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I don’t have a green thumb.  But I love orchids.  I’ve had a potted orchid on my mantle for the last 7 months but it isn’t blooming anymore.  The stem is still healthy, green and sturdy.  I read about possibly cutting the stem back and hoping for a re-bloom but, like I said, I don’t have a green thumb.  I decided to try something a little different…tissue paper flowers.

{images courtesy of Martha Stewart although they seem to be so old that I can’t find a direct link to the original ones}

After studying a few how-to’s, this is how I went about making my faux flowers:  I got my supplies together.  This included tissue paper, scissors, wire {you could use pipe cleaners or string also} and a wire cutter.


I cut the tissue paper into squares.  {For my bigger flower I cut  7 ~6″x6″ squares and for the smaller flowers I cut 5 ~3″x3″ squares.}

Keeping the squares stacked, I folded them accordion-style, back and forth onto themselves.

I cut and secured a piece of wire around the middle of my folded tissue paper.  I left the wire ends long enough to allow for attachment to my orchid stem later.

I used my scissors to round off each end of the accordioned squares.  You can cut the ends rounder or pointier, depending on what you want your flower to look like.

I gently fanned and pulled up each individual sheet of paper.  I did this on each end.

I finished the flower by shaping it into a round bloom.

Then I simply attached it to my bare stem using the wire that held the middle of the tissue paper squares together.  I just twisted the wire securely {but not tight enough to cause damage} around the stem.

I followed the same steps to make 2 smaller blooms for the top of the stem.  Here’s my final product up on the mantle…



Violà!  Super-duper cheap and easy.  And I can’t kill them.  I’m still adding 3 ice cubes weekly to my pot to keep the stem alive.  Does anyone have experience with keeping an orchid blooming indoors longer than 6-7 months?  If so, your advice is appreciated!

11 Comments

18.October.2010

I love these! Somehow I want to incorporate these into a centerpiece or maybe just a wedding favor Megan’s wedding. So pretty!

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replied on October 18th, 2010

Rihana – I’ve been thinking about Megan’s wedding. There are a lot of great tissue paper ideas for wedding decorations on Martha Stewart’s website. Super cheap, too!

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18.October.2010

My mom and I have dozens of orchids and the key to getting them to rebloom is to cut the stem at the base and then water with a specialized orchid “bloom” fertilizer. But this option is a super cute way to keep them looking fabulous forever!

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replied on October 18th, 2010

Felicity – I’m so happy to have a fellow orchid-lover who actually knows how to keep these things alive! Thank you so much for the info. Where do you get your fertilizer from? Maybe I’ll try that when I get tired of the tissue flowers…or I could always transplant the tissue paper flowers somewhere else.

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19.October.2010

so, so, pretty! we used to make tissue paper flowers as kids (or if we were out of tissue paper, three-ply Kleenex!) I don’t think we rounded the ends like that, but it certainly adds a more polished touch.

what a fun way of dressing up your orchid while you wait for a new bloom!

Paper Source has all sorts of great paper flower kits, but they’re a little expensive–I bet you could get lots of DIY ideas here:

http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/kits/flower-kits.html

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19.October.2010

We have big pink ones hanging over my daughters’ beds and get such comments on them! They’re gorgeous!

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19.October.2010

I spotted this post of yours yesterday and wanted to let you know that I linked up to it from a blog I contribute to, Style Lush (www.stylelushblog.com). This is a brilliant way to use the tissue paper flowers and adorable as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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19.October.2010

Love. Love. These. I helped with a wedding a couple months ago where we made a GAZILLION of these. http://janieeisenhart.blogspot.com/2010/09/wedding-and-wall.html
It turned out beautiful. Love your blog and can’t wait to see the finished product of the quote sign in your room :)

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27.October.2010

this is such a good idea! i’m always looking for ways to make my house a little bit more beautiful :)

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19.November.2010

Dana,
I linked to your blog through AP and I’ve been absolutely hooked since! My friends have been pushing me to get into interior desing as, like you, I have a nack, but no formal training. However, I’ve had an epiphany! I LOVE your blog because it’s REAL and ACHIEVABLE, which is really my design philosophy. If you feel like you’ve been hugged when you walk into a space, then it’s perfect! Thank you for all the great posts and ideas! I’ll stick to my “unproffesional ” eye…I think it might take me further!

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