How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers for Decoration

Updated on July 23, 2019
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Instructions for Tissue Paper Flowers: Easy Decorations for Weddings and Birthdays
Instructions for Tissue Paper Flowers: Easy Decorations for Weddings and Birthdays

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue paper flowers are not only easy to make, but they're also fantastic decorations for weddings and birthday parties. They even make unique décor for your home!

With a few simple elements, you can create colourful flowers in all different shapes and sizes. You can suspend them from your ceiling, create bouquets with them or make your own vase of everlasting floral art.

This is a great activity to get the kids involved in, and the flowers only take minutes to make. They are safe, virtually indestructible and can be reused over and over: This makes for a fantastic decoration.

Tissue Paper in a Variety of Colours
Tissue Paper in a Variety of Colours | Source

What You'll Need

  • Coloured tissue paper (use any colours you like to match your theme or other decorations)
  • Pipe cleaners (try to match the colour of the tissue paper you select)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Fishing line or invisible nylon

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Open your packet of tissue paper and lay about five sheets on top of each other, flat on the table. You can stick to one colour, or you can place a mixture of colours on the table if you want a multi-coloured flower.
  2. Cut a rectangle shape approximately 30 cm x 20 cm.
  3. Starting at the end closest to you, fold the paper up about 5 cm wide. This should look similar to a fan.
  4. Turn the paper over and fold up again. Continue folding in a concertina-type manner until it is all folded.
  5. Take a matching coloured pipe cleaner and wrap it around the centre of your folded paper.
  6. With scissors, cut one end of the folded paper into a point. Then cut the other side of the paper into a point.
  7. Gently fan open the paper folds. Start with the outside layer and work your way in. One by one, separate each sheet of folded tissue paper from each other. Don't worry if it rips a little.
  8. Once you have completed opening one side, repeat on the other side. Continue to open and rearrange the tissue paper until you have a ball-like shape.

Easy Step-by-Step Instructions
Easy Step-by-Step Instructions

Tips for Making Smaller or Larger Flowers

Now that you have made one flower, you can continue to make them in any colour that you want. You can also adjust the size of your initial tissue paper rectangle to make larger or smaller flowers. However, remember to keep these tips in mind:

  • If the rectangle is too large to start with, you may find that the flower will not have enough strength and may not hold properly.
  • If you make the rectangle too small, the flowers will look like little pom-poms—which is fine, if that's what you're wanting!

How to Display and Arrange Your Flowers

There are many ways to decorate a party or function with your paper flowers. Here are some ideas:

Tissue Paper Flower Pots

Get some small pots or plant tubs. Half-fill them with sand, and then cover the sand with decorating pebbles. Place your flowers on the ends of skewers or chopsticks and poke them into the pots so that they look like flower stems.

Tip: For greater effect, wrap a little green tissue paper around the base of each flower to resemble green leaves.

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Tissue Paper Flower PotsMulti-Coloured Tissue Paper FlowersTissue Paper Flowers Suspended From the Ceiling
Tissue Paper Flower Pots
Tissue Paper Flower Pots
Multi-Coloured Tissue Paper Flowers
Multi-Coloured Tissue Paper Flowers
Tissue Paper Flowers Suspended From the Ceiling
Tissue Paper Flowers Suspended From the Ceiling

Floral Bouquet

Attach longer pipe cleaners to the centre of each flower and arrange into a bouquet. Combine flowers of various sizes for a unique effect.

Vase Display

Poke chopsticks or skewers through the centres of the flowers and place them in a vase, creating a floral display.

Suspend Flowers From the Ceiling

Tie invisible nylon around the centres of the flowers and suspend them from the ceiling. Group flowers of different sizes and colors together for a clever effect.

Tissue Paper Flowers Suspended From the Ceiling
Tissue Paper Flowers Suspended From the Ceiling


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    • Monisa Ahmed profile image


      7 years ago from India

      This tutorial is very useful for party and wedding decorations. I'll try my best to make it..thanks!

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      7 years ago

      The images were lovely and really help readers in understanding the instructions for making tissue paper flowers. The finished tissue paper flowers look so colorful and beautiful.

    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      7 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Great instructions! The photos are so helpful, and your flowers are beautiful.

    • peachpurple profile image


      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      pretty hub. I had tried making tissue paper flower but failed. Torn apart. Will try yours.

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      Celeste Wilson 

      7 years ago

      Very pretty, these would look good in any room. Thank you for sharing.

    • ryanjhoe profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I have never imagined before that tissue paper can be very worth and can be transformed into a beautiful flowers. You are very creative, thanks for sharing this!


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