if you have flower dies, you can also use them to cut out your tissue paper flowers, which also makes the process very quick and simple. What I did was to cut pieces off tissue paper Levi, leaving it straight out of box as before. So this is actually 20 layers of tissue paper, and since this Romans flower die, it's a steel ruled. You could even cut quite a bit more. So I'm running. It's through my big shot machine on. And you know Cincy, all the florist. The Romans flower, um, die cuts the same shape flower in four different sizes, which it's nice with the stop of technique, because you obviously layer them. Yes, you can see there's the big There's the four sizes. Now I have 20 flowers of each and as before, you could use uh, threads or buttons or staplers to touch them together. And I kind of like to separate them twenties almost too much. It makes a very full flower if they're all the same size. So all I'm doing now is that I am separating them a bit. And I mean to lay them together in different sizes. And as you can see, the die also cut schools so you don't need to pierce holes on these. There we go. 4. Shaping Flowers: case in a way, our basic flower shapes. But I she can see the kind of fleshed and pretty boring looking. So now we're going to give life to these flowers. And the great thing with tissue paper is that you can crumble it up to get a really nice effect. So what I usually do that I just kind of make them into full first. Then, like them look really nice. You need to separate the tissue papers, sheets of tissue, papers from each other. It's what have shaped them around the center s. You see that I'm doing here Sometimes I missed the bit of water on the flower. It makes it look almost even. It makes it look even more primal up This particular tissue paper that I used to this Flores a little. It's not so strong, so it might not be able to handle the water technique. It depends on the paper that you used to see. A little piece came off there. If if that happens, don't worry. It wont show. So you just continue crumbling up the paper until you're happy with a look of the flowers you can make them were lis um, fold it, especially the little ones say sometimes little sometimes looks nice if they're not quite us, um, crumble up. That's the big ones that the more you're crumbled up the fuller and more dimensional they come, they become If you something like a button in the center, the flower gets a different look, since the center will be more open while if use only tissue paper, you'll have the tissue paper going all the way to the center of the flower. So you just continue shaping your flowers until you're happy with them. They really do look nicer. If you separate the the tissue paper sheets, it takes a little bit of time. You can sit and do it in front of the TV, maybe, but it gives them more a fuller, more dimensional look. Then, if you don't separate the if you don't separate the sheets of tissue paper. If you want Adam leaves to your flowers, you can do them in basically the same way. You could also use a die if you have relief, died to cut them, but otherwise you conduced. You can just cut very rough leaves out of the tissue paper. Uh, the same boy. Yes, you did mother flowers, and then I find that it's very easy to staple them it. Then you can just crumple them up to fold them in with metal. And there were relief, and they're easy to do to make in different sizes. 5. Coloring Flowers: even though the flourish your green eyes white. For instance, if you put a lot of white flowers together in a bowl, it's also fun to add color to them. And I find that the easiest way to do that is to miss them with some kind of spray color. And I'm going to show you the district spray stains to any kind of die bastes. Um, spray will work similar, so you could just color them in little kind of like that. Some of the white shows we'll even add some extra just in the center of the flower like that. Find that this technique were expected particularly well with light colored mists. Or you can miss them some more. Make sure you get that color everywhere. There. We have a nice red flower. This is so quick. Once you get started, you're going to sit on um, try out all the mist colors of Miss that you have at home. When you have a little bit of miss left on your craft, she does. I do Here. You can also take a, um, flower. Just dip the edges off the flour into that ink, which, um, which also gives it a nice, partially colored look. It's nice, isn't it? So from the same mists of red, we have a full right flour and one with just a little bit of red, and you always just put them aside to dry. And once they dry, especially when you've missed it them completely. They they seem to also become a bit stiffer. I think it's the water in the MR Just that You can also use the midst of ordinary die based stains or mists and my chemists, which gives it a lovely shine to them. What I would but I did hear, was to use the squeeze eliminate first, and then this. This yellow buttercup Michael Spray you don't see this year. But the micro spring gives a really lovely shine to the flowers. If you look at some of the close ups, I'll be posting him in the video. You you'll be able to see us. I think it's one of my favorite things to do with these flowers again. I could have dipped a white flour into that missed, and you could also use something like a pearl, my custody or maybe silver. And they look particularly nice on the pattern flowers, cause it gives them that Perlis pearly look the source into You need to shake them first. Minus my muscle. Doesn't want to work with me today. There we have that flower with the leaves. You could just use a green mist very quick. I added my car pursed Teoh. Some of my leaves, too. You can also use acrylic based misters like this one by the coat media. Then we go in. The only difference is that they dry a little stiffer than the dye based one. Once because of the most being acrylic, it's also then permanent. Let's make this one pink E. When they are weight, the flowers are quite fragile, so just put them aside on a piece of paper and let them dry completely until you continue working with them. Another quick color. Interpret static in years ordinary acrylic paint to the sisters to stress pain, but any acrylic paint will will have the same effect. Just put some of it on your craft sheet. Then, um, press rid up the edges off the flour into the paint. It will be hard. Teoh cover the entire flower like this with acrylic pain, but it works nicely for the edges. There they have another example, which is finished, so that gives a similar effect us the one where we dipped the flower into the remaining MR on the crop cheat in just a couple of minutes, you can create a multitude of colored flowers from your from your white tissue paper flowers, and this is really fun. You can also make them to colored like this. One misted yellow in the middle and then orange around. Some of them are fully colored. Some of them are just partly partially colored. You could make gold flowers or round flowers, whatever will fit your project or the recipient of the your flowers. 6. Stamping Flowers: you can also very easily customize your flowers and make patterned flowers. And the easiest way to do that is to use stamps. Any type of background stamp will do. Well, you could use dots, for instance, or stripes or or whatever you can think of. I'm going to just show you with a text stamp because I I really like that. Look what you do. Stink of stamp. We don't need to use black, but you need to make sure that the ink that you use is waterproof If you want. Teoh, if you want to missed your flowers later. So I'm not aiming for perfect results here. I'm not even using in acrylic block. I'm just stamping with my hand. So that's all you do. You just continue until you have added, um stamped paper to enough tissue paper so that you can make flowers and then you just layer that tissue paper up and you can just cut the flowers and shape them exactly as we did before to give you these nice patent flowers. On day, they can be colored in just the same way as the other flowers that I showed you 7. Stems and Leaves: so you can use all the pretty flowers that you've made just us they are. Or you might wanna add some details with wires to them. And if you do that, they could, for instance, stand in the jar of us like this where you could just use them on the card us. They are over the stem and the leaves. You can also use wires to add fun details to the center of the flower. I'm going to show you just a few ideas for how you could, uh, some wire stems and leaves to your flowers. No, no. If you could see in my flowers that I twisted the wire, it gives really my sick vectored. This is a wire stripped from cream up, and you could also use any type of craft. Why're as long as it's not too thick? Could see I used copper here, and this is silver plated. The twist effect was done with this twist and style to buy Eileen Hole and Cest six, and it makes it very easy to twist wires or floss or string, for instance. I'm going to show you how to use that, but if you don't have that, Or if you don't want twisted wires, you could simply use a piece of wire and, for instance, cover it with floral tape that's also going to look great. Or you could use a wire and cover it with tissue tape. Or was she tape, which also looks looks really nice. So what you want to do is just, um, I'm going to put the wire thread the wire through button and my flower just a false in the hot wire and at the same time, keep the flower together. Was the wires threaded through the button and the flower? You just want to make sure that ends our equally long. And the twist and style to um consists of two parts is this one, which is the twister, and then it has a holder with the suction cups. You have put that down on a sturdy surface, and, um, I hope it will work here. This is not my ordinary disk. This is just a small table that I used when I do the classes, because it's too. Um, it's too dark. The light is not quite good enough at my disk, so we're going to at the end of the twist. Two days in the hole. And dis Cruz, you're just foster the ends of the wire there. And then we're going to put this over the little pig that you'll find on the holder. And then all you do is Teoh turn the handle of the tool and that why twists and its risk perfectly. Even. It's so simple. You could use the same thing with string French, which could also be a stem for a flower. There we go. I hope you can see it. I'm adding close up photos as well. If you use ordinary wire instead, you just did the same thing. Boston, the ends that, um, this crew please the flower over the pig and twist the wire. You can see what I'm doing now. We have, uh, metallic wires them to that stamped flower. You can also add details to the front of the flowers by threatening the wires through a button with the ends, Uh, the front and here at the back. If you'd want to, you could just go on and, uh, and put the twisted wire a system. And, for instance, you could I could just rule of them around something could use a pen less well, make simple spiral shapes. It just gives a fun extradicted to the flowers. That's because you just you will just shape the tissue us before that. There's another example of that. If you want to add leaves to your flowers, just do a second little twisted piece, and then you can, um, just shape it into rough leave. Twist the ends around the stem. You could use a pair of pliers to just make sure it's stuck into, um, flat in that I twisted part slightly, and of course, you could do add to leaves instead of one. And then, as before, you were just You just start shaping your flower that your tissue paper flower around that button, you know, said details to the front of the flower with wire and the twisting style to like ended on. These things are felt flowers, But I think that you you conduced you can use that same technique on the tissue paper flowers. Finally, I wanted to show you that you can add these. You can add statement, uh, pieces to your flower. Teoh. You just fold them and off, but make old in your flower, and you just put this Damon pieces through the flower you might want twists a little piece of wire around the front just, Or you could use some more glue to make sure that they don't fall through the flower again at the back. You can just add another of those twisted wire pieces and just wrapped the wire around the statement part that hangs through. 8. Final Thoughts: I have this whole big supply of colorful tissue paper flowers ready to be used on any type of project. They can be used in college on gift boxes. We're on on gift parcels, but you could use them on other types of projects just to give you an idea made accord with three flowers, I used another three flowers on top of the gift books. This one was made with a six die candy drawer. By AM I lean Hope you could also, for instance, put, um, magnetic the back off over flower and give it us a gift. And here they're tissue paper flowers on AM on, a vintage sewing books that are made from my son. It's full of letters and numbers, but he can practice with, and I just glued the pay the flowers to the top. I used, um, a car stopped leaves for this one instead of tissue. Paper leaves for variety flourish with stems look nice and the boss or in a mason jar, especially if you make lots of them. You create your own little bouquet that lost all year round. You can also place the flowers into balls, for instance, and use them. Um, for table decorations. There is the centrepiece on the table here. I just placed a lot of colorful flowers into big glass bowl. But I'm lost. Look nice if they're all white or all just one or maybe two colors to fit with the D. Cor. So I hope you have fun with your flowers. I'm definitely going to enjoy using All these flowers are made for this class. So I hope you've endured the skills and that you will have fun making tissue paper flowers this remember to share what you make in the class gallery because I'd really love to see all your creations. And it doesn't need to be complete projects. You can just share your experiments or this is a little flower. If you want more flour making inspiration, you can find it on my block Layers of ink And I will also be back soon again with another flower making close here at skill share. Thank you so much for joining me in the skills. And I hope to see you soon again. Happy crafting by