by laura janning

A Late Bloomer and My Tissue Paper Flowers

February 5, 2013

There, I said it. I am a late bloomer..... but my reasons have nothing to with puberty. You see, a late bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual.  
Take for instance Maya Angelou. Did you know she was in her 60's when her poetry and books became popular. And there is Mozart, who composed his groundbreaking Concerto No.9 when he was 21.

Claude Monet got discovered for his creations in his 40's. And although Dr.Seuss wrote his first book "And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street" in his thirty's he didn't start writing successfully until his later 40's.
 Vincent van Gogh didn't start painting until his late 20's. 
And then there's my tissue paper flowers that I did not attempt to make until my mid 40's.

Clearly my skills in  tissue paper flower making came a bit later then usual.
So to celebrate this moment and in case you are a late bloomer too, I wanted to share this easy tutorial with you. 
  • 10 sheets of tissue paper
  • String or thin ribbon - length depends on how long you want to hang or suspend your flower.
  • Scissors

Step 1: Take your 10 sheets of tissue paper and fold back and forth like an accordian. Carefully press down each seam  and create flat folds. The flatter the better.

Step 2: Take your scissors and cut each of the tips in a v like cut creating a point. You can also use a rounded tip cut.
Step 3: Tie your string or thin ribbon in the center of your folded paper. It is key that the string is pulled tight.
Step 4: Begin on one side and carefully lift up each sheet of paper towards the center of the flower. You want to be gentle with this step or your flower paper will tear. 
Step 5: When one side is complete, follow this same process on the other side going the other direction until all sheets have been lifted towards the center.
Step 6: Sit back and rejoice that there is one more person on this planet who can make tissue paper flowers. 
Now if only I can get the training wheels off my bicycle!
Any other late bloomers out there?

Grateful for~
Knowing that there is always hope regardless of your age!

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  1. I love tissue paper flowers...we just made a bunch for Kate's room!

    p.s. I'm a late bloomer too :)

  2. That looks great! Such a fun pop of color. :)

  3. They are so beautiful! Great job. :)

  4. Late bloomer or not..those are beautiful! Nice job!

  5. You know they say better late than never.

  6. Maybe it is because we have the same name, but I'm a late bloomer in many ways too. In particular, I've yet to make tissue paper flowers either - so will use your tutorial and also rejoice in my late blooming! :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. All I know is I love em' and It just might be my next project.Thanks Laura


  8. Ha! I just made my first tissue paper flowers a little over a year ago for my daughter's room. I never knew they were so easy! Love your burst of red!

  9. I am having a Valentines Party. I can't wait to make these in pink and red.

  10. Hi Laura, great project, I just pinned this, I love it & the photo above your table. I too am a late bloomer, so I can relate:). Have a great week, Jen

  11. So pretty, Laura! I love the size and what a beautiful shade of red that they are! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  12. I'm usually a day late and a dollar short -- does that count?
    Love that pop of color over your table, Laura!
    xo Heidi

  13. Oh...I am still waiting to bloom! Love these!

  14. I love these! What impact, and so pretty!

  15. well I am 44 and you just taught me how to make tissue flowers! thanku! ;)

  16. Love your tissue flower paper...and it was hanging as a chandelier that will add a romantic touch...By the way thanks for sharing.

  17. These are FABULOUS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! What a POP of color! WOW!!!!! : ) sending hugs your way and let me know when you are ready ok : )

  18. I'd say that you are not a late bloomer...you always had that wonderful creativity all along.....it takes the internet to now showcase all of your talents!!...love those flowers and they look great hanging from the chandelier!

  19. So pretty my friend! Love the burst of color over the table. Now I'm thinking I may need me some colorful paper flowers in my dining room ...

    :) Linda

  20. Love these...the color is great! I am obviously a late bloomer since I have yet to try my hand at these....with your tutorial I may just have to do it! Thanks for sharing.

  21. I am a late bloomer in the crafting world, so I think even these tissue paper flowers might be a few years off for me:)


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  23. lol They are great looking paper flowers for over 40 :) I'm just saying! Have a super Valentine's Day Laura!

  24. These are soooo pretty! I have to try my hand at these for my daughter's room. I think she would love them. I am almost 42 and have yet to make one, so you are in good company :)

    xo, Tanya

  25. Love this tutorial! Have to do centerpieces for a Fashion show and this is inspiring. Wondering if they can be made smaller?? Will have to try it.
    I, too, am a late bloomer: I started my own business of "Interior Rredesign with Joy" when I turned 70 and just love it! Love your blog.


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