tussie mussie with paper tulips for Easter I seldom make anything for myself, but I was inspired to make this Easter tussie mussie with paper tulips. I saw a wonderful set of instructions for makeing paper tulips at this link: Cheeky Tulips at Paper Magpie Blog.

Tussie mussies are also known as nosegays. As far as I know, they reach back to Victorian days when they were used for holding small bouquets of flowers.  They are usually cone shaped. I made this simple tussie mussie by cutting a semi circle out of cream colored card stock, and then embossing it with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, using the Sizzix Big Shot.

I rolled it up into a cone shape and glued it shut.

As for the tulips, I modified Cheeky Magpie’s design somewhat.

Cheeky Magpie used rick rack for the stamens. I used yellow ribbon with a knot tied on the ends.  Also, Cheeky Magpie used pipe cleaners for stems. I used artists wire (or floral wire). It was harder to work with than pipe cleaners would have been. I used a small bead to help hold the tulip head in place.

The last step was to tie a strip of yellow ribbon around the tussie mussie, close to the bottom.

I affixed a strip of magnetic tape on the back of the tussie mussie, turning it into a fridge magnet.

I plan on making another set of tulips using vellum rather than card stock. They make attractive little Easter craft projects.

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