For this DIY I worked with J Banks Designer, Deb Van Plew, to help her create a hanging centerpiece for our hospitality tent at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. Deb envisioned a huge chandelier-like piece composed of vibrant tissue paper flowers intertwined with white paper lanterns that would provide scale and volume.
I was so excited to start this project because Pinterest is overflowing with images of tissue paper flowers and poms. One of the things I like about these flowers is that they capture the beauty of flowers but with a quirky and whimsical twist. Before we began to assemble the ‘chandelier,’ a few of the J Banks team members and I got together to start making the tissue paper flowers.
Step 1. Begin by laying the tissue paper flat and stacking the colors in the order you want them to appear in the flower. I used two pieces of tissue paper per color so that each color would pop!
Step 2. Once you have laid out all of your tissue paper, start at one end and begin folding the stacked tissue paper like an accordian . Try to keep the lines even. This initial fold will be a guide for you throughout the creation of your flower.
Step 3. Once you have folded the stack, separate all of the colors and fold them back into the accordian fold individually.
Step 4. Lay the colors in the order in which you want them to appear in your flower. Begin trimming the ends of the tissue paper into curves or triangles. We wanted our flowers to be a bit edgier so we went with the triangle shape.
Step 5. As you are trimming the edges into triangles, begin staggering the length of the various colors of tissue paper. The shortest pieces will appear in the center of your flower and the longer pieces will be on the outside of the bloom.
Step 6. Starting with your longest section of tissue paper, carefully unfold the tissue paper sections and layer them on top of each other (like you did in Step 1.).
Step 7. Using your guide lines (from Step 2.) carefully refold the tissue back into the accordian shape.
Step 8. Using a 12″ piece of floral wire, cinch the tissue paper in the middle and then twist the wire on the bottom to secure the fold. Leave the excess wire hanging off the bottom as this is what you will use to secure the flower to the rest of the arrangement later.
Step 9. Pull the two inner edges of the flower together and begin to open up the bloom.
Step 10. Starting in the middle of the flower, carefully lift each layer of tissue up. The tissue is thin and you might have a few little tears in the middle where the paper is bound thickly, but that is okay, just keep going and take your time. These little uh-ohs won’t show once your flower is complete.
Step 11. Continue lifting up each layer of tissue paper.
Step 12. Ta-Da! Your have a beautiful tissue paper flower!
Store the flowers somewhere safe and dry until you are ready to use them.
On set-up day we laid all of the flowers out so we could see our color selection.
Our friend Gene started to shape the ‘chandelier’ by hanging several of the white lanterns in bunches across the top of the tent.
With Deb’s guidance, he began tying in the tissue paper flowers using the wire on the back of each flower.
We varied the colors and sizes of the flowers. The asymmetry looked great!
And here is a picture of the finished product – our ‘Paper Flower Chandelier’ was the talk of the tent!
After the tournament, we were able to reuse the flowers and lanterns for a retail display!
Stay tuned as I will have another DIY project for you again in June!
Lauren Thomas, Marketing Assistant