If you are familiar with the Mexican culture, then you must have seen these beautiful Mexican tissue paper flowers before.
These flowers are popular, beautiful, colorful and very easy to make.
Mexican tradition says that these tissue paper flowers were first used in churches – or home altars – as an inexpensive offering. They were soon replaced by votive candles.
In order to make these flowers, you will need:
- Tissue paper of various colors, 6 to 12 inches wide and as long as you wish. Stack 6 pieces together.
Note:I like to make mine about 12 inches wide for a big beautiful rose. Six inches will give you a smaller flower.
- Green pipe cleaners
Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers: Instructions
1) Take your stack of tissue paper and beginning at the bottom make 1-inch folds along in the entire layer then continue in an accordion-fashion as if to make a fan.
2) Secure the center of your “fan” with one green pipe cleaner.
3) With the scissors, trim the ends of your “fan” into an arch.
Note: at this point, you could use craft scissors which would give you a ruffled edge.
4) Fan out your flower and carefully start separating each layer until your flower is all formed.
Paper Flowers Fun facts:
- Paper crafting made its way from Asia to Mexico via the Manila galleons that regularly crossed the Pacific Ocean from the Philippines to Acapulco, Mexico. A common name for tissue paper is “papel de China” (paper from China) or “papel de seda” (paper of silk). Paper crafting was one of the imports from the Spanish ships when they arrived in Mexico. Since then, paper crafting has taken on many forms, such as cascarones (hollowed out eggs decorated with tissue paper and filled with confetti), pinatas (animal figures made of paper and filled with treats), papel de picado (punched paper artwork) and paper flowers.
- After the Spanish conquest, tissue paper became the paper of choice for Christian decorations through paper crafting. The delicateness of the tissue paper made it seem more natural than sturdier material. It was during the Colonial times that making paper flowers became popular. The paper flowers of Colonial times were smaller and more muted than those found today, with most being white or cream colored.
- Paper flowers were first predominantly used in churches or home altars, possibly as inexpensive offerings from the Indians. When votive candles began being used in churches, paper flowers were barred because they posed a fire hazard and became too dangerous. Eventually, paper flowers became more secular and were made more elegant, colorful and flamboyant.
Fun facts from http://www.ehow.com/about_5368006_history-mexican-tissue-flowers.html