I love decorating my home with flowers for Shavuot. It reminds us of when G‑d gave us the Torah on beautiful Mount Sinai, which He lavishly decorated with flowers. I usually fill all the vases with my favorite picks and place the vases all over my home. This year, I wanted to do something different, and I decided the tissue paper garlands that I see everywhere could be easily adapted for the holiday.

You will need:

  • Tissue paper in your favorite colors
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Twine or ribbon

Flower Instructions:

  1. Open your packages of tissue paper and lay the sheets flat in a stack.
  2. Cut a square from the stack, about 6″ × 6″ (the size does not have to be exact). Make sure to cut through the entire stack so your square is about 10 pieces thick.
  3. Fold the square stack in half. Fold it again till you have a small 2″ square.
  4. Cut three petals from the mini-square from the open edges. Don’t cut on the folds. This does not have to be perfect. Once you have cut your petals, open up the flower and pull the pieces apart.
  5. Now it’s time to create your flower. Take the petal layers and stack them, one by one, using the glue stick to attach each layer. Make sure to turn each layer so the petals do not line up. This gives it a more authentic flower look. Set your flowers aside to dry.

Tassel Instructions:

  1. Take one piece of tissue paper and fold it along the lines from the packaging—i.e., fold it once along the width and in half along the length. You should have a rectangle.
  2. Hold it lengthwise and trim a fringe along the bottom of the rectangle, leaving about 2 inches on top. Open the paper up again and cut it in half all the way down the fold line, so you have two pieces like in the picture.
  3. Take one piece and twist the flat part in the middle of the tissue until it’s tight. Turn the twist, making a loop, and use the glue gun to hold the loop together. You should now have a tassel.

To Assemble:

Attach the flowers to your twine or ribbon with the hot glue gun, and string your tassels through the loop. Use your creative eye to design a pattern combo you like.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful Shavuot!