Monday, April 15, 2013

a pretty paper flower for your napkins


For my Mom’s birthday brunch I placed a tissue and crepe paper flower on top of each of the napkins and it was such a feminine touch, I thought I’d share it with you since Mother’s Day is around the corner.

The brunch turned out so nice and the best part was the wonderful chat my Mom and I ended up having. But that’s a topic for another post.

Right now I want to show you how to make these sweet looking flowers.

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If you’ve made a tissue pom-pom before than you already know how to do this, it’s just a modified version.

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But if don’t know anything about tissue balls don’t worry because I took some photos for you. This is what I used to make my flowers.


The tissue paper is in stacks of five. You can also get creative and combine colors if you want.

The size of your tissue squares will determine your flower size. The bigger the square, the bigger the flower. When you begin folding make sure your stack of FIVE tissue squares are lined up together and then you simply fold, accordion style.


Press edges of tissue together and tie with wire. Next you cut your edges.

Notice how the wire is tied on the side of the tissue? This is the same way to make a hanging tissue ball.


Now you simply turn it so the twisted wire is facing you, and fan both sides out gently.

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The wire will be sticking up in the middle.

You can trim it or use this spot for hot glue if you want to embellish with something weighty.

I just stuck the crepe paper flower right inside the center.

Here’s my version of a quick crepe paper flower. I should warn you that I’m not a perfectionist about this, so if you know a better method let me know.

How to make the pink crepe paper flower for the center


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When it was completed, I laid it on the napkins but since there’s wire in the middle you could pull a ribbon through it and tie it to your napkins if you prefer.

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Well, what do you think?

It’s definitely a girly touch and my Mom was so appreciative, not just of these flowers but the entire table. But she always is. She’s the person who taught me the importance of making ordinary occasions into festive celebrations. It never mattered that we were surrounded by males (three brothers and my Dad) who might not notice the tiny details…

Creating beautiful tables was just as important as the food we served. And the truth is, we never considered it extra “work” because we got so much happiness

out of making things look special.


Do you know what I mean?




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Anonymous said...

Yes, I do know what you mean. So pretty. Thank you. How lovely that you were able to enjoy your mom's birthday with her.

Unknown said...

Sooooo pretty!
I love decorating the table for family meals - ( don't know how appreciated it is - but love the process of it actually ! )

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

So pretty and it definitely reminds me of a peony! Thanks for the tutorial!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

The flowers are sweet and it looks like a wonderful gathering! Best wishes to your mom!

Leslie said...

Wonderful tutorial and I'm sure your Mom loved them. ..making occasions special by adding these sweet touches is so important. That was great advice from you Mom:) thanks for sharing!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Leslie, what adorable flowers! I'm pinning these! They really make a feminine statement!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very pretty Leslie...the whole table looked beautiful! Belated Birthday wishes to your mom!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I sure do know what you mean:) Loved that you mom was so happy on her birthday:)


What a cute craft idea!Love those sweet flowers♥


michele said...

oh i do. what a lovely thing to share with your mom. my mom has the best eye for design and style and sees the details others don't. this flower detail is right up my alley. i have always loved making tissue flowers (as a kid, we used kleenex) and it still calms me!

smiles to you.


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

They are so sweet! I'm sure your mom did love them...not only beautiful but created by you! Thanks so much for the "how to" will have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Oh yes I do Leslie. I have always enjoyed building these memories with my own daughter. We have a lot of fun setting the table on the weekend and making everything feel just that little bit more special than it might during the week. My mom and I did the same thing. It was always the time when we got to pull out the silver and the nice dishes and one of our favourite table cloths. I think these little rituals are really grounding. They give you a sense of purpose. Not a bad thing really.

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

How sweet! And I can imagine doing these with my daughter one day. In the kitchen with cups of herbal tea. Makes me remember the crazy little dolls she used to make for me with corn cobs and pegs and material scraps. Treasures. Xcat

Onine Florist said...

Truly awesome Arrangement of Flowers !!!

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