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Date: Sat Feb 01 2003 - 07:42:01 PST

I have had students make tissue paper flowers when decorations were requested
for different school functions. Use bright color combinations and lay 3-4
half sheets of contrasting colored tissue on top of one another (half sheets
will make a big flower). Accordion fold the entire stack together. Tie the
folded tissue in the center with a metallic or chenille pipe cleaner. Trim
the ends of the folded paper into zigzag cuts or round them off with
scissors. Begin separating the different colored sheets of tissue by pulling
each sheet up and away from the rest, toward the center of the stacked paper,
creating a 3-D form. The pipe cleaners can be twisted into various shapes for
the stamen in the center of the flower. (I think it's the stamen, anyway.)
Sequins, glitter, beads or drawings of small insects or bees can be glued
onto the pipe cleaners. It's certainly not a "fine art" lesson, but when
you're given decorating duty, it's quick, easy and kids love making them.