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Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine Tussie Mussie/ Candy Container Tutorial

Tussie Mussie’s were extremely popular during the Victorian period. The term comes from two old English/Medieval words. Tussie means “knot of flowers” and mussie refers to the damp moss which was wrapped around the stems to keep them moist.

Many of the posy holders used to carry the flowers were quite elaborate and were made from sterling silver, bone and ivory. I gave mine a bit of a twist and began with a papier mâché cone.


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The cone was hand painted and a hole was made on each side so that a handle could be attached.


Vintage paper lace was applied with mod podge to the painted cone.


Some of the paper lace was left in it’s natural cream color.


I also hand dyed some of the paper lace with food coloring. It was a delicate process but I love how it turned out.


Once the lace was dry happy paper party fringe was applied to the top and bottom of the cone.


Various antique and vintage Valentine image were found online and printed out on cardstock. They were cut out and enhanced with glitter.


I have another project for you on Wednesday where I will provide a tutorial on how the pleated rosette was made.


While you can use the tussie mussie for it’s intended purpose of holding a small bouquet I like the idea of tying one to the back of a dining chair and filling it with candy. What a sweet treat at a Valentine dinner!


They would look lovely piled high on a tabletop too.


The candy cones are truly a labor of love. If you don’t have the time to create a few for your own sweethearts you can find some in my Etsy shop.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest,Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground, The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Today’s Creative Blog


Blackberry Lane said...

These are so sweet! Mother would place antique silver tussie mussies on her Victorian Christmas tree each year.

Wishing you a lovely week.

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

so beautiful! thanks for the tute! I would love to find some antique silver tussie mussie. have never seen one. Happy monday

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, you never cease to amaze. These are so beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Denise said...

Oh my goodness, Laura -- you are amazing! I love, love, love these!!! You always do such a great job with crafts, but these are some of my favorites. What a beautiful addition to the home for the month of February.

Thanks for sharing -- hope you have a wonderful day! :)


Denise at Forest Manor

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are great, Laura! I love that paper fringe. I'll have to look for some of that next time I'm at the craft store. I have four cones just sitting in my craft room and I was going to make a couple of these to use them up. I figured one would be cute for my granddaughter, filled with some candy for Valentine's Day.

Lisa said...

Very pretty! I've got to pin this.:)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You are so gifted at creating beautiful paper crafts!! These are simply delightful!!

Linda said...

These are so beautiful and amazing, and while I don't think I'll have time to make my own, I will check out your Etsy shop!! ♥



Very sweet for Valentines day! Thanks for sharing this craft with us.

Jacqueline said...

I love your Tussie Mussies! My oldest daughter had a silver one with her name on it for her wedding and also one for her sister who was 12. I think someone ran off with the younger one's and she has always felt badly. What a fun project to make with the kids.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love!!! So beautiful!!! Pinning!!!!!!

Auntie Em said...

These are so sweet and romantic! I love the paper fringe around the top. I made some little ones out of foil paper one year to hang on the Christmas tree with some little treats inside. The kids loved them and insisted they were put on the tree again and again. I think there are a few stashed away yet.
Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :)

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a sweet project! I really like the fringe around the opening. Very nicely done Laura as always! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

Blessings, Edie Marie

Dawna Motz said...

You have been busy! So very pretty and I love that you always give us a history lesson too!

allisamazing said...

What a cute idea!

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Just darling!

Katherines Corner said...

this is adorable! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo