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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Flower Pouf Tutorial

Materials (for 1 flower pouf)
8 sheets of tissue paper- I used 16"x 24" sheets 
curling ribbon
sharp scissors

1. Stack up your 8 sheets of tissue and fold them accordion style starting at the shorter end. 

2. It doesn't need to be perfect, but you want to make the folds as close to the same size as you can. Continue until you have accordion folded up the entire stack of sheets and then hold it down or place a weight on it so it doesn't unfold on you while you get your ribbon.
*Note: You can determine the size of your pouf at this point. To make a large one, use the entire length of tissue. To make 2 medium sized poufs, cut the accordion folded tissue in half to make 2 smaller pieces and proceed to steps 3-9 on each piece.

3. Tie a length of ribbon around the center of your folded tissue paper. Leave some excess for hanging your pouf when it's complete.  

4. Now, trim the edges of your folded tissue. Using sharp scissors, cut either a rounded edge as shown or a pointed edge shown below. Each will give you slightly different looks.

5. Once you have done this, it is important to make sure your ribbon is tied in the exact center. Fold it in half to find your center and adjust the ribbon as needed by sliding it in place. If it is off-center, your flower will not be round when it's complete.

6. Place your tissue on it's side as shown and spread out your folds a bit, making a double fan.

7. Carefully separate the first layer of tissue from the rest on one side and pull it as close to the center as you can. Be sure not to pull so hard that you rip the tissue. Here's what it will look like with just one layer of tissue pulled from the rest.

8. Continue to do this until you have pulled up 4 pieces of tissue on one side. It should look like this.

9. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the tissue completing half of the pouf flower. You can leave it like this if you want to pin it directly on a wall or set it on a table, because the opposite side will be flat. 

Here is an example of a half pouf pinned to the wall.

This is what the opposite side should look like if you choose to make a half-flower.

To complete a full flower, repeat steps 7-9 on the back side and you will have a full pouf. It will require some adjusting to even out the petals and hide any gaps.

Hang them individually.  .  .
 or in clusters for a different effect.
(The more the merrier in my opinion!) 

Happy Crafting!

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