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I have made a few simple Christmas decorations lately, that can also be used to embellish wrapped presents. These tissue paper flowers are quick and easy to make, and look lovely on top of a gift. Using larger pieces of tissue paper (and more layers) this technique can also be used to make big paper pompoms.

The only materials required are a pair of scissors, some thread and a sheet of tissue paper. The flowers shown here are approximately 8cm across, and I made each one from a piece of paper that measured 50cm x 9cm.

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First cut your strip of tissue paper into four equally-sized pieces.

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Lay the pieces on top of each other and fold them (together) into a concertina. The folds for my flowers were each approximately 0.7 cm wide.

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When the paper has been folded all the way across, tie a piece of thread tightly around the centre of the folded strip.

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Next, round off each end of the folded paper- this will create the flower’s appearance of individual petals.

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Open up one end of the concertina into a ‘fan’, and then gently start to tease apart the separate layers of paper. Begin with the top layer, and then separate each of the other layers in turn. Take care with this stage, as the tissue paper can easily tear.

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Repeat with the other end of the concertina and you have one finished flower, ready to adorn a stylish gift or to be hung from a Christmas tree!

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The flowers are so easy to make that it takes no time to whip up a few!

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