Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet & Heart Sun Catchers Crafts

Valentine’s Day Two Timers! 2 Fun Crafts for Valentine’s Day
Guest Post byΒ Rheney Williams

Even though I grew up in a family full of boys, I’m really a ‘girlie girl’ at heart and one of my favorites parts about Valentine’s Day is getting to let that feminine flair fly free!

I love getting to use pink and purple craft materials and few things are as fun as glitter, wouldn’t you agree?

And even if boys wouldn’t agree that they love playing with frilly colors and sparkles, they would agree that their moms or other special women in their lives would love to receive something the boys had made with them in mind.

So here are two fun and inexpensive Valentine’s Day craft projects that you can make with your kids to celebrate Heart Day in all of its girlie glory and display in your casement windows to share the love with everyone around you.

Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet

To make tissue paper flowers (like the one in the purple Mason jar above!), stack together sheets of tissue paper in at least two different colors.

I cut 8 sheets measuring about 7″ x 9″ each and stacked five sheets of pale pink on top of 3 sheets of hot pink.

Line them up and start folding them accordion-style in 1 Β½” widths.

Wrap the entire accordion with a white chenille pipe cleaner and twist it around at the base to secure the folds.

Create the curves of the blooms by cutting around each end with scissors.

Holding the twist tie in your hand like a popsicle stick, carefully pull each layer of tissue paper up and towards the center, separating as you go.

Continue all the way around the flower and fluff each petal into place!

You can cut smaller pieces of tissue for smaller flowers and use any color combos you choose. And you’re left with flowers that stay ‘fresh’ long after Valentine’s Day.

Display them in a pretty vase on your windowsill and never worry about watering!

Valentine’s Heart Sun Catchers

Don’t worry – I didn’t forget about the glitter portion of our projects! For this craft, you’ll need extra fine glitter, a few more chenille pipe cleaners, glitter puff paint and pretty thread for hanging your sparkling sun catchers in your windows.

I used a few little glass ornaments plus glitter and matching paint in hot pink, light pink/purple and silvery white.

You could also use large ornaments and even the plastic ones if that’s all you have on hand. However, the glass really is the best material for catching the light from the sun.

To create the glittery globes, remove the metal hook top and squeeze some of the glitter paint into the ornament. Cover the opening with your thumb and gently shake the ornament, turning and twisting it so that the inside is completely coated. Set it aside to dry slightly.

Meanwhile, make a tiny funnel with a sheet of paper wrapped into a cone and secured at the top with a piece of tape. Place the tip of the funnel into the top of the ornament and sprinkle in some glitter. Follow the same process for coating the inside of the ornament with the glitter. Leave it uncovered and upright at least overnight to dry. Replace the metal hook top on each ornament.

Take a pipe cleaner and thread it through the ornament hook, bending it in the middle into a “V” just above the hook top.

Take each end of the cleaner and loop them down to meet in the middle, creating a heart shape. Twist the ends together in the center.

I used a red and white twisted thread and looped one end around each side of the heart to create a balanced ‘swing’ to hold the heart steady as it hangs.

If you can imagine a bench swing with a flat piece of wood as the seat with a hole drilled into each side and a long rope pulled down one hole and over and up through the other hole before securing both sides on the branch of a tree above? Same idea with an extra loop on each side!

Hang them in your windows from a piece of tape looped through each threaded knot at the top of each ornament and securing them to the casement or you can even dangle them from your pulled-up window blinds.

Clean your window glass and wipe down the casement sides to really bring out the best in your glittery Valentine’s Day globes!

And now that you know how to dress up your windows from top to bottom this Valentine’s Day, who’s the lucky lady recipient? If you’re making them for yourself (like I did!), what fun colors are you going to use?

Rheney Williams writes about DIY home dΓ©cor projects for doors and windows for The Home Depot. In addition to writing about craft projects, Rheney is busy updating her Charleston, S.C., home with all manner of custom Lowcountry touches. To visit Home Depot’s casement windows page, click here.

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33 Comments

  1. Cool tissue paper flower. It looks much simpler to make than the flower would imply.

  2. Those are my colors! I really need to get more creative around here. My house could use a more festive feeling for holidays.

  3. You are talking to someone who is the not in the least bit crafty. My friend does the paper flowers and I am just in awe sometimes.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    You are so crafty – I Love it. I remember making tissue paper flowers with my mom when I was little. I would love to do it with my kids now. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Lisa Thompson says:

    I love your tissue paper flowers. What a fun idea and the results are gorgeous! I may even share how to make these with my MOPS moms next week!

  6. I love this craft project for Valentine’s Day. The girls and I will have to make this for dad/hubs. He will enjoy getting V-Day gifts from his girls. And handmade is a bonus. He saves everything.

  7. These Valentine’s Day crafts look so easy and cute! I like the tissue paper flowers.

  8. Very pretty decorations. I need to hang these up in our windows. So cool!

  9. I love the tissue paper flowers! So cute πŸ™‚

    *Stopping by from kids in the kitchen.

  10. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    I just love the ombre effect of the tissue paper flowers. So pretty! I love the sun catchers too though. Everything is fun!

  11. Oh, these are so cute! I’d love to put the tissue paper flower bouquet in my kitchen.

  12. I love the tissue paper flower! Really pretty and feminine. My little girl could make these and they would look great around the house as Valentine decorations.

  13. hey, we have a TON of tiny plastic ornaments we could make sun catchers with. great idea!

  14. Both are really pretty! And I for one, like girly girl. πŸ™‚ Nice work!

  15. I love the tissue paper bouquet! My pink-obsessed daughter would especially love the colors you chose. πŸ˜‰ We’ll have to keep an eye out at the thrift stores for leftover/discarded ornaments to recreate those sun catchers. Very cool!

  16. Susanna Barbee (Zealous Mom) says:

    I love these! I am not super crafty, so I am always on the lookout for some simpler crafts to do with my boys. I could totally do these. Thank you. And have fun getting girlie this month!

  17. I love the tissue paper craft, but it’s a little hard for my little one. The heart dangler though, that’s doable!

  18. The tissue paper bouquet is so pretty! I can see how it would totally brighten up a room πŸ™‚

  19. These little crafts are both so cute and so easy to do! I love those tissue paper crafts, it reminds of when I made tissue paper flowers in elementary school!

  20. Love the Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet! Would be such a pretty way to decorate for a girl’s birthday party!

  21. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says:

    The paper flowers are too cute. Very easy, and we could do ours with leftover Christmas tissue in red and white.

  22. Love those paper flowers! They have the same basic steps as some DIY paper poms I make.

  23. Those are adorable craft ideas! I’d love tot eat the tissue paper flower craft with my daughter.

  24. I love those tissue paper flowers!! So cute, and easy enough that I could even do it!

  25. Oh this tissue paper bouquet is lovely. I can just image using different colors to get a pretty patter. Great craft idea

  26. The tissue paper flowers are adorable! I’m a big fan of the tissue paper poms and make them for most parties we host – in a variety of colors.

  27. Candy @ Candypolooza says:

    What fun Valentine’s Day craft ideas!! I want to make tissue paper flowers! I love flowers πŸ™‚ That’s a great re-use of the ornaments too!

  28. Love the flower idea – a gift that never dies!

  29. So cute. I can see my girls asking to make these for their teachers.

  30. Love the flower! I’ve always wanted to know how to make these. Very cute!

  31. Really cute bouquet πŸ™‚ I haven’t made tissue paper flowers since I was a kid, I think I need to resurrect that skill and make some with my daughter.

  32. You are so crafty! I love the sun catchers, I would have never thought to use ornaments for Valentine’s Day crafts!

  33. Jenny Jenkins says:

    Thanks for the article. This is a neat craft. I may make one to put in front of my new windows I am now able to see clearly out the windows, maybe others can now see in clearly too and could appreciate this!

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