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How to Dip-Dye Paper Flowers With Bleach

This technique will bleach the long edge of a strip of tissue paper, so the petals of your paper flowers will have a gradation of color from the base of the petal to the top. Your paper will be much stronger if you bleach at least 4 sheets at a time.

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2014



  • Small bowl
  • Bleach
  • Four to six 3” x 20” (7.5 x 50 cm) or 4” x 20” (10 x 50 cm) strips of colored tissue paper


1. Gather a stack of four to six 3” x 20” (7.5 x 50 cm) or 4” x 20” (10 x 50 cm) strips of colored tissue paper. Fold the short end of the tissue paper several times until you have a bundle that easily fits into the bleaching bowl.

2. Dip one lengthwise edge of the paper 1 inch (2.5 cm) into the solution for about 3 seconds. Lift it out and let any excess solution drip off, then carefully unfold (but do not separate) the tissue bundle.

3. Hang up the batch of strips with a clothespin or other type of clip. Clip the dry edge only, and be careful when handling the whole bundle; tissue rips easily.

4. If you’d like to reduce the drying time, use a blow dryer on a low, hot setting. Aim the dryer at your hanging batch of paper and move in a slow, circular motion. Otherwise, allow the paper to air-dry. When the paper is completely dry, store in an airtight container.



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