Easter and Spring Crafts
Simple Folded Bouquet
What you will make:
In this project, make a pretty bouquet out of construction paper and
tissue paper. No pattern is needed: just fold, cut, tape and glue! When
finished, the bouquet will stand on its own and be ready to display.
This project is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this
project will go quickly.
Here's what you need:
- Construction paper—brown and green
- Tissue paper—yellow and pink
- White glue or glue stick
- Clear tape
- Optional: White tissue paper (as an alternative
to the yellow and pink tissue paper), markers
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Simple Folded Bouquet
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed to make the folded bouquet. If
needed, cut the green and brown construction paper to 9" by
12" (standard sheet). Cut two 10" (25 cm) squares of yellow tissue
paper and a 6¼" (15 cm) square of pink tissue paper. White tissue
paper may be used in place of the yellow and pink tissue paper. Use
markers to color the white tissue paper.
Tip: If you are doing this craft with a group of
children, make a sample bouquet and pre-cut enough paper for the
entire group. For added creativity, let the children select their
own colors of construction paper and tissue paper.
- Step 2: Create Center
Scrunch up one square of the yellow tissue paper into a tight
ball. The tissue ball should be about 2" (5 cm) in diameter. Place the ball in the center of the other yellow tissue
Bring the edges of the square down around the ball and smooth out.
Tear off a 3½" (9 cm) piece of tape and wrap around the
gathered tissue near the bottom edges. Do not wrap tightly.
Tip: The bouquet center will measure about 2"
in diameter and 4" in height.
- Step 3: Fold and Cut
Fold the brown construction paper in half lengthwise. Use a
ruler and pencil to mark cutting lines.
Draw a line lengthwise 1½" (4 cm) in from the open
edges. Draw lines crosswise from the first line to the folded edge,
spacing them 1" (2.5 cm) apart. Repeat with the green
paper, but make the crosswise lines ½" (1.5 cm) apart.
On both papers, cut through both layers on the crosswise lines from
the folded edge.
- Step 4: Wrap Green Paper
Wrap the green construction paper around the yellow tissue paper
roll. Hold the tissue roll with its rounded end up and the green
paper with the cut edge up. The top edges of the tissue roll and the
construction paper should be even.
Tape the lower side edge of the green paper to the tissue roll.
Wrap the green paper loosely around the tissue roll. It will wrap 2
to 3 times. Tape the second edge of the green paper to the
underlying green paper. The green flaps form the stems of the
- Step 5: Wrap Brown Paper
Wrap the brown construction paper around the green construction
paper. Hold the brown paper about ½" (1.5 cm) lower than the
green paper and tape down the edge anywhere onto the roll. Wrap the
brown paper very loosely around the green paper by using your
fingers as spacers. Try to keep the brown flaps offset from each
other. This layer should wrap around 2 or fewer times.
Tape the second edge of the brown paper to the underlying
brown paper. Trim off any yellow tissue paper that is hanging below
the brown paper.
Tip: The bouquet should now be able to stand up
- Step 6: Cut Florets
Cut the pink tissue paper into 25 squares to make the florets.
To do this, fan-fold the pink tissue paper so it has five layers that
are 1¼" (3 cm) wide . Cut across
all five layers four times, in equal sections about 1¼" (3
cm) apart. Unfold the strips and cut on all the folds. There are now
25 small squares of pink tissue paper.
Push your finger into the center of each square to form the small
- Step 7: Glue
Hold one finger inside the top of a green fold—this is a
stem. Place a dab of glue onto the top center of the green fold.
Hold a finger from the other hand inside a floret and press it onto
the glue. Repeat for all the green folds.
Tip: A glue stick can also be used—just apply
- Step 8: Finish
After the glue dries, reshape the florets to look pretty. Push
down on the brown flaps so they are rounded on the top.
That's it! Enjoy your bouquet!
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