Monday, June 1, 2009

Paper Peonies

The birthday decorations have finally, FINALLY come down. They've been up since the end of March. MARCH. First for Aryn and then for Zoe. I have to admit though, I liked having them up. They're so pretty and added fun color to the kitchen.

I got the idea from Keri, who made some for her daughter's birthday. Heather made some cute polka dot ones for her sister-in-laws baby shower, and I saw some over on Autumn's blog for a bridal shower. So they're pretty versatile decorations, easy to make, and look beautiful hanging from the ceiling!!

My mom has made them a lot for different things, so she came over and showed me how to make them. Let me show YOU how it's done...

You will need: tissue paper, scissors, garbage ties or wire, yarn.

You can use 6 or 8 sheets of tissue paper.
Decide on the size of flower you want. Small-cut the tissue paper in half. Medium-cut some of the top off. Large-use the full size.
Fold the paper back and forth into an accordion fan.
Cut the ends on both sides into either a rounded shape or a point (like the white).

Twist the garbage tie or wire around the middle of the accordion fan.

Very carefully, pull the sheets of tissue paper apart individually toward the wired center. Go slowly because the paper rips VERY easily. Make sure to do this to both sides.

Voila! A beautiful paper peony.
Make a bunch of different colors and sizes, tie on some yarn, and hang them from your ceiling. (I'm thinking of hanging ours back up in the girls' room.)


The Heaton's said...

If I ever need an idea about something, I'm calling you! You know all the tricks! Those are soooo cute! What a great idea for all occasions!

Nicole said...

That is VERY cool!!

Ence Family said...

Those are so cute! You should hang them up in your girls room.

Angie said...

I love the flowers! I have made little ones before, but not this big. They are really cute!

morgan and tina said...

Thanks! I was wondering how to do those and I have a shower to do this summer so I'm thinking I'll be doing that! Thanks Rayn

The Gubler Fam said...

I have made them before but they definatley are not as cute as yours!

Shannon said...

I loved your paper peonies. I think you should definitely use them in the girls room.

Mubeen said...

Jeez!!! You are so good at this stuff! You make it look so easy! I'll have to keep it in mind!

Chris and Kathy Hurst said...

Thanks for posting that, Rayn! I'm going to get Shania and try to make some!!!!

La Maison Reid said...

Those colors are so pretty! I just made some large (I call them Victorian Roses) tissue paper flowers for my daughter's bridal shower last month (pale pink and white) and just this morning helped a friend make some for a shower she was giving. Her tissue paper (white) from Target had a lovely lavender cast to it. Mine (white) from Target were just plain white. GO figure!