How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Kids and adults alike will love transforming piles of tissue paper into beautiful, no-maintenance flowers.

By: Heather Patterson and Vanessa Hunt

Photo By: Photo by At the Picket Fence

Year-Round Blooms

Enjoy springtime any time with paper flowers. This easy, kid-friendly project uses tissue paper, a material you might already have around the house. Unlike real flowers, paper flowers need no maintenance or gardening knowledge, and look great for years to come. Plus, they're just plain fun to make.

Use these sumptuous paper peonies, asters and mums as a centerpiece your kitchen table, Valentine's Day or Mother's Day bouquets or even as beautiful, budget wedding decorations.

Tissue Paper Flower Supplies

For this project you will need: tissue paper in assorted colors/green pipe cleaners to make stems/scissors/and a measuring tape or ruler.

Measure and Cut Tissue Paper

Layer 4-6 sheets of bottom color and 2-3 layers of top color and cut into a square. Tissue paper should be between 10-13 inches squares, depending on the type of flower you are creating.

Choose Color Combination

Choose the colors desired to create your flower. You will want to have an inner and outer color reflecting what you see in nature. Make sure that tissue squares are stacked neatly and even.

Fold Tissue Paper

Neatly fold your tissue squares accordion style in 1 1/2 to 2-inch folds.  You will want to end your folding with the outer color.

Create Stem

Wrap your pipe cleaner around the middle of the folded tissue paper to create your stem.  The end you wrap around the paper should be about two inches long.

Complete Stem

To complete your stem wrap the shorter end tightly around the "stem" of the pipe cleaner. 

Create Your Flower Petals

Cut the ends of your folded tissue paper to create the petals.  The type of flower you are creating will determine how you cut your petals.

Creating Your Flower

Spread out one side of your petals. Cut your petals along the fold to create a floppier flower such as a chrysanthemum.  Leave uncut for a more formed flower such as a rose.

Forming Flower

To form your flower, gently separate petals and fluff tissue to create a full flower. 

Creating an Aster

To create an aster cut tissue paper into 13-inch squares.  Use purple for outer petals and yellow for inner petals.  Round ends of tissue paper and cut about one inch along fold of petals.

Creating a Peony

To create a large peony, cut tissue into 13 inch squares.  Fold tissue in larger sections, 1 1/2 to 2-inches. Use hot pink for outer petals and light pink for inner petals. Cut ends of tissue paper into large half circles.

Creating a Rose

To create a rose cut several 11-12 inch squares of tissue paper, depending on the size of rose you desire. Use dark red for outer petals and dark pink for inner petals.  Fold into 1 1/2 inch strips.  Cut rounded ends.

Creating a Daisy

To create a daisy, cut tissue paper into 11-inch squares.  Use white tissue for outer petals and yellow for inner petals.  Cut ends of tissue paper in a sharp point.

Tissue Paper Flowers Bouquet

Whether used in a bouquet or as a centerpiece, tissue paper flowers are a whimsical and fun way to brighten up any event.

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