I just know you guys are going to love this simple and budget savvy DIY Tutorial from our friend Anna of Download & Print! You’ll be amazed at how simple it is! Best of all, you can customize it to suit your wedding color scheme. Hope you love it — take it away Anna! xoxo, Jessica
If you think you’re not great at crafts, this project is for you. There’s nothing hard about this DIY Tissue Paper Letter project. Grab a cardboard letter, tissue paper, then punch, fold, glue, repeat. It’s seriously that simple!
The letters are super simple but also make a major impact, which is definitely something that Jessica will consider super savvy. These letters are perfect for you if you are planning a garden wedding and the color options and customizations are pretty much endless! I’ll show you how to make one letter in this tutorial, but you can easily make as many letters are you want. Think about doing the bride and groom’s initials with an ampersand, your new last name, or L-O-V-E. Whatever makes sense for your wedding or event! These would be perfect for showers, too. The letters can be used as reception décor, on your guest book table, at the top of your aisle, in the lobby of your church, anywhere you like really.
This project was inspired by the save-the-date card from my Artisan Botanical invitation suite. The entire collection features gorgeous blooms, but it’s the floral lettering on the save-the-date that stands out for me. You can buy it here!
How to Make DIY Tissue Paper Letter Decorations for Your Wedding
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Paper mâché letters (The letter used in this tutorial is 14″ tall.)
- Tissue paper in your choice of colors
- Circle scallop punch – I used a scallop punch for extra detail, but a plain circle would also work
- Wooden pencil
- Tacky glue
- Spraypaint (optional)
Time to complete: 1.25 hrs per letter
It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to make this letter from start to finish. If you are planning for multiple letters you can plan your time accordingly. This project would be perfect for crafting during a Netflix binge session. (Fuller House, anyone?)
Start by painting your cardboard letters. This step is optional and will depend on what your letter looks like to begin with. You may enjoy the rustic cardboard texture of the original paper mache letter, so don’t feel like you have to paint them. You could also choose to paint your letters the same color as your tissue paper and do all one color flowers for a uniform look. I choose to spray paint my letter light blue using only a mini can of spray paint as it doesn’t take much. You could also brush on acrylic paint if you don’t have a well-ventilated area or can’t do your crafts outside. Spray paint is my paint of choice because I don’t like washing brushes and it typically dries much faster as well.
Punch Out Your Tissue Paper Petals. Fold a sheet of your tissue paper into a strip slightly wider than your scalloped punch. Punch along the tissue strip to make the petals. You can experiment with how many layers of tissue your punch will go through, typically these punches are pretty heavy duty so they can punch quite a few layers at once to save you a little time. Repeat this step for each petal color if you are making a multi-colored tissue paper flower letter.
Use a pair of scissors to cut green tissue paper into leaf shapes. A simple oval with pointed ends is all you need. Pro tip: Fold your tissue so that you can cut multiple leaves at once. You’ll want to make the leaves about 3” in length. Don’t over think the shape, just go ahead and cut!
Create your flowers! To create your flowers, take one tissue paper petal cutout and push the blunt end of a pencil into the center. Fold the tissue down over the pencil and wrap it around the pencil. Then dip the point of the wrapped tissue into the tacky glue, push the tissue onto your letter and gently slide out the pencil, leaving the petal attached to your letter. You can use any type of stick that has a flat end, but don’t use anything with a point or it could puncture your tissue.
Apply your flowers to your cardboard letters. Repeat this petal application technique until you have filled in the entire top of your letter. Create clusters of color to resemble flowers, making sure to mix in leaves in smaller clusters. The leaves should be applied in the same way as petals, pushing a pencil into the center of the leaf, wrapping around, dipping in glue and attaching to the letter. They should end up being a little taller than the petals to create extra contrast and texture! The overall effect looks similar to hydrangeas or carnations, don’t you think? Super savvy and a great way to add color and detail to your wedding reception, shower or party!
Enjoy making your Tissue Paper Flower Letters!
Hope you guys have loved this tutorial! Be back with another one soon!
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