Project and Photos by Erica Obrien
Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.
What you'll need:
- Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice
- Toothpicks (or skewers)
- Floral tape
Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.
Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)
Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.
Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.
Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.
Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.
Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.
Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.
Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.
Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.
Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.
Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.
Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!