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Making Tissue Paper Puffy Flowers

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These beautiful tissue paper flowers get their puffy look from using a small Styrofoam ball or Ping Pong ball to create the petals. Set them out in a vase or use to upscale gifts. The photos and instructions needed for making your own can be found on this page.


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I love using tissue paper to make flowers. They make fabulous decorations, and are great for sprucing up gift bags and presents. For these flowers, we will use a small Styrofoam ball or ping pong ball to puff the flower petals to give them a beautiful round dimension. The flower pistils are made by simply twisting some tissue paper into thin strips.


  • tissue paper, 2 colours
  • scissors
  • small Styrofoam ball or ping pong ball
  • glue stick
  • thin bendable wire


  1. Cut your 2 colours of tissue paper. The flower petal dimensions should be about 10" by 4.5" and you will need 5 pieces. The pistil dimensions should be 10" by 1" and you will need 4 pieces.
  2. Place the ball at one end of a petal paper and twist the end shut.
  3. Add a bit of glue and twist it a bit more.
  4. Fold the 2 flaps outward so it's neatly creased.
  5. Now twist the paper on the other side of the ball so it's like a piece of wrapped candy.
  6. Loosen the twist a tiny bit and remove the ball. This is one flower petal.
  7. Repeat these steps to make 5 flower petals.
  8. Take a strip of the pistil paper and twist it into itself tightly.
  9. Repeat to make a total of 4.
  10. Take an 8" piece of wire and bend the end into a hook.
  11. Fold the pistils in half.
  12. Now hook the wire onto the folded portion of the pistils.
  13. Twist the wire onto itself to secure the pistils on.
  14. Place the flower petals around the pistils with the openings facing upwards.
  15. Tightly twist the remaining wire around the stems. Slightly trim the pistils and pointed ends of petals if desired.
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