P—Mister Green Thumb— loves growing stuff. So in our small ‘balcony garden’, you’ll find all sorts of things growing—those fiery red cherry peppers (better known as dalle khorsani in our part of the world), tomatoes, aloe vera , pineapple, corn, rosemary, mint and some other herbs of the slightly intoxicating variety. So when a herb died on him, he was heartbroken. Being the thoughtful type, I decided to immortalize this particular plant for him. Enter ‘Tissuana’, a half-plant, half-tissue paper bloom. I made up that name so don’t bother googling it 😉

All you need to do is make these flowers (instructions below) and stick them on the dried plant. If you like my Tissuana and want to make it, here’s how you do it.


  • 3-ply tissue paper
  • Yarn (to make baubles)
  • Knitting needles (2.25 mm)
  • Wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Glue
  • Florist tape

How to make the baubles:

  • Using 2.25mm needles and yellow 4ply yarn, cast on 3 stitches
  • Row 1: P3
  • Row 2: K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 (5 stitches)
  • Row 3: P5
  • Row 4: K5
  • Row 5:P5
  • Row 6: K2tog through the back, K1, K2tog (3 stitches)
  • Row 7: Slip 1, P2 tog through the back pass slip stitch over, thread end through to cast off
  • Tie both cast on and cast off ends together and use one end to sew base together and make a small ball.
  • Insert a small length of wire into the ball and put the ‘stem’ aside.

How to make tissue paper flowers:

Take a square of 3-ply tissue paper and follow instructions below to create circles.

Once your circles are ready, slide them up the wire, ruffling them as you go. Make sure the knit bauble is positioned in the centre of the flower. If required, secure the bauble to the flower using some glue. Wrap the base of flower and wire with floral tape and your flower is ready.

Now all you need to do is wait for your plant to die on you 😉

P.S. The flower vase is another upcycled piece made of an old prawn crackers tin and some chunky brown yarn.


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