November 20, 2019

Tissue Paper Poppies for Shavuot

With Shavuot just around the corner, it’s not too early to make some preparations. One tradition of Shavuot is to decorate the home with beautiful flowers to commemorate the springtime holiday. Inspired by the recent super bloom that had California fields covered in poppies, I decided to whip up some poppies out of tissue paper for the occasion. They are so easy to make, and would be a fun activity for the whole family.

What you’ll need:
Tissue paper
Black buttons
Green pipe cleaners

1. From colorful tissue paper, cut two circles that are about three inches in diameter. The measurement doesn’t have to be exact, and the circles don’t need to be perfect. 


2. Crumple the tissue paper, and then flatten it out again. Wrinkling the paper gives the flower petals more dimension and texture.


3. Stack the two tissue paper circles on each other. Then place a black button in the center on top of the circles.


4. Working from the top, insert a green pipe cleaner down through one of the holes of the button and through the two layers of tissue paper. Keep going until only about three inches of pipe cleaner remain on the top side.


5. Bend down the section of the pipe cleaner that still extends above the button and thread it through the opposite hole of the button.


6. Twist this end of the pipe cleaner around the main stem to secure the flower in place.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at