DIY Paper Flowers- my gift to the house

paper flower
We are redoing our living room space. Again. I feel like we’re always tweaking it around, but I think this time we’ve got the right plan, which all started with an eagle lamp. And this painting. It’ll all make sense soon. Hopefully.

paper flower
And, even though I love them, having having fresh flowers and plants is a luxury I can’t enjoy these days, because Gracie eats everything. So I made flowers to accessorize the new living room decor. A little bouquet of DIY paper flowers. I started with the basic anemone class that Livia Cetti teaches on Creativebug. I love their black centers, but wanted some very pale petals. I did the dip bleaching technique she outlines, using strips of regular old tissue in various colors and dipping them part way into a bleach solution to take away some of the color. It gave them such a beautiful organic feel! The petals are the perfect shade of blush pink to white, with a little cream mixed in. I was going for a billowy, cloud-like, yet modern feel and I think I got it.
paper flower
I don’t think I’ll give up quilt making for tissue flower making any time soon though. These lovelies take some skill, but you should definitely try them yourself. I finally got the hang of it after about the tenth one (I wanted to make at least a dozen). I have a ton more tissue paper, and supplies- such an inexpensive project. Hope to make more in the future. Thankfully, Gracie has zero interest in these, and they are right at home in a vase from my nemadji collection, a few of which are pictured below.
paper flower