Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tissue Paper Oak Leaves


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Just in time for the fall season! Here's a step by step tutorial on how to make these tissue paper oak leaves. For our sample, we added the tissue leaves to the lid of a round box but you can definitely add these leaves to any type of box including garment, gift or jewlery boxes.

First, trace your oak leaf template (download here) onto your stack of coloured tissue paper; we used 5 sheets at a time in our stack.

Then, cut out the oak leaf shape. In this project, we use 3 different colors of tissue paper to add some variety to our box lid.

Arrange all your cut tissue leaves into color piles; this will make it easier to assemble them in the next step.

Select 1 leaf per colour and arrange them in groups of 3, spreading them out instead of stacking them (you'll cover more area this way).

Make a vertical "pleat" down the middle of the leaf; this will give your leaf some dimension otherwise it will look quite flat when assembled.

Fold up the "stem" and staple the remaining "stem" together; this will make the leaf a bit thicker where you will apply the hot glue (in the following step).

Here are some tissue paper oak leaf groups that are ready for assembling. Try alternating the tissue colors to make them look more random and not so uniform.

Now you're ready to start assembling your box lid. Using a hot glue gun and starting in the center of your lid, start applying the glue to the back of each tissue group, near the base of the stem.

Arrange the first layer of tissue paper leaves, randomly overlapping as you go around the lid of the box.

For this sample we arranged 3 layers of tissue groups; you can do any number of layers depending on your desired fullness. Since this lid is fairly large, we decided to do 3 layers to make it look really full on top.

Lastly, we added satin ribbon around the band of the lid and in a small bow on the box lid. We included a sunflower head, glued to the center of the bow, for some added fall decor.

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  1. This is really cute and I guess you could do any seasonal theme for an elegant twist on gift presentation. This box is now part of the gift itself.

  2. cute project! I use tissue paper for all kinds of projects. Now that I think about it, hardly ever for wrapping presents!
    I'll hop over to your website and take a peek at your selection.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. Great project.

  4. luv this project, the box and colours are just spectacular.
    It will be perfect for the macaroons I plan to make.
    Thank you so much for joining us
    I look forward to seeing you every week.