I have a fun and easy Valentine’s Day craft today – DIY Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries. These Fringed, Tissue Paper Trees are a fast and inexpensive way to dress up your Valentine’s Day décor (the sequin tissue paper was less than a dollar a pack – score!). I wasn’t sure about adding black to my Valentine’s Day decorations, but now I really like it. The black accents go a long way toward updating my Valentine’s Day décor. I also hesitated about cutting all of that fringe, but it was easy enough and I made both trees in an evening. Let’s do it!
To make Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones
- Tissue paper in assorted colors (I used sequin tissue in black, bright pink, and white; and pastel pink tissue paper)
- Glass ornaments
- Black paint
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; straight pins
To make Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries:
1. Cut a strip 12” long and 5” wide from a double layer of tissue paper. Fold in half to measure 12” long x 2-1/2” wide. Your tissue paper strip should now have four layers.
2. Hold the layers together, and cut fringe along the open, 12” long edge. Make about 4 – 5 cuts per inch. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it will go faster than you think.
3. Wrap the fringed strip around the base of the 12” cone and pin in back. Adjust as needed so the strip is straight. Optional: Spot glue in place with white craft glue.
4. Wrap the tape measure around the cone, about 1” above the last fringed strip. This will be the width for the next paper strip.Continue to wrap the cone in fringed tissue paper strips, completing seven rows.
5. For the last three rows, cut your tissue paper strips 3” – 4” wide, so they measure 1-1/2” – 2” wide when folded. This will make it easier to wrap the strips around the narrow top of the cone.
6. Paint glass ornament black, and let dry. When dry, glue to the top of the tree.
1. Repeat Steps 1 – 6 above, except you’ll add need eight rows of fringed tissue paper. Once you’ve added five, 2-1/2” fringed rows, finish the cone with three, 1-1/2” wide strips.
What do you think about the trend to mix in a little black at Valentine’s Day? I’ve decided that it looks pretty sharp!
I hope you’re staying home, safe and warm this weekend! Snowy weekends mean more time to craft, right?