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Making Tissue Paper Flowers

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Lovely, colorful decorations can be made with this very thin craft paper. This guide is about making tissue paper flowers.


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October 31, 2013

Tissue paper flowers are easy to make and are perfect for any occasion.


  • tissue paper sheets, any color
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors


  1. Stack all of the needed tissue sheets neatly together. (I made medium sized flowers so I cut my sheets in half.)

    Medium Flower: To make a medium sized flower you will need 2-3 full sheets of tissue paper. Cut them in half lengthwise, then stack the halves together.

    Large Flowers: To make a large sized flower you will need 4-6 full sheets of tissue paper.
  2. Starting at one end fold the tissue over about 1 inch. Then flip the tissue over and fold again, continue folding the tissue accordion style.
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  4. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, set it over the folded tissue, and then twist the two ends together. Using scissors round off the ends of the tissue.
  5. Now gently begin separating the layer of tissue, pulling each layer towards the middle, and covering the folded edge of the pipe cleaner.
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  7. Once all of the layers are separated, fluff them to form the flower. Use the ends of the pipe cleaner to attach the flower to whatever you want.

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May 10, 2006

These vases were made from empty drinkable yogurt containers. Any size container works well. The flowers are made from tissue paper and coffee filters.

Supplies for Vase:



  1. Doing a little at a time, paint glue on the yogurt container and stick on ripped up pieces of tissue paper to the container.
  2. Then paint on more glue over the tissue paper until you cover the entire vase.
  3. I sprinkled on some fine glitter while it was wet to give it some sparkle.

Supplies for Tissue Paper Flowers:


  1. Cut the tissue paper about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. Make sure that all the pieces are the same size.
  2. Stack all the paper up (4-6 pieces) and fold in an accordion pleat.
  3. Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner around the middle of the tissue paper. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower.

Supplies for Coffee Filter Flowers:


  1. Fold the coffee filter in half then half again, fold twice more so you have a narrow edge.
  2. Cut a curve around the outside of the filter or you can make it pointy. This is the inside of your flower.
  3. On the other filter do the same thing just make it bigger just so the inside is smaller than the outside.
  4. Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl with a few drops of food coloring. Then scrunch up the coffee filter and put it in the colored water. You can make all different colors.
  5. Leave the filters in the colored water for a few minutes then take them out so they can dry completely.
  6. After they are dried, put the smaller filter on top of the bigger filter then take the green pipe cleaner and poke it through the middle of the flower. Bend down the top of the pipe cleaner so it doesn't slide out of your flower. Then take a piece of scotch tape and wrap it around the bottom of the flower so it sticks to the pipe cleaner.
  7. You can put a few small rocks in the bottom of the vase so it doesn't tip over.

By luv2craft from Normalville, PA

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February 7, 2007

This is a decoration I made for a Valentine's Day party this year. The vase is made from a drinkable yogurt container. I hot glued on a red ribbon around the middle and hot glued on a bow. I painted the top to give it a little more color.

The flowers are made from 3 squares of tissue paper cut in the shape of hearts. Then put a green pipe cleaner through the bottom of the hearts and fan out the tissue paper so they look like petals of a flower. I bent the top of the pipe cleaner so the tissue paper wouldn't slip off the top. Then I put a piece of tape underneath the petals. You can put a little rock in the vase to weigh it down so it doesn't tip over on your table.

By luv2craft from Normalville, Pennsylvania

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October 31, 2016

Do you know that you can make flowers out of tissue paper without doing complicated folds? In this project I used a cheap toilet paper roll, but I suggest you choose the thicker type of tissue paper and it would look prettier if mixed with different colors.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Use tissue paper to make these decorative flowers, perfect for parties. Learn how to make them in this short video.

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October 1, 20061 found this helpful

My daughter has to decorate a car for the homecoming parade at school. The cars have to be decorated with tissue flowers and I have never made a tissue flower.

southernrose1970 from Louisiana


October 7, 20060 found this helpful
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We used to make them about the same way as carolb posted. We would tear off the outer edges and it would make them look fluffier. Also, using tissue paper instead of Kleenex makes a sturdier flower and gives you a bigger variety of colors and sizes. Mixing colors of tissue paper in the same flower makes beautiful tissue flowers. Just layer different colors and then fold them together. The more layers, the fuller the flower will be. After you fluff them out you can trim as needed to shape with scissors or tear them gently for the rough edge for a fluffier, more natural, look. You can also use pipe cleaners to tie them and then you have a wire to adjust them easier when arranging.
Good luck! It should be fun :)

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