Ruffle flowers

That’s my scientific name for them. Eventually, these will become the decorations for our altar. First things first, though. Let’s make them. You’ll need tissue paper, floral tape, floral wire, floral stems (green wire sticks), scissors.

Step one:

Cut your tissue paper into rectangles. Mine are roughly 4×6, but if you vary your sizes and proportions, you can make them look exactly the way you want them to. Stack several of them one on top of the other. I found that 13 gave me the look I preferred.

Fold lengthwise like an accordion. My folds are about 3/4 inch to 1 inch apart. Your will vary depending on the size of your squares and the look you want.

Twist a length of wire around the folded paper right in the middle. 

 Fan out the paper so it looks like a bow tie, then lift the sheets individually, straight up. 

 Fluff until you get the desired look. Feel free to use the scissors to remove any wayward corners or add any dimension. 

 I need 48 to finish my altar arrangements, but these flowers are super easy. 

 Some tips and tricks:

  • You will rip off a petal now and again. It’ll still look ok. I ripped five petals out of one of them and it wasn’t that obvious.
  • Don’t stress about the measurements being exact. It doesn’t make a huge difference.
  • Fiddle with it until you are satisfied, and remember that having them in a bundle hides a lot of the flaws.
  • Most of all, it’s an art not a science.

Special thanks to Possemember Whitney for fluffing help (I plied her with booze!) and to Mr. Dear for playing photographer.


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