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Pretty decor for Valentine's Day
I am having a party for my birthday this weekend and wanted few table decorations. I decided not to purchase a bunch of ready-made plastic stuff that would just end up in the landfill. I chose to make paper flowers, which are also perfect for Valentine's Day. The flowers I made look like Water Lilly’s.

Posted by Ansley B. from Los Angeles, California, United States • Published See Ansley B.'s 12 projects »

  • How to make a paper flower. Paper Water Lilly - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut four 10"x12" pieces of tissue paper and 1 layer of paper that is slightly thicker than the tissue. Stack the pieces of paper up alternating the colors with the paper bag piece on the bottom.

    Fold the paper lengthwise into 1" accordion pleats.

    Trim the ends into points. Fold the folded strip in half, and cut it along the fold line. Trim these ends into points too.

    Cut a notch on both sides of the middle of the shorter strip and tie with string.

    Open out the pleats and begin gently lifting each layer of tissue paper. The slightly thicker paper bag paper will become the bottom of the flower.


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SydneysWurld · 3 projects
very, very beautiful
Sarah S.
Sarah S.
these are beautiful!!! thank you for the how-to. I would like to make them for my daughter's birthday party. I was hoping that someone could explain what "paper bag paper" is? Is the bottom layer just a purple lunch sack? thanks so much!
deni m.
deni m. · Varna, Varna, BG · 18 projects
This idea is very clever and the flowers are so beautiful i like them Happy
Ansley B.
Ansley B. · Los Angeles, California, US · 12 projects
Thanks everyone!
Miss Mess
Miss Mess · Illinois, Illinois, US · 4 projects
i have seen many water lilies out of paper but I have to say that I love yours the best...very pretty and they look real
Kearyn Malia
Kearyn Malia · Santa Cruz, California, US · 2 projects
wow those are soooo neat.
every year at burning man I make little gifts to hand out to people and because we are having a Japanese theme this year I am totally making these. thank you for the wonderful tutorial.
I really can't get over how purty they are.
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
These are gorgeous, so pretty.
Dolly · 26 projects
Darling Niki
Darling Niki · Clearwater, Florida, US · 20 projects
Geneva I.
Geneva I. · 5 projects
these are beautimous! i want to try one before I go to bed, but I'll probly just screw it up. thanks for the inspiration!
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