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Subject: tissue paper flowers
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: seafaire-ga
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Posted: 14 Jan 2004 12:23 PST
Expires: 13 Feb 2004 12:23 PST
Question ID: 296483
I need instructions on how to make "tissue" paper flowers for a
mexican-themed/fiesta party in february.  If I could also find
instructions for making a pinata (not with balloons!) that would be
great too.  The instructions and supplies should be fairly simple as
these will be created by students.  Thanks in advance for your
help--your service has always been first class!
Subject: Re: tissue paper flowers
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 14 Jan 2004 14:01 PST
Hi seafaire,

I have located the following various online instructions for making
Tissue Paper Flowers:

What You Need:
Pastel colored tissue paper 
Chenille stem 

How To Make It: 
1. Cut tissue paper into rectangles of desired size (5x7" is the size pictured). 
2. Stack 4-6 pieces of tissue paper. Use the same color or different colors. 
3. Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side. 
4. Wind one end of the chenille stem around the middle of the
accordion pleated tissue paper.
5. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower. 

Source: The Kids Domain


?To make tissue paper flowers simply take a pack of tissue paper and
cut some squares out of 6 or 8 pieces of tissue paper (depending on
how full you want your flower to be).  Then fold into an accordion
type fold.  Pinch at center with some wire - can be a pipe cleaner or
florist's wire - crimp center with wire.  Then fold out - fluff up -
the tissue paper that's surrounding the wire.  You can have your wire
hang down for a stem and cover it with green masking tape if you want
to get extra fancy.  To give some of the flowers a different look, you
can zigzag cut the edges of the tissue before folding it out.?

Early Childhood - Expert Article: Tissue Paper Flowers


The following site contains diagrams for each step:

-How to Make a Mexican Paper Flower-

Materials needed for one flower: 
4 sheets of tissue paper (any color) 6" x 12" each
1 pipe cleaner
coloring marker

1. Stack 4 pieces of tissue paper together.  
2. Fold the tissue paper together starting at the bottom allowing 1"
folds. Fan fold back and forth making a 1" by 6" piece.
3. Cut the folded tissue at both ends as shown, rounding off the corners.  
4. Fold a pipe cleaner in half. This is used for the flower stem.
Squeeze the tissue paper in the middle and twist the piper cleaner
tightly to secure.
5. Fan out the piece on both sides of the pipe cleaner. Remember there
are 4 layers. Begin pulling up the petals. Start with the top tissue
being careful not to tear it. After you have done the top layer, go on
to the second layer, then the third and the fourth. Straighten out the
flower to your liking.
6. You may use a marker to highlight and add more color to your flower.  
7. The pipe cleaner may be shaped into a leaf on one side.  
8. Spray a light mist of perfume on the flower. 

Source: Kansas City, Kansas Public Library: Paper Flower


More instructions for making Tissue Paper Flowers can be found at the
following sites:

Party Plans Plus: Flowers

Twilight Bridge: Tissue Flower

Tissue Paper roses and carnations:
Bright-Ideas-Software: Tissue Paper Flowers


As you probably are aware, most pinatas are made with balloons.
However, I have been able to locate a few instructions on how to make
?balloon-less? pinatas. :)

Here is one using milk cartons:

-Milk Carton Pinata-

1. Rinse and dry a two-litre waxed cardboard drink carton. Tape the top shut. 
2. Carefully cut along three sides of the base, creating a bottom-opening flap. 
3. Measure the circumference of the carton and cut several lengths of
crepe paper to fit around the carton.
4. Fold each strip of crepe paper in half. To make the fringe, cut
across the grain, making the cuts about 1/4-inch wide and one-inch
deep (do not cut right through the fold).
5. Working from the bottom of the carton toward the top, glue the base
of each paper strip to the carton with the tips of the fringe pointing
down. Overlap each row until the whole carton is covered. Change
colors according to your design.
6. Fill the pinata from the bottom, then tape the flap lightly closed.
Thread a string through the top.

Source: Canoe - Lifewise: Make your own pinatas


Instructions for making a pinata out of a paper bag:

-Paper Bag Monster Pinata Craft-

Supplies needed: 
A large paper bag 
Tissue paper 
Crepe paper streamers 
Optional: Googly eyes, paint  

1. Fill a paper bag about half way with goodies (like candies and small toys). 
2. Roll the top of the bag down, staple the folded top shut, and punch
two holes along the top.
3. Cut strips of tissue paper and cut fringes in them. 
4. Glue the fringes of tissue paper to the bag (glue along the top of
the fringes). Cover the bag with tissue paper.
5. Decorate with paper cut-outs, markers, paint, and/or googly eyes. 
6. Tie a long string through the holes. You will eventually hang the
pinata up using this string.
7. Glue long crepe paper streamers from the bottom of the pinata. 
You now have a scary monster pinata. Hang it up and break it open with
a soft bat (like a Nerf bat or a tightly-rolled-up and taped

Source: Enchanted Learning: Bag Pinata


More ways for making pinatas ( I included one with balloons, just for fun!)

Planet Shoup: Holiday Pinata


Domestic-Church: Making a Pinata

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I hope the information provided is helpful. If you have any questions
regarding my answer please don't hesitate to ask before rating it.

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