Introduction: Easy Tissue Paper Flowers

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Tissue Paper Flowers are simple, quick, and inexpensive.  They are a thoughtful hand made gift that is easy to customize, looks beautiful, and can last a long time.  You can whip up a dozen flowers in about an hour.  It's a perfect gift or decoration for Valentine's Day!

To get started you'll probably have most of these items already laying around your house, if not you can find everything you need at your local $1 Store or Craft Store. This is what you need to make one dozen tissue paper flowers. One piece of tissue paper makes one flower. It's easiest to make the flowers in multiples of three. Adjust what you need based on how many flowers you want to make.

You'll Need:
12 Sheets of Tissue Paper (20"x26" or 20"x30")
12 Pipe Cleaners or other Flexible Wire
A Vase

Ribbon to decorate the Vase
Scotch Tape to attach the Ribbon to the Vase
A Ruler or Measuring Tape

Step 1: Prep Your Paper

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Lay three sheets of unfolded tissue paper down on a flat surface. Stacking them on top pf each other.

Step 2: Fold Your Paper

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Place the tissue paper stack in front of you portrait style. Take the bottom edge and fold in over one inch. Then flip it over and fold it back on the other side. Continue folding your way up the paper one inch at a time.

When you are done folding your tissue paper stack should look like an accordion.

Step 3: Make Your Flowers

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Fold that accordion in half and fold an inch and a half of a pipe cleaner around it. Then twist the pipe cleaner together to secure the flower to the stem.

Take two more pipe cleaners and attach them the same way, on each side, about 6-7 inches away from the center. The paper color at the top of the pipe cleaner will be your center color and the color at the base of the stem will be your bottom color. By placing the pipe cleaners in different directions you'll get opposite color combinations for your flowers. If you position your pipe cleaners all in the same direction your flowers will all be identical.  

Cut the paper into three equal sized pieces (about 6-7 inches long), the pipe cleaners should be in the center of each of the pieces. Adjust your pipe cleaners if necessary.

Cut rounded edges on each end of your three flowers. You'll probably need to trim the outer edges a bit more than the inner edges to even them out. Catch paper trimmings in the bottom of the vase for decorative confetti. 

This is a great stopping point, if you want to prep all your tissue paper up to this point in advance. After this point your tissue paper flowers will take up more space and be more fragile.

Step 4: Fluff and Finish Your Flowers!

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While holding your stem (pipe cleaner), gently open up the flower accordion and begin pulling the top layer straight up all the way around the flower. Be careful not to rip the delicate paper.  You usually can't tell if it's been ripped.

Separate the other two layers by pulling the middle layer straight up toward the top layer, while pulling the bottom layer straight down.

Finally, flip the flower upside down and gently run you fingers from the center stem to the edge applying gentle pressure, pressing the bottom layer down toward the middle layer.

Step 5: Arrange Your Flowers!

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For the first layer slightly bend your flower stems into the vase so your flowers are facing outward. Do the same with the second layer. For the top slide one to three more flowers on to the top. Adjust your flowers as necessary till you are happy with your arrangement(s).

*If using ribbon it to decorate your vase. Cut a strip of ribbon and use double sided scotch tape to secure it to the vase.

Have fun making your flowers! Play with different color combinations. Reds and pinks are great for Valentine's Day. You could also use one yellow for the center and two white sheets to make Daisies. Use yellow and brown to make Sunflowers. The possibilities are endless!

Contact me if you have any questions.


ElaineT29 (author)2017-11-22

Help! I'm not too crafty! I'm stuck at the point where you're supposed to pull the top layer up around the flower. Does that mean away from the pipe cleaner? Please respond. I'm doing this on Wednesday before Thanksgiving & am supposed to lead a group of children on Thanksgiving in creating these! Thank you!

ElaineT29 (author)2017-11-21

What age group in children would this be for? TY!

ingaingainga (author)2017-10-19

freetrapp made it! (author)2017-03-31

Great instructions. Made these to decorate at work.

Odin Panzer (author)2017-03-14

Really cool! I would love to make some of these today!

emma__lewis made it! (author)2016-11-28

i live in Latin Amermica and we are having our first Christmas. my mom thought it would be fun to put these on the tree this year. love it!

AnamT made it! (author)2016-08-19

I made and also write an article about it

through using your guide.

Thank You.

Read it and comment

kindly read it

JenniferS231 (author)2016-04-19

Im looking for different paper or tissue flowers foe an events centerpieces

HaiH12 made it! (author)2016-04-19

This page is beautiful flowers

HaiH12 (author)2016-04-19

thank you

HaiH12 (author)2016-04-19

I would love to do flowers, you can go to my web assess my flowers do not

SEKTHEBOSS (author)2016-04-15

i don't have any questions

LucyW12 made it! (author)2016-03-01

I made these to help decorate a rather lavish easter bonnet! Wonderfully easy and effective :-)

Madi-cakes (author)2016-02-10

I love it!!!

AnnikaB1 (author)2015-12-09

I learned how to make these a while ago, and I couldn't quite remember how. Thanks for the reminder! When I learned, I was taught to use 5 sheets of tissue paper. That way they are a lot fuller- but I suppose you can use however many sheets you want.

fawn.rodgers.7 (author)2015-01-25

Gorgeous! I would love to do this for my wedding centrepieces. If I made them a few weeks before do you think they would hold their shape?

You shouldn't have any problems with them holdi shape. My kids and I made some for my mom probably 10 years ago. She has them in her bedroom amd they sti look good. Little dusty lol.

KatieKay (author)fawn.rodgers.72015-01-25

As long as they are not exposed to water or humidity they will hold their shape just fine. I made these for a baby shower and was able to reuse them over a month later when the baby was born. You can also do all the cutting and folding in advance and fluff them up later. Once they are fluffed they are much more fragile and take up way more space.

cndblake (author)2015-08-28

Thanks for the refresher on how to make these. I am going to make to use in photography background.

SallyR8 made it! (author)2015-08-22

I used to make these when I was a kid. Earlier tonight I was wrapping a difficult large present for daughters baby shower tomorrow. I had plenty of pink and light green (her colors) tissue paper. Thought about the flowers but my mind was fuzzy on the creating. Did a quick Google search and found this.Loved that I could male them smaller than the old ones we made as kids. I played with the layering of the paper colors as well as trimming the petal ends. Some I made very pointy, some rounded and some semi pointed. They came out wonderful. I didn't have pipe cleaner but I did have green bendy straws so I used a stapler and put the bendy end between the layers at the mid point. PERFECT. So if she wants to keep a few in a vase in the baby's room it should brighten it up:) Thank you for the directions!

ItsNathan (author)2015-08-21

doing this for a baby shower

and this is so easy

blackwolf6155 (author)2015-07-21

this stuff is easy

blackwolf6155 (author)2015-07-21

this is great

ThopegowdaY (author)2015-07-10

nice i gave it on my teachers birthday

Piei (author)2015-04-30

made some 4 cinco de mayo!

Piei (author)2015-04-30

trueghost36 (author)2015-04-25

I made this for my mom & sister. mom is in her 80t's.

trueghost36 (author)2015-04-18

I made this. Its easy. I made them for my sister. mom .2 friends.

liliantre (author)2015-04-10

What beautiful flowers and colors. Back in '72, I made these with kleenex tissues and the middle was a bobby pin, stuck on an umbrella for my sister's wedding shower. Don't remember how many I made but it sure used up a lot of boxes of kleenex!!! Thanks for reminding me how to make them - I will make some for my grand-daughter who just loves pretty flowers.

pat.w.thrift (author)2015-03-23

Thank you for the great tutorial. My dining room table needs a little something something for spring.

sarahana (author)2015-03-20

nice idea

michaelyoung900 (author)2015-03-19

Awesome Tutorial. We can try to make.

craftypeach made it! (author)2014-08-10


kawaiilover (author)2014-02-09

Cute, try my way! Coffee filters :)

craftypeach (author)kawaiilover2014-08-10

I've actually done this yesterday and the coffee filters are a little too thick and kind of difficult to flex. However, I was able to accomplish to make a pretty flower by cutting the one in half and glue it to the sides of the other one and added a small flower My Mother had made, in the center. Cool! Wonder how yours turned out. Sorry, I have a low quality camera but here is a picture of it.

Yte (author)2014-02-11

Great Job! I love all the colors you used and how easy they are to make.

tscott25 (author)2014-02-10

Very pretty! :-) And great idea for that someone special who's in the hospital or just home sick. And to Kawaiilover can you repost your coffee filter flowers? :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-10

I just loved them, Thank you so much for sharing.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-02-09

Very pretty! My favorite colors too!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-02-09

Sweet! love the flowers and the colors!

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