How to wrap flowers in tissue paper

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How to wrap flowers in tissue paper
Use colours that contrast or complement your flowers to make a statement. (DAJ/amana images/Getty Images)

Wrapping flowers in tissue paper jazzes up any bouquet, whether it's wildflowers or long-stemmed roses. Use complementary colours or contrasting colours depending on the effect you wish to achieve, and finish the bouquet with a strip of ribbon to rival any florist's work. Add metallic foil tissue paper, use stripes or polka dots with solid sheets, or go for simple white tissue. Whatever you do, you'll know the recipient of the flowers will know just how much they mean to you when they see the work you've put into the bouquet.

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Things you need

  • Tissue paper
  • Waxed paper
  • Rubber band
  • Ribbon
  • Damp paper towel
  • Cling film or bag
  • Scissors
  • Plastic tape

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  1. 1

    Wrap the flower stems in the wet paper towel and surround the towel in a bag or cling film. Use a rubber band to secure the towel and plastic.

  2. 2

    Tear waxed paper long enough to wrap around your bouquet but short enough to not completely cover the flowers. Lay the flowers so that there is approximately 5 cm (2 inches) of stem extending above the top of the waxed paper. Wrap the paper around the flowers, being careful not to hide the blossoms. You may need to trim the waxed paper. Tape the waxed paper wrapping to keep it in place.

  3. 3

    Lay down several sheets of tissue paper. Make sure the surface is clean and dry, so that the tissue doesn't tear or warp. Rest the flowers at one end of the tissue paper, just as you did with the waxed paper. Wrap the paper gently around the flowers, one sheet at a time or all three together.

  4. 4

    Tape the rolled tissue paper in place. Fold each piece of the layered tissue out and down to enhance the presentation.

  5. 5

    Cut a length of ribbon to tie twice around the bouquet and finish with a bow in front. This will vary depending on the thickness of the stems and the number of stems. Make sure the ribbon covers the tape you used to secure the tissue paper.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also simply lay the flowers down on the tissue paper, diagonally in the middle, and pull the tissue paper to meet in the middle to create a cone-shaped wrap.
  • Try coloured cellophane over plain tissue paper for a new look.
  • Make bouquets with wrapped stems before wrapping everything in tissue paper.

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