Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall Mum Wreath Made from Tissues



Here's a pretty craft project to hang on your wall this autumn.  This wreath is simple to make using tissues (Kleenex or other brand) and an old cereal box.

Fall Mum Wreath




Materials:

  • Empty cereal box
  • Facial tissues (about 12)*
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 Plates (one about 2" small than the other) to use as circle templates
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun
  • Liquid food color in yellow and red
  • Small empty spray bottle
  • Acrylic paints optional
* Note: The brand of facial tissues I used was Puffs Plus Lotion - The lotion tissues seem to resist tearing a little better when wet.


Cut open the cereal box and lay flat.  Trace the larger plate on the box.  Trace the smaller plate inside the first circle to make a wreath shape about 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick.  Cut out the wreath.  Mine is 9" in diameter.  I painted it with a dark acrylic paint but it really wasn't necessary.


Now it's time to make some tissue flowers.  Here's a video on how to make the flowers.  If you prefer you can secure the centers using a bit of string/yarn instead of a staple.





Make enough flowers to go all the way around your wreath and then make 4 or 5 more.  They will shrink a little during the next step.

This is the fun part.  Fill the spray bottle about half full of water and add some yellow food coloring.  The more food color you add the brighter the color.  Place the flowers on a protected surface and lightly spray.



Then rinse out the bottle and fill with water and red food coloring.  Spray the red dye randomly on the flowers to get a tie-dye effect.



Let the flowers dry overnight - or if you are impatient like me, use a hair dryer.  Then glue them to the cereal box circle.  I hot glued a paper clip to the back side so I could hang the wreath on a nail.




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