Thistle Decoration

Create one, or a bouquet of prickle-free and easy to make Thistles to celebrate St Andrew’s Day!

Skill Level


Time to Make

40 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Cut out 6 strips of purple tissue paper that are all 15cm long and 7cm wide.
  2. Taking one of the purple strips, begin to cut towards the edge of tissue paper and stop around 2cm from the edge. Continue cutting along one edge of the tissue paper and stop once a fringe has been made across the whole of the length of the paper.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the 5 other tissue paper strips.
  4. Spread PVA glue along one end of a hobby stick and carefully begin to wrap one of the tissue fringes around the stick. Dab a small amount of glue onto the tissue paper fringe if the glue has dried up or been covered.
  5. Repeat step 4 for the other tissue fringes but start wrapping each strip just below the previously glued-down fringe to create a rounder shape for the thistle flower.
  6. Scrunch up light green tissue paper and mould it around the hobby straw just below the purple tissue paper and keep adding paper until a chunky shape has formed. Stick it down with masking tape and be careful not to cover or stick down the flower.
  7. Fold a 3cm green tissue paper strip into a 1cm rectangle. Repeat until there are 3 rectangular leaf shapes and use masking tape to stick them to the top of the green tissue paper from step 6.
  8. Cut out a large handful of 3cm by 15cm green tissue strips. Spread a generous amount of glue over the hobby straw and begin to wrap one of the strips around it. Continue until the stick and tissue paper ball are covered with the green tissue paper, whilst being careful not to stick the tissue paper to the flower. Leave to dry.
  9. Using the pencil, draw a spiky leaf shape onto a piece of green felt. Cut it out and draw around it again so that the two leaves are identical.
  10. Squeeze a small amount of PVA glue onto what will be the back of the thistle. Press the leaves to the stick so that they are sticking out on either side. Leave to dry.

Top Tip

Use interesting shaped sticks found on walks or in the garden for a unique and natural stem. Make sure the sticks are clean before using them for crafting.

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