Friday, March 2, 2012

Tissue paper Flowers - Mini Version!


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Hello everyone!
We, the Staff at Essential Packaging, love making beautiful tissue paper flowers as much as our customers do! They really are so easy to make and yet they look so impressive. We've had customers make large tissue flowers as decor pieces for baby and bridal showers, weddings and birthdays and small ones for gift wrapping and table decor. For this project, we decided to make mini versions so we could put them on party favors. The possibilities are endless!

For the baby shower favor, we used a 3"x3"x3" giftware box in pink, with blue satin ribbon and a custom printed tag. The mini tissue flower was made from a pale floral patterned tissue paper.

For the bridal shower favor we used the same 3"x3"x3" giftware  in the kiwi green color, pink satin ribbon
and a band of the bright floral tissue paper that we also used for the tissue flower.

To make the mini tissue flowers, begin by cutting your 20" x 30" full sheet of tissue into pieces that are about 3 1/2" wide x 5 1/2" long. You can cut through several sheets at a time. Make a stack of 6-8 layers (we used 8 in this sample to make a fuller flower). Starting at one end, fan / accordion fold the tissue paper until the whole piece is folded.

Once you've folded all the tissue sheets, tie a length of tinsel cord around the center; make sure it's snug but not too tight so it tears the tissue paper. Trim the ends of the tissue so it looks more flower-like. Now gently pull each layer of tissue towards the top center to form your flower.

Now all you have to do is attach the tissue flower to your favor box and you're all set! Since tissue paper comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns, you can make your flowers to suit any occasion or decor.

We hope you enjoyed this post and will try this project for your next special occasion!

Easter Treat Bag!


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Hi everyone!
 Easter may seem a little ways off still (and the cold rainy weather isn't helping to convince us otherwise!) but we thought this would be a great project you do ahead of time. A plain white grocery bag an be transformed into a cute treat/gift bag for friends, family or guests AND a fun coloring craft to occupy the kids!

To begin making your Easter treat bag, download an image that you like. Check your margins (in relation to your grocery bag size) to ensure your egg will print in the center of your grocery bag. For this project, we used a 4lb. grocery bag that measures 5" wide x 9 3/4 tall".

Before you insert your bag into the printer, tape the open end closed with a low tack tape. This will prevent any bags jamming up inside the printer. We always recommend testing your printer with a few practice bags to see how they'll print.

Once you've printed your Easter treat bags (and you're using an ink jet printer) let them dry for a little bit so the ink doesn't smudge (this will not be an issue with a laser printer). Now they're ready for coloring!!

Have an assortment of crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers or any other fun embellishment the kids can use to decorate their treat bags. And that's it!

We hope you enjoyed this post and that you'll try this fun and easy Easter treat bag project this year!