DIY: How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

May 26th, 2009 § 97 comments

These colorful and whimsical paper flowers are easy to make and a great way to decorate for a spring or summer party. Just choose your colors, purchase some tissue paper and fishing wire, grab a pair of scissors, and you’re ready to go…

Click for the rest of the directions after the jump!

All you need is a pack of tissue paper (or more, depending on how many you want to make) and a spool of fishing wire. Each flower requires about six sheets of tissue paper. The glossier the paper, the easier it is to construct the flowers.

Layer four to eight sheets of tissue paper (the more paper, the denser the result):
Fold the tissue paper accordion-style, creating about two inch wide folds:
Cut the folded tissue paper into two equal length pieces, which will yield one flower each:
Set one folded piece aside and begin work on the other. Take a long piece of fishing wire and tie one end around the middle of your folded paper. You do not need to cinch the tied fishing wire around the paper, just tie it securely in place:
Trim the fishing wire to be long enough to hang the flower at your desired length:
Once you’ve tied the fishing wire around the middle, round out the edges of the folded paper like so:
Now start fanning out the folds on one side of the string and then carefully separating and pulling apart all the single sheets of tissue:
After fanning out one side, do the same to the other side. Lastly, fluff out both sides to create uniformity:
Once you have made flowers of varying size, color, and density, hang them and enjoy the colorful display:

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§ 97 Responses to DIY: How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers"

  1. Mary says:

    These are gorgeous! And so easy too– now I know what I’ll be doing tonight :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

    • Gaby says:

      having a circus themed birthday party this weekend and going to make these in bright primary colors to hang from the trees.

      • Nabil says:

        You can use scrapbook paper, catrsdock or construction paper. Scrapbook paper is probably your best choice . It is available at WalMart, Michael’s, A.C. Moore’s and many others. It comes in an endless variety of colors and patterns. Look up scrapbook stores in your area. They will have sample pages and many even offer classes. If there are no stores go to some scrapbook sites on the internet . There are thousands of great ideas! You can also make your own greeting cards with the cricut. You will have a lot of fun with it I am sure!

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  3. caroline says:

    Cool! I bet my daughter would enjoy making these with me for her birthday party! Great idea! Thanks!

  4. Kaylyn says:

    Those are so beautiful and so simple to make! Now I can’t wait to have a party for no reason just so people can see I can be crafty! haha

  5. yolio says:

    I love these. When I was a kid, for every big holiday we would make these flowers en masse. We would string them together into giant garlands and hang them with banners. To me, tissue paper flowers = party.

  6. milly says:

    i learned how to do this in grade school for a play, which i totally forgot about…they really are cute!

  7. Aussie says:

    you have saved the day, not just my wardrobe!!!

    I will be making these for a farewell party I’m organising for a friend at her place. I’ll be able to spice it up with colour and mood without breaking the budget.

    thank you!

  8. Aussie says:

    Thanks again for this girls! The farewell party was yesterday and everyone loved the decorations!

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  11. Katherine says:

    Thank you sooo much! I am definately making these for my little girl’s birthday party!

  12. Olivia says:

    Love those flowers!

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  22. Dorothy Liuzzo says:

    Tissue flowers are very cute, will they be in all colors or, green, and yellow? You always come up with clever ideas. Mom

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  25. suzy says:

    i made theses for my grandaughters 1st communion. i got bud vases an put clear rhistones on the vase an put 3 of theses fkower in the vase for the center pieces in the middle of the tables. everybuddy love it

  26. emmalee says:

    If you want to keep them a while use trash bags they will hold up better then the tissue paper.

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  28. Valerie West Creal says:

    The paper tissue flowers are a delight to make. I am having a birthday party for myself and wanted to mak things cute but inexpensive and saw this. After seeing all of the different colors come together, the are simply marvelous. I can’t wait to hang them as part of my decorations. Again….Thanks.

    • Kitty says:

      Happy Birthday! I love decorations that are so simple but festive. Nobody ever does anything special for birthdays in my husband’s family and I intend to break that tradition! what a fantastic idea!!!!

  29. Vanisha Latrese says:

    I first saw these while visiting the hospital during an Labor and Delivery visit and thought to myself, “Those are beautiful and perfect for my shower.” Now with the help of you guys I found out exactly how to make them. THANX !

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    Thank you so much for posting! Your directions were easy to follow and pictures were great to follow as well!

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  34. Kitty says:

    I LOVE that I found your site!!! I knew how to make these about 50 years ago and have long since forgotten. I have a big family birthday party planned and I can’t wait to show off… errr I mean decorate

  35. Amy says:

    Mine didn’t work… I don’t know what I did wrong.

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