Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tissue Paper Flowers


-tissue paper
-green pipe cleaners
-ruler (optional)

-Cut a few pieces tissue paper into roughly 5x7 inches pieces. Exact size is not important, the bigger your pieces the bigger the flower. The more pieces the fuller the flower, 15 pieces is often suggested.
-Stack the pieces of tissue paper. Use the same color or different colors.
-Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side.
-Wind one end of the pipe cleaner around the middle of the pleated tissue paper.
-Trim the ends of each side to give the petals a unique look. (Trim to a point or rounded for example.)
-Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower on one side, then the other.
Tip: If you want your flower to have some leaves, place a small stack (maybe 2-6 sheets) of green tissue paper on top of your other stack before folding. Trim the green paper into the shape of a leaf.

Marble Painting

  • Paint: fingerpaints or Crayola washable kids' paints work well.
  • Small cups or bowls: one for each color you plan to use
  • Box: shoeboxes or any box with a lid (I did not use a lid and it was fine)
  • Paper: small enough to lay flat inside the shoebox
  • Marbles or small balls
  • Tape
How to make:
  1. Cut a piece of paper small enough to fit inside the box.
  2. Tape the piece of paper to the bottom of the box. The best way to do this is to make a circle out of the tape, with sticky side on the outside. Put the tape on the bottom of the box and place paper on top of it.
  3. Pour a small amount of paint into the cup or bowl.
  4. Place 1 marble or ball inside each cup of paint.
  5. Ensure the marble is covered with paint.
  6. Place 1 marble on top of piece of paper.
  7. Put lid on the box.
  8. Shake the box.
  9. Remove lid and marble.
  10. Repeat steps 6-9 until all colored marbles have been used.
  11. Set aside to dry.