Use tissue paper for more than just gift wrapping--use it for making crafts. It is a safe and easy material for both adults and kids to work and create with. Not only is tissue paper not expensive, it comes in a wide variety of colours. Tissue paper can be found anywhere from art supply stores to gift shops to department stores--and even at chemists.
Pick out the colour or colours of tissue paper that you want your flower to be and stack 18 pieces of it neatly on top of each other. Using more than one colour is OK, as long as the sheets are arranged in a regular pattern.
Using a ruler and a pencil, measure and draw a 6-inch by 8-inch rectangle on the top sheet of the tissue paper. Using a pair of scissors, cut through all of the sheets at one time, being careful to cut on the lines.
With the stack of cut sheets together, fold the tissue paper in about 1/2-inch vertical folds as if making a fan, folding back and fourth until the entire width of tissue paper is neatly folded.
Take a green or brown pipe cleaner and twist the end of it securely all the way around the centre of the folded tissue paper.
Cut 1/2-inch strips at the tips of all of the tissue paper at both ends along the fan fold lines, and then fold the tissue paper in half over the pipe cleaner with the long end of the pipe cleaner hanging down.
Separate each individual piece of tissue from each other while arranging the "flower petals" in a circular pattern around the centre of the twisted pipe cleaner. Use extra caution while separating the tissue paper, being very gentle so as not to rip it. Repeat this step on the other side.
Cut out a heart shape in a piece of pink construction paper.
Cut 2-inch square pieces of tissue paper in any colour you choose. (Purple looks nice on pink.)
Fold each piece of tissue paper from corner to corner, creasing it going both directions.
Taking the tissue paper in your fingers, fold the centre crease of the tissue paper so it is scrunched up at the tip and stick the tissue paper around the outside of the heart using a drop of glue.
Either decorate the middle with a smaller heart shape of glued tissue paper using the same method of folding and gluing the paper, or write a greeting in the middle.
Cut one sheet of tissue paper into 2-inch square pieces.
Apply a small drop of glue on a large plastic Easter egg. Scrunch up and then place a cut piece of tissue paper onto the egg. Hold until it begins to stick. Repeat until you cover the egg with pretty pieces of tissue paper.
Allow glue to completely dry before beginning the next step.
Cut a different colour of tissue paper into 1-inch square pieces.
Repeat the process using a different colour. Glue each new piece of scrunched-up 1-inch tissue paper on top of the first layer. Cover until you get the effect you desire. Allow to dry completely.
If you wish to have leaves on your flowers, one sheet of green tissue paper on the bottom layer can be folded down to create a leaf affect.
Adults should supervise children under the age of 6 when they are using a pair of scissors and glue.