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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers: Whimsical Party Decorations and Favors

A long-time crafter, Dolores has created sewing projects for private clients, including pillow covers, linen pillow cases, and sink skirts.

You can see that the one on the upper right is not so pretty - that was the first one, you get better with practice!

You can see that the one on the upper right is not so pretty - that was the first one, you get better with practice!

Make Inexpensive Party Decorations!

Tissue paper flowers are a whimsical and attractive party decoration. You can make these inexpensive flowers for bridal or baby showers, children's parties, or any event you wish to dress up. They are simple to make, informal, and fun. You can also use them as party favors to delight your guests when the party is over.

Tips to Make Beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers

  1. Purchase tissue paper in large packages at big box stores. You can use a single color for a mass of similar blooms. A wedding shower looks pretty with all white flowers. Alternatively, you can use the colors of the bridesmaid dresses.
  2. To please a guest of honor, create tissue paper flowers in their favorite color or use exciting combinations like pink and orange.
  3. I used several sheets of striped tissue mixed in with plain for added interest.
  4. For added depth, use several shades of the same color.
  5. Make the tissue paper flowers resemble giant blooms or vary the sizes by cutting the paper in half to create smaller flowers.
  6. For a recent baby shower, I set out a container of real carnations too. The tissue flowers resemble carnations, so the combination was very attractive.

What You'll Need

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire or chenille pipe cleaners
  • A friend to help
Tissue paper flower - Fold accordion style (photo by Ajax Monet).

Tissue paper flower - Fold accordion style (photo by Ajax Monet).

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

1. Take 10 tissue paper sheets and cut them in half. If you are making a huge flower, more sheets will create a fluffier bloom. For the first one you make, use fewer sheets. Think of it as your practice flower.

  • Pile them on top of one another, matching the corners.
(photo by Ajax Monet)

2. Fold the tissue paper back and forth, making accordion pleats with the folds 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Wrap floral wire or chenille pipe cleaner around the center of the folded sheets. If you want to display the flowers in a vase, use stiffer, longer wire.

Tissue Paper Flowers - Fold in Half Like a Fan

Tissue Paper Flowers - Fold in Half Like a Fan

3. Fold it in half like a fan. Secure it with wire. If you like, before you spread the fan, clip the edges. Snip into the petal or cut rounded edges for an interesting, more flower-like look.

Gently Unfold Tissue Paper and Fluff

Gently Unfold Tissue Paper and Fluff

4. Gently unfold the tissue paper as shown, separating the pieces of tissue paper. After unfolding, you can fluff or arrange the tissue as you like.

Making Tissue Paper Flowers

Making Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flower - Done!

Tissue Paper Flower - Done!

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