How to Make Paper Tussie Mussies

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How to Make Paper Tussie Mussies
This is a paper tussie-mussie with paper flowers. (origami flowers image by wildman from

Tussie-mussie flower bouquets are a Victorian tradition. The tussie-mussie cone is easy to make out of paper, fill with paper or silk flowers and decorate with ribbons, doilies, lace, beads, charms and little gifts. This is a craft project to share with your children. Use heavy wrapping paper or lightweight card stock to make the cones, preferably something with a pleasing pattern that will look good with the flowers.

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Things you need

  • 12-inch square of heavy paper
  • Paper clips
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or lace
  • Lacy paper doilies
  • Scissors
  • Beads or charms
  • Paper or silk flowers
  • Tiny bottle of essential oil
  • Delicate stationery

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  1. 1

    Fold the sheet of paper in half diagonally, to make a triangle. Lay the triangle on a table with the point facing away from you. Take the left hand corner, curl it under toward the centre and bring it up to the centre point, making a cone. Paper clip it in place. Take the right corner and wrap it around and under in the opposite direction, bringing the corner up to the back of the centre point. Paper clip that corner in place also. Dab glue between all the corners and hold them together with a paper clip or two until the glue dries.

  2. 2

    Arrange several paper flowers together and cut the stems to the right length for your tussie-mussie cone. Tie ribbon or lace around the stems.

  3. 3

    Push the centre of a paper doily into the tussie-mussie cone so that the lace edges show above the edge of the cone. If necessary poke a hole in the centre of the doily to make room for the flower stems. Position the flowers in the centre of the doily and the cone.

  4. 4

    Decorate the outside of the tussie-mussie cone. For instance, spread a band of glue about 1/4 inch wide along the outside edge of the paper cone. Roll it in beads to make a bead edging. Glue a velvet ribbon around the outside edge. Glue little charms to the ribbon.

  5. 5

    Tuck a tiny bottle of essential oil into the opening, just barely visible over the edge of the cone. As a finishing touch, write a tender note on a small piece of delicate stationery, roll it into a tube, tie it with a very narrow ribbon and tuck it into the tussie-mussie.

Tips and warnings

  • Punch a hole in the top of the tussie-mussie cone and tie a ribbon through it so that you can tie the cone to a door handle or to a branch of your Christmas tree.
  • Don't hang paper tussie-mussies near a heat source as they are definitely flammable.

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