I decided to update my classroom and add some color, so this seemed like a quick and easy way to do it. So I gathered my supplies (tissue paper, twist ties, and string) and got to work!
I bought the mixed set of tissue paper from The Dollar Tree, so the first thing I did was separate them into colors.
I combined two sets of each color (two packs) for a total of 10 sheets of each color.
Then came the accordion fold. Easy enough.
And twisty-tied the center and tied a string around that. Then I clipped the ends. Some I did in a rounded petal, some pointed, and some not clipped.
Now here was my snag. I tied the twisty-tie TIGHT, so when I went to fluff ball, I couldn’t get down into the center without tearing it.
My solution was to untie it and retie it more loosely (almost flat). This helped a lot, although I have since seen some folks pull it off with a tight tie in the middle. To each his own!
Overall, I’m pretty impressed. They were simple to assemble, fairly easy to fluff, and made a big impact. They were also MUCH cheaper than buying them ($4 for 10 vs $8 for 3 at Party City). Here they are in my classroom:
Pretty simple and impactful. Just remember to take your time when fluffing, and I had better luck with a lose tie in the center.