{Tutorial} Tussie-Mussie

By Lucy Chesna

Tussie-mussies are floral arrangements that was used during the Victorian period were known as the “talking bouquets.” They were give in a pretty metal or embellished paper cone at the beginning of a romance or courtship to convey a special meaning, they were also presented as gifts on other special occasions or just to say thank you to someone special. 

They are easy to make, and can be made to fit any theme. You can make your own tussie-mussie this Valentine’s Day with some very simple supplies.

A piece of pretty double-sided 12x12 cardstock
Various sizes of paper to create flowers
Double sided tape or clear glue
Hot glue
A Hole punch
Ribbon or trim
Flowers- add or create your own
1 medium size Styrofoam ball cut in half

Step 1: Trim a 12x12 piece of cardstock in half, diagonally.

Step 2:  Lay it out as pictured below, with the point facing away from you. You are going to take the bottom left corner and roll it over and up to the top, like this

Step 3:  You want the bottom to close in tight, and for the top of your paper to meet the top of the triangle in the back of the cone. Once it has done so, adhere.

Step 4: Punch two holes in the middle where the tip of the cone shapes and add a piece of ribbon to it, to make the handle

Step 5: Cover up the edges with ribbon or trim

Step 6: Added the Styrofoam and used my hot glue this.

Step 7: Filling the cone was easy. I cut up various sizes of circles and made them into flower buds. You can add more embellishments like pearls, rhinestones, ribbon, buttons, trinkets and so much more.

Finished product

Tussie Mussie by Lucy Chesna  Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins, Cosmo Cricket; Ink: Ranger; Tool: Aleene’s; Other: Trim, Ribbon, Pearls

I loved making this that I made another to give to daughter to hand it on her bedroom door.

Tussie Mussie II by Lucy Chesna Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket; Ink: Ranger; Tool: Aleene’s; Other: Trim, Ribbon, Pearls, Beads

Here are a few more ideas for crafting your own tussie-mussies.

Create a few mini cones for your holiday tree and place gifts or small candies inside.
Make a Mother's Day cone with her favorite flowers, candy or small gift box
Give one to your guest in their room with soaps and small essentials inside for your guests.
Crate baby shower-themed cones with gifts or as party favors.
Welcome a new neighbor cone with information of the are and important numbers
Use tussie-mussie cones as a fun invitation

The ideas are endless as you can see.  It’s a great gift to someone special or hang it in your house. It’s each to make and a great way to use scraps or paper that has been on that shelf for a long time.

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