I had not made them since I was a little girl, but after experimenting a little bit I found that it's extremely easy to make gorgeous flowers... so easy that I kind of went into OCD mode and filled up the living room with them... but that's for another post!
You'll need: tissue paper (six to eight layers), scissors, and wire or ribbon. That's it!
First, start with six to eight layers of tissue paper in roughly a square shape. My tissue paper happens to be nearly square, but if yours is more rectangular, you'll want to trim it a bit. Don't worry about precision. Play with it and see what results you get.
I like six layers of tissue paper the best. So, for this flower I started with two layers of goldenrod, two layers of lemon yellow, and two layers of white. The color on the top of your pile will be the center of the flower.
I found that for the prettiest blending of colors it works best to go either light to dark or vice versa and to stay in the order of the colors in the rainbow. This makes the tissue paper colors blend really well as the light shines through them. So, you could have a dark blue blending to purple. Or a pale green blending through yellow to orange. But, if you stick with those basics the colors all really work well together.
Again, this does NOT have to be perfectly measured, but if done correctly, you should have the same color on the top and bottom of your finished fan folded stack of tissues. My stack has goldenrod (the bottom color) showing. If yours has one color on top and the other on the bottom, don't worry... just adjust the folds slightly next time.
Next, fold your fan in half. As you can see the edges of my tissue paper sheets do not line up perfectly.
It should look like this...
Start at the edges and cut towards the center.
Next, open up your fan and it should look like this. Rounded at each end with the notches cut out of the center and 1/3 tissue left in the middle. This part is the center of your flower.
Take a piece of ribbon or wire and secure this center. I used curling ribbon, but you can use fabric ribbon or a pipe cleaner or piece of wire. Anything to hold it tight!
Open up the ends of your fan with your center color (in this case white) on top. Begin with your center layer and carefully separate the tissue layers and fluff towards the center.
Don't worry too much if you rip a layer. Just get the scissors out and round out the torn edges.
When you have finished separating all the layers your flower should look like this... que bonita!
Next up... variations with spiky petals and a pom-pom center!