photo by Anastasia Marie
- foam brush
- tissue paper
I’ve been a fan of paper flowers as soon as I saw them for the first time. I always told myself that one day I would attempt to make some just like Martha Stewart, but after years and years, I still haven’t quite made the time. I remember almost buying a book on how to make paper flowers, but in the end putting it back on the shelf saying to myself, “Maybe later …”
Paper flowers or no, at least I have made tissue flowers. They don’t have quite the same look, but they are just as fun and so much faster to make.
My latest creation was fringe blooms on painted paintbrushes.
Here’s the how to:
1. Take your foam brush and randomly apply thin layers of various colors of paint on your paintbrushes. This really only looks good when you have the natural uncoated wood paintbrushes. Let them dry completely.
2. In the meantime, cut strips of tissue paper about 1.5″ inches wide, varying the length of each set of six strips so you can make both small and large flowers.
3. Give the strips some fringe action with your scissors, leaving about half an inch uncut from the end.
4. Roll the six tissue strips together; make sure to interchange the colors for some texture.
5. Insert the dry paintbrush through the middle, pinch the end of the tissue flower, and secure onto the paintbrush with tape.
6. Wrap a piece of tissue paper around the taped portion to hide it, and secure it with a dab of glue.
7. Ruffle the flowers up a bit and place in a glass jar and you’re ready to go!