How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Easy Craft Project for Kids

Tissue paper flowers are a craft that's perfect for Valentine's Dayspringtime, or for any other occasion. School-age kids will particularly love this craft. It's easy to make and they can use their growing dexterity to help trim and pull out the tissues to make these beautiful flowers.


Materials Needed for Tissue Paper Flowers

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You will need the following materials to make your tissue paper flowers:

  • Tissue paper sheets (pink and red make beautiful flowers, but choose whatever colors you prefer)
  • Green card stock paper or construction paper (to make leaves)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Green chenille stems/pipe cleaners

Cut and Start Folding the Tissue Paper

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  1. Take your tissue paper and cut them into 12-by-6-inch sheets. (For larger flowers, use bigger sheets).
  2. Lay multiple sheets on top of each other (at least six to 10 sheets is ideal).
  3. Once they're stacked and lined up, begin folding your tissue paper.
  4. Start with the shorter side (in this case, the 6-inch side) and make a 1-inch fold.

Make Accordion Folds

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Turn your tissue paper over for the next fold, then turn it back for the fold after that. Keep folding and turning over the paper until you have an accordion-style narrow strip of tissue paper.


Cut Rounded Edges

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Take your scissors and trim the ends of the tissue paper strip so that you have a rounded edge. This will help your tissue paper petals have a rounded appearance, like the petals of a real peony, when you unfold the flower later.


Add a Stem

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Take a chenille stem and loop it around the middle of the folded tissue paper strip. To make sure it's centered, you can fold the tissue strip in half and put the "stem" there.


Open the Petals

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Starting on one side, begin opening the tissue paper folds.


Separate the Tissue Paper Sheets

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Gently separate the tissue paper sheets to unfold the petals of your flower. It will quickly begin to look like a beautiful blossom.

Very young children may have a hard time with this part, so you may want to do this step and then have your child fluff the petals once you are done. But even if it doesn't look perfect, it will still be pretty, and your child will love showing off her flower.


Add Green Leaves

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Next, take some green cardstock or construction paper and make a 2-inch fold. Draw some leaf halves on the folded edge and cut them out. For a flower this size, the leaves should be at least 4 inches long and about an inch at its widest point when you draw the half-leaf before cutting it out (so it will be 2-inches wide once it's unfolded). This will give you symmetrical leaves once you cut them out and unfold them.

Note: This step is optional, but having green leaves lends the blossoms even more of a realistic look.


Glue the Leaves to the Blossoms

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Take your leaves and add at least a couple to each blossom. Glue the petals to the bottom of each blossom, placing it wherever you and your child decide it looks best.


Gorgeous Paper Flower Blossoms

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Once you have a few tissue paper flowers (either in various colors or in one color—that's up to you), arrange them in a vase to give them an even more realistic look. You can also place them on gifts for a beautiful decoration, or give them out to friends and family for Valentine's Day, Easter, or any other special occasion.

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