How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue paper flowers are an easy-to-make craft that's perfect for a variety of holidays and occasions. School-age kids will particularly love this craft because it allows them to create decor that can be used and admired. The materials required are easy to find and kids can use their growing dexterity to help trim and pull out the tissues to make a whole bouquet of these beautiful flowers.

1

Gather Your Materials

tissue paper flowers materials

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To make a single stemmed flower you will need:

  • 1 green chenille stem/pipe cleaners
  • 1 sheet of green cardstock paper or construction paper
  • 3 sheets (12-by-6-inch sheets or larger) of colored tissue paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
2

Prepare the Tissue Paper

prepare tissue paper

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  • Take the tissue paper out of its package, stack three sheets on top of one another, line them up, and cut into 12-by-6-inch sheets. (For larger flowers, use bigger sheets and cut to your desired size).
  • Once cut to size, be sure your sheets of tissue paper are stacked and lined up once again before you begin folding your tissue paper.
  • Start with the shorter side (in this case, the 6-inch side) and make a 1-inch fold to start off an accordion fold.

Tip

If you are making several of these flowers, lay multiple tissue paper sheets on top of one another at the same time before cutting to size (at least six to 12 sheets is ideal).

3

Make Accordion Folds

make accordion folds

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  • Once you have made a 1-inch fold in your stacked tissue paper edge, turn your tissue paper stack 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.
4

Round the Edges With Scissors

Round the Edges With Scissors

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  • Take your scissors and trim the ends of the stacked 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.
  • Be sure to trim both ends of your folded tissue paper stack.
5

Add the Stem

add the stem

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  1. To ensure the stem is centered, fold the tissue strip in half and place the green pipe cleaner or chenille stem at the fold.
  2. Loop the "stem" around the middle of the folded tissue paper strip.
  3. Twist the pipe cleaner onto itself to hold the tissue paper strip in place.
6

Gently Peel Open the Layers

Gently Peel Open the Layers

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  • Starting on one side, begin opening up the tissue paper folds you made.
  • Be sure to pull apart the folds evenly from both ends.
7

Separate the Tissue Paper Sheets

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.

Tip

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.

8

Cut and Add Green Leaves (Optional)

Cut and Add Green Leaves

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Having green leaves lends the blossoms even more of a realistic look.

  • Make a 2-inch fold in a piece of green cardstock or construction paper.
  • Draw leaves on the folded edge. If you used 12-by-6-inch tissue paper for the flower, the leaves should be at least 4 inches long and about an inch at their widest point.
  • Cut out the leaves.
9

Glue the Leaves to the Stems

Glue the Leaves to the Stems

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  • Glue one or two leaves to the stem of each blossom, placing them wherever you and your child decide they look best.
10

Create an Arrangement

Create a Flower Arrangement

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Once you have made a few tissue paper flowers, you can arrange them in a vase or give them as gifts for Valentine's Day, Easter, or any other special (or "just because") occasion.

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