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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.
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
- 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.
- Cut a rectangle shape approximately 30 cm x 20 cm.
- Starting at the end closest to you, fold the paper up about 5 cm wide. This should look similar to a fan.
- Turn the paper over and fold up again. Continue folding in a concertina-type manner until it is all folded.
- Take a matching coloured pipe cleaner and wrap it around the centre of your folded paper.
- With scissors, cut one end of the folded paper into a point. Then cut the other side of the paper into a point.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Attach longer pipe cleaners to the centre of each flower and arrange into a bouquet. Combine flowers of various sizes for a unique effect.
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.
monisa from India on May 07, 2013:
This tutorial is very useful for party and wedding decorations. I'll try my best to make it..thanks!
Ceres Schwarz on May 07, 2013:
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 from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 06, 2013:
Great instructions! The photos are so helpful, and your flowers are beautiful.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 06, 2013:
pretty hub. I had tried making tissue paper flower but failed. Torn apart. Will try yours.
Celeste Wilson on May 06, 2013:
Very pretty, these would look good in any room. Thank you for sharing.
ryanjhoe from Somewhere over the rainbow on May 06, 2013:
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!