I didn't know what to call these poinsettias made
from toilet paper tubes and coffee filters but they
remind me of stained glass so that's what I went
with. I can't wait to spend some more time
experimenting with this process, I know you'll
like it as much as I did :)
red acrylic paint
toilet paper tube
small clothespins (optional)
needle and floss for hanging
I chose to use painted coffee filters for this project
instead of tissue paper. Coffee filters offer the same
transparency as tissue without being so fragile, a
much better option when working with kids :)
Wet the foam brush with water and spread over the
filter until the filter is completely wet. Dip the foam
brush in a little paint and spread over the filter until
completely covered. Some areas of the filter may be
more saturated with paint than others and that's okay.
You can make several flowers from one filter but you
might as well paint up a few extra filters while you have
it out, they always come in handy! Set aside to dry.
Now you're going to prep the toilet paper tubes.
Cut them in half to make painting the inside easier.
Use a foam brush to paint the tube inside and out,
then set aside to dry.
Once dry, press flat and cut the tubes into slices. You
should get about 8 slices per tube.
Make a shallow puddle of glue (the size of the
tube slices) and dip each slice into the glue, then
place on the coffee filter and let dry.
Once the slices, now petals, are dry, trim
away the extra paper.
Glue six petals together, as above, using mini
clothespins or something similar to hold them
until they dry.
Run a strand of floss through the outer tip of
one of the petals for hanging.
There are so many ways you can change this up!
Try different colors for the cardboard tubes and filters
and put the slices together in different combinations.
They look just as pretty hanging in the window as
they do on your tree, so have fun :)
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Christmas Around the World