Giant Paper Tissue Flowers




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I hope you were having fun with all the Easter festivities with your loved ones! It's been a while since I went with the creative niche on my blog too, it was all soul-things recently, that is why I was absent from Instructables too. I wanted to do something else too, that is not only painting and trying, but a little project anyone can do even with little amount of time on their hands.

This is how I decided to share the way I make decorations for various purposes, like embellishing giftboxes, making buntings or just a fake flower bouquet. I took millions of photos while making these, it felt so good just holding the camera - I will try to upload less than I first wanted so it won't become an enormous tutorial for something so simple!

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Step 1: Here's All That You Need...

Here's the list of supplies you can basically find in your own home for this project:

  • Layered paper tissues (or small napkins)
  • Watercolor (if you want the kind of ombre effect I made)
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

Step 2: Paint Your Tissue Papers!

Starting with an optional step, with lots of water draw lines on the edges of your paper tissues - you will have to wait for them to dry completely (or if you are impatient like me, get a hairdryer!)

Step 3: Making Your Layers

After the drying, take the tissues apart to their layers, and make piles of 8 of them (I needed 2 tissues for 8 layers).

Step 4: Fans!

Fold a fan from them, fold it in half then use your stapler to staple the middle of it.

Step 5: Choose Your Shape

Choose a way to cut the edge of your fan! I would recommend using the round one, I like it so much more than the spiky one! Experiment with different forms! :)

Step 6: Making the Flower Itself

Simply open your fan and fold up the layers towards the middle of your flower, forming the lovely shape of your fake peonies :) (it's a bit harder to explain, so refer to the photos above)

Step 7: It's All Done!

Step 8: Where a Thank You Is Due...

Thank you guys for following along on this very simple spring decoration tutorial!

I'm eager to see your future explorations on usage of these gigantic tissue flowers, I really do think they give a nice touch to any environment! (except for rainy places - rainy places and tissue flowers are not friends!)

If you are interested in more tutorials, my illustration journey or my pretty findings, please do visit my blog and leave a comment that you found me. :) (as this tutorial was originally posted on it too!)

Now it's time to have a nice, creative day!



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    7 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I made this flower with tough, bright yellow plastic that came wrapped around fresh flowers, only four layers of squares about 6"x6" and a twist tie in middle. Then I attached them to shrubs at the far side of my yard, a very shady part that never sees blooms. They look great. Thanks for reminding me of this; I think I first saw it in grade school. Your pink peony blossoms are beautiful.


    2 years ago

    I've been making these since I was a kid too! But I can't beat LeeH88's 1962! I teach making them to my Cloverbuds ( jr. 4H students). We fold colored 'pipe cleaners' over the middle and twist to make a stem. Makes it easier to tie them to things. The trimming of the tips is great. Never saw that before.


    2 years ago

    This tute is wonderful. I especially like the effect when painted. I learned to make flowers like this at summer camp thru the park district in about 1962! We used crepe paper or tissue paper. Now I find they are a great idea on the top of a wrapped gift instead of a bow.


    2 years ago

    beautiful! I made headbands using this technique and a mixture of tissue and foil flowers, love the idea of painting the tissue first though x


    2 years ago

    thank you! I cannot wait to make some. I'll send photos.


    2 years ago

    Hey! I made one too,but your look much nicer than me :D


    Nice. It has the look of a large pioni but you can make it any time of year.