Easy Tissue Hydrangea Pins and Flower Vines

I’ve had this tissue paper color assortment pack that I use for gift wrapping sitting around just waiting to be crafted with. And as soon as the hydrangeas in my front yard began to bloom, so did my imagination!I have a cigar box full of random thrift store button/badges with about every promotion you can think of advertised, and thought they would be the perfect base to create pretty hydrangea blooms.
Do you remember in early grade school- cutting tissue into little squares, smooshing them up and onto the eraser end of a pencil, dipping them in glue and sticking them to construction paper to make butterflies or some other fluffy art? Well, that’s pretty much the exact idea here and just as easy. However, instead of squares, I brought out a few of my craft punches to cut the tissue into more flowery shapes.Centering the pencil eraser into a flower shape and smoothing the tissue onto the pencil and dipping into glue, I attached various blue colored pieces and a few pinched green tissue rounds onto the button surface to create a faux hydrangea pin.I thought these would be so pretty for a wedding shower or other event. Add a delicate paper name ribbon or to celebrate someone special, a “Birthday Girl” ribbon.

While I was in the pencil-and-tissue mode, I also experimented with fishing line (of course, string will work great as well.) I cinched scalloped circles in the middle for the leaves, and in one glue pressing, attached the pink tissue flower, using the the pencil eraser, onto the fishing line then into the center of the leaf piece. I dabbed a bit of glue in each bloom and sprinkled silver German Glass Glitter inside.
I think the little floating flowers are too sweet and would be lovely hanging from a ring of wire over a little girl’s bed, as garland across a mirror or as bridal shower decor.

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67 Responses to Easy Tissue Hydrangea Pins and Flower Vines

  1. #1 - Mary Ellen says:

    Oh my I love this idea!! I would love miles of the sweet garland please!!!

    bee blessed
    mary

  2. #2 - Liszha says:

    Super gorgeous! The string is absolutely lovely!

  3. #3 - Sherry@Ties2ThePast says:

    Too CUTE!!! What a great idea!

  4. #4 - Sheeps and Peeps Farm says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  5. #5 - Preserve Jewelry Studio says:

    Your creativity is just amazing. The flowers are terrific.

  6. #6 - Peggy Alborn says:

    Exquisite!

  7. #7 - Michelle*G says:

    What a lovely little project! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. #8 - Kathleen says:

    I taught elem school for 33 yrs, so I have done the pencil tissue or crepe paper thing many times! But never this, very clever, and pretty!

  9. #9 - Brynwood Needleworks says:

    Hi Cathe:
    I've never tried this technique, but your tutorial makes it look like I could do it. I love the resulting hydrangea pin. Beautiful!
    xoxo
    Donna

  10. #10 - . says:

    That is such a neat idea, and I just love the garland, it is so lovely (you could even make a small flower girl garland for her hair with that, how cute would that be). Really beautiful work and great ideas.

  11. #11 - Mermaids of the Lake says:

    Love it!!!!!

    Mermaid Debbie

  12. #12 - CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  13. #13 - Bea says:

    Hi! I love your blog and ideas! You are so creative… congrats!

  14. #14 - Esther says:

    I love both ideas. The Hydrangeas remind me of my Gran I might make one for my mum. The others are so sweet !

  15. #15 - Sue Sparks says:

    Love these! You are so creative and crafty!

  16. #16 - Createology says:

    You are simply brilliant. As everything old is new again you have truly updated a favorite. These are genius! Thank you for your inspiration!! Happy creating…

  17. #17 - Christie Cottage says:

    These are wonderful and I am taken back to grade school…making Easter bonnets on paper plates!

    I just threw aweay a stash of promotional pins last week. If only I had kept them a few more days! This would have been a great craft propject for VBS.

    Have a wonderful day! If you get a chance, stop by
    http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunday-inspirational.html

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  18. #18 - marie says:

    I loe the pins a bunch ~ can't wait to try them.

  19. #19 - jenny b harris says:

    Your blog is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorites. Your ideas are clever, beautiful and amazing (like this one!) and shared with a true spirit of generosity. Thanks!

  20. #20 - My Life Under the Bus says:

    Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers !!!! This is lovely – I am wondering if I could do this with some old leather and group them on a tote …… hmmmmmmmm – Awesome ideas as usual ! : )

  21. #21 - jodi @ back40life says:

    love the hydrangeas! they're my favorite!

  22. #22 - Bonnie says:

    I remember winning the lilac festival award in 2nd grade for doing this in purple and making lilacs. However, I must admit, they didn't look as cute as yours!

  23. #23 - Laryssa Herbert says:

    So lovely! You took tissue paper flowers to a whole new level.

  24. #24 - ArtSnark says:

    what a cute idea – you are so clever & talented

  25. #25 - scissor variations says:

    Cathe–You just took me back…waayyy back.

    This was one of my favorites–I remember waiting for grade 3, because that was when we actually got to go to the "art room" for art, and with a real live art teacher, no less! I remember making the tissue paper and eraser end technique for many a project.

    I think I will have to try your wonderful updated version.

    Janice

  26. #26 - Musings From A French Cottage says:

    Wow!!! I love this idea. Both the pin and the garland are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. Have a great week!

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

  27. #27 - I LOVE color! says:

    Oh how fun I love your creative spirit. Be happy Be Blessed

  28. #28 - mrs. c says:

    I thought I had seen everything that you can do with tissue paper but I must say these are one of the most adorable ideas I have seen in a long time! I am thinking about for one of my best friends birthday is coming up and I am going to make her a card with a hydrangea on it! A 3-D card with one of her favorite blossoms on it!

  29. #29 - Bonibleaux Designs says:

    So BEAUTIFUL!!!

  30. #30 - Apron Thrift Girl says:

    You are such an artist my friend. I think the hydrangea pins are breathtaking. Simply a work of art.

  31. #31 - KelleBelle says:

    What a great idea! I'm wondering if a stiffer fabric like tulle or some gauzy stuff (sorry, name is escaping me right now) would work to make something a little more durable. Very inspiring, I think I've found my new birthday-gift craft!

  32. #32 - Kristin says:

    Oooh, my girlies would love the garlands! So pretty!

  33. #33 - Gallery32 says:

    These are great! I love this idea. And I love idea of garland MaryEllen. So fun 🙂

  34. #34 - Liz-AnnasOnTheLake says:

    Very clever!! The hydrangea on the pin looks so real!

  35. #35 - mon says:

    the hydrangea pins are awesome. and perfect timing as i almost threw out a bunch of promo pins. thanks you for sharing this awesome idea!

  36. #36 - Hilary says:

    a great and unique way to use tissue paper in crafting! love the blog and definitely adding to the daily reads.

  37. #37 - Amanda Sevall says:

    Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! What a cute idea!!! 🙂

  38. #38 - Bromeliad says:

    Great idea. I wonder if this could be pulled off with lightweight fabric as well.

  39. #39 - Glowbug Design says:

    What a great idea! Those flower pins are beautiful.

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  41. #41 - Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    That is so, so pretty! I love this technique- it looks gorgeous on a pin! Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

  42. #42 - cindy says:

    Fabulous! I was just thinking on how to do some flowers for a crown and I think you solved that issue for me! I love it!

    -c

  43. #43 - Molly @ A Bit O' Shine says:

    Total genius! I actually squealed when I saw it all finished – lovely!

  44. #44 - Clorissa says:

    Beautiful! I love it. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. I am going to make on of these very soon.

    Clorissa

  45. #45 - Penny Duncan Creations says:

    These are ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!! What a WONDERFUL idea!!!! One that I will DEFINATELY be using!!!!!!

  46. #46 - At Home in English Valley says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity once again. The fishing line garland is the sweetest idea. Hydrangeas are my favorite, and your ideas are amazing. Love, Penny

  47. #47 - *jean* says:

    that is a darling idea!! and a great way to recycle those kinds of pins!! bravo!

  48. #48 - Margie says:

    Soooo beautiful!!!Love this!

  49. #49 - Valarie (vampme3) says:

    Wow! These are beautiful! I especially love the garland! Great job!

  50. #50 - pinkstilettos says:

    That flower is just gorgeous!! I am going to have to try this out…thanks for sharing!!
    Daisy~

  51. #51 - anhesty says:

    how fabulous! thanks for sharing! and i am def going to try this out!

  52. #52 - mitziscollectibles says:

    Brilliant idea! I have a bag of wood cut-out shapes with pins already on the back. I think they would work too, but your idea is awesomely original!

  53. #53 - Penny Duncan Creations says:

    Hey Cathe!!!! Oh ma’am….It’s SO my pleasure your ART is AWESOME!!!! I absolutely LOVED this flower when I saw it!!!!!! I’m so honored to receive an email from you!!!!!! I hope you are having a very blessed day!!!

  54. #54 - Holly says:

    This is beautiful and I'm anxious to try and make one myself! Thanks for sharing!

  55. #55 - Janelle S says:

    Gorgeous. I love hydrangea plants and this has made my day! In grade school we used a shoe box and it’s lid as a base for a parade float. Thanks for the memories!

  56. #56 - Emily says:

    Hi there! Just wanted you to know that I posted a photo of this little beauty and linked over to this tutorial on my blog today! LOVE IT and it was the perfect tutorial to pair up with my free printbale. THANKS!

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  58. #57 - Crissi Dillon says:

    I was looking on the Country Living website for fun Mother’s Day crafts, and imagine my surprise and delight when I saw they highlighted one of your crafts! Congratulations! And I love these so much I shared them on SantaRosaMom.com!

    http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/mothers-day-craft-hydrangea

  59. #58 - Cherise says:

    I love this tutorial! I didnt have any button pins, so I used it a bit differently 😀 You can see what I made, here: http://simplycherise.net/blog/?p=401
    Thanks so much for sharing all you do! I love this blog 😀

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  61. #59 - Elizabeth says:

    These are beautiful. I think I may ask my friend to incorporate them into her blue and purple wedding design.

  62. #60 - Victoria Ciolek says:

    what an imagination! the flowers are so pretty and so easy. I am hoping my daughter will have a daughter of her own so i can make this to go over a crib or hanging from something. My next door neighbor has a new baby grand daughter and first thing tomorrow, I’m going to run over and show her this. She’ll love it, I did. (now if only my daughter and son-n-law will start on the grandkids, I’ll be in business, and soooo happy!)

  63. #61 - Rachel says:

    Where did you find your six petal flower punch? I’ve looked at Michaels and Hobby Lobby with no success.

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  66. #62 - Maru says:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas, the flowers look very pretty!