completed tissue paper flower

How to Make Easy Tissue Paper Flowers

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We have all seen tissue paper flowers of various kinds. They are so quick and cheap to make that they remain very popular. There are of lots of different kinds of tissue paper flowers and this step by step tutorial is just going to show you one method. It is super quick and easy and great to make with the kids.

You can use your completed flowers for many purposes. What about stringing them together to form a garland? Or cover a piece of card with them and use them as a picture. Kids could attach them to greeting cards to give loved ones for birthdays or Mother Day. When I was a child we used them to decorate lorries for carnival parades. They are so cheap you can make hundreds and have a real impact!

You can use tissue paper from a craft shop but I prefer to use tissues or napkins. In this tutorial I am using a paper napkin.

If you like watching crafts then scroll down to the bottom of the written tutorial and you will find a video tutorial to watch.

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You will need:

Tissue Paper (or napkin or tissues)



Tissue paper flowers equipment

Prepare your Tissue Paper Squares

Whatever your source of tissue paper you need squares of tissue paper. It depends what you use as to how many you need. I will explain.

If you are using tissue paper from a craft shop then you need 8 squares.

If you are using a paper napkin or tissue then you need 4 squares as each one is 2 ply (has 2 sheets)

The sizing is up to you but if you go too small your flowers will be hard to make. My napkin squares are 8″.

Squares of tissue paper

Fold the Squares and Staple

Lay all your squares directly on top of each other. Starting at one side fold a small amount of paper over (approximately 0.5″).

Then turn the squares over and repeat so that you fold the same amount over again.

Turn the squares over again and repeat. Keep going until you have folded all the tissue paper as shown in the picture below.

Concertina of tissue paper

Now squeeze all your folds together and fold the whole thing in half to find the centre. Once you have the centre staple through all the layers. If your stapler is struggling then turn the paper over and staple the other way too. Just make sure all your folds are secured. You could use a piece of wire wrapped around the folds if you prefer.

Concertina stapled

Cut the Petal Shape

You now have a choice to make. You can leave the ends of your folds as they are and your flower will look like this.

completed tissue paper flower with no trimming

If you would like your flower edges to look a little more like petals then you can round the end of the folds like this.

End of tissue paper rounded

The resulting flower will look like this.

blue tissue paper flower cropped

Another alternative is to snip down into the folds approximately half an inch to give a full finish with tiny petal edges. The flower looks like this.

Tissue paper flower trimmed

So, now is the time to decide. Leave your folds alone or cut the ends. Then move onto the next step.

‘Fluff up’ the Flower

This is where you form your flower petals. On one side of the flower take the top layer of tissue paper and pull it up so that it stands up away from the rest of the tissue paper. If you are using napkins or tissues you will need to separate the tissue layers. This can be tricky but persevere and you will be rewarded with a full flower.

First petals formed

Now repeat with all the tissue paper layers on that side of the flower. When you are finished it should look like this.

Half of flower formed

Now repeat for the other side and you will have a fully formed flower. Well done!

completed tissue paper flower

Video Tutorial


So you should now have a fully formed DIY tissue paper flower. You can now make as many as you like and decorate wherever you like. These are great for parties! Try different sizes for different effects. Just be warned that if you go very small it becomes hard to fluff up your flower without ripping the tissue paper.

If your flower is larger on one side than the other it just means that you didn’t get your staples in the middle but no-one will probably notice!

If your flower gets a little squashed in storage you can always fluff up the petals again and get it looking pretty.

As you are looking to make flowers I recommend that you check out the following tutorials as alternatives:

Gorgeous Paper Flowers from old Magazines

Book Page Roses

Collection of Paper Flower Tutorials

Upcycle an old T-shirt into Fabulous Fabric Flowers

Super Quick and Easy Yoyo Flowers

I hope that you have found some fabulous flowers to make but if you need more inspiration you can follow me on Pinterest .

tissue paper flower

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  1. These are gorgeous! I think I have some tissue paper laying around (probably in with the wrapping paper stash) that I can use to try making some. Thank you so much for the inspiration. *Hugs*

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