Waste not, want not

By Nicole Aspinall
Cute flower embellishments made from the tissue paper your Lime Tart kit came packaged in.

For each flower you will need to cut 12-16 squares out of your tissue paper. (You’ll get at least 2 large flowers out of your lime tart packaging!)


Punch or cut out a circular shape from every piece. (Using my Marvy punch, I got the best results from cutting half, 6-8 pieces, at a time) You can make these from plain circles if you prefer, or cut out your shape using decorative scissors if you don’t have an appropriate punch.


Add a tiny brad to the centre, joining all circles together.


Carefully separate the layers, pinching upwards towards the centre one at a time. Your first layer will need to be pinched quite tightly, but each subsequent layer will relax a little bit.



Continue in this way until every layer has joined the first. The last (bottom) layer will remain flat.


When you are finished, you may find that you squeezed a little too tight and your flower is uneven – you can easily fluff the petals back out again until you have a perfect dome shape. Cut some simple leaf shapes out of coordinating paper and use to embellish your project.


15 Responses to Waste not, want not

  1. Teresa

    These flowers are awesome Nicole!

  2. Donna Zammit

    Nicole, i love these flowers too! I also love the Flowers on your blog ( the ones that looked squashed, but aren’t if that makes sense!) I had a go at making them….sensational. Thanks for sharing. Donna Zammit

  3. julie

    Wow Nic these look great.

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  6. Amanda N.

    Those flowers are so Fancy Nancy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Linda

    Your tutorial was linked over at 2peas. It’s a great tutorial, thanks. I think the flowers would look very cute atop a present.

  8. Sande

    I love tissue paper flowers…brings back memories of my wedding. My mother, sister and bridesmaids made hundreds of them and glued them on ribbon to decorate the cars with. Tacky by today’s means but it 1969…..and it look pretty especially since all the girls worn pastel colors and they were able to get tissue in the color of their dresses.

  9. Karen C.

    oh my, this is a really cool idea. thank you for sharing.

  10. debbie susee

    That is so cool! I would have never thought of that.

  11. Leslee

    Your flowers are way cool. Great job!!!

    Leslee in MT

  12. Nikki

    I love this idea. I always have tissue paper on-hand. Thanks for giving me another use for it.

  13. Myléne Hillam

    Clever idea! Thanks for sharing the tut with us.

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  15. Selma

    I was shown how to make these early in 2012, by a friend, Michelle Winston. I have made these using pages from an old book; it is easier if the pages are soft, not like the newer books.

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