Back when I was in high school I worked summers at Six Flags Over Georgia. One of my duties was to sit at the merchandise carts and make and sell these large tissue flowers. Once I was taught I was amazed at how easy it is.

These flowers are great for any occasion that you would like to make a little more colorful. Choose colors that match your celebration: red and green for Christmas, pastels for Easter, spooky orange and black for Halloween. It's a wonderful project for kids, and a great way to keep them occupied and their creations become part of the decor!

For each flower you will need:

12 sheets of various colored tissue paper approximately 20" x 26"

1/4 inch wooden dowel (we used the 36" long ones, but the length is up to you)

1 small rubberband

Place 12 sheets of tissue flat on a table with the short side closest to you. Begin accordion folding all of the sheets together all the way to the other side. Make each fold about 1 inch wide.
Fold the sheets in half around the wooden dowel. The dowel should stick out from the top about 1/2 inch.
Take the rubberband and loop it around the dowel starting from the long end. My rubberband was a little long so I had to double it. Now criss cross the rubberband and loop it over the tissue paper and around the short end of the dowel. This should keep the tissue paper in place.
Start creasing the sheets about 1 inch from the edge. Work your way all around. This will hold the sheets open in a big circle. It will look something like a lily pad.
Now take the top sheet and carefully begin pulling it up toward the center. The paper is delicate and it will tear. Work all the way around on the top sheet before starting the next sheet down. Continue with the remaining sheets pulling them up toward the center.
The flower should begin to take shape. Play with it until you a happy with your creation.