Update: The tutorial below still works just fine, but I've since written a better illustrated one for making tissue paper flowers and pom pom garland here.
They're a far cry from the beautiful creations by these local artisans, but Bo and I made some tissue paper flowers today.
My sister and I used to make these when we were little. We'd use a whole box of Kleenex and spray them with perfume (I'm sure my mom was thrilled).
Bo and I used the other kind of tissue paper instead (the stuff you cram into a gift bag when you stop at Target on your way to a birthday party to buy the gift and the wrappings all at once).
Everyone and their brother probably knows how to do this already, but here are instructions just in case:
-Cut tissue paper into several same-size squares. No need to be this guy about it. Rough edges are fine. Eight or so squares are plenty.
-Lay the pieces atop one another, then fold them like an accordion (see middle photo).
-Wrap something around the middle of the accordion, like scotch tape or yarn. Then wrap a green pipe cleaner around it, too, to create a stem.
-Now gently pull each layer of tissue paper toward the center, sort of fluffing as you go. There are more complicated ways to do this, but that's the crafting-with-kids version.
There she be! A crunchy, scrunchy flower that somewhat resembles a carnation or peony. Bo has had some pink ones hanging in her room for several months, but the flowers we made today will be decorations for her rainbow-themed birthday party.