Workshop  //  DIY

Black Dahlia

Here's a really simple, inexpensive and quick decoration project. We'll show you how to create a dahlia (around 15 cm in diameter) from tissue paper in just 10 minutes. Here, we've chosen black, which is perfect for a Christmas decorations black and gold, a very chic and sophisticated table decoration or over-the-top and romantic - it's up to you! 

 

Use several dahlias to make garlands for a child's room but avoid black and opt for an explosion of bright colours or a palette of muted tones. Get your kids involved - they'll love it!

What you need

 

- 1 large piece of tissue paper per flower

- A pair of scissors

- Thread (here we used gold-coloured thread)

 

and 10 minutes - by my watch!

8 strips of paper
8 strips of paper

Cut eight strips of tissue paper measuring around 15 cm by 30 cm

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Make the base
Make the base

Stack the strips of paper so that the edges line up

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Fold into an accordion
Fold into an accordion

Fold all 8 strips into an accordion - each fold should measure around 1cm

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Make the structure
Make the structure

Choose a coloured length of thread and secure 'the accordion' in the centre by tying a knot

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Make the petals
Make the petals

Cut the tips into points

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Reveal the flower
Reveal the flower

Carefully peel off each layer of the paper and pull it gently towards the centre

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Reveal the flower
Reveal the flower

Repeat on one or both sides depending on the effect you want.

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Black dahlia
Black dahlia

Here, we have only formed the petals on one side to be used as a table decoration.

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Black dahlia
Black dahlia

Here, the petals have been formed on both sides to be used as a Christmas tree decoration.

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