Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tissue Paper Balls

I know there are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make these tissue balls, but just last week I had someone call me & ask how I twisted the loop in the center... so I thought that I would post the next time I made some.  And guess what?? I made some for a wedding I am helping with last night, so here we go..  
First take 8 sheets of tissue paper and stack them like this- I really like to use the ones that are pre-packaged with 8 in them.  They are usually by the gift bags-- they just seem to be better to work with

 next turn the paper toward you like this, and fold them over I like to make the fold about 1 1/2 inches wide. then you are going to flip the stack of tissue paper over- so that the bottom is at the top & the fold you just made is face down on the counter. Then fold the top down & make another 1 1/2 inch fold-- flip it again & continue folding--- remember when you made fans in elementary school??  That's what you're doing--

keep folding, turning the paper each time until you reach the end, then..

                             cut a piece of wire and twist it in the center with needle nose pliers as shown

                             fold the wire over & make a loop, secure it by wrapping the ends of the wire around
                                               the loop, this is what you will hang the ball from.

                               Next cut the ends into the shape you like.. you can make them pointed or rounded

                                 start to pull each layer into the center, toward the wire.  Make sure that you pull the first ones as close to the wire as you can, this will help it form into a ball                                                               

                                  Continue pulling each layer back until you have one side done, then do the same thing to the other side.  Only do half of the tissue papers and then turn over & finish the rest- this will make them round

                                     When you pull each side it will look like these-- they are so cute & pretty easy

                                      here's a sneek peek of the ones for the wedding-- such cute colors don't you think?