How to Make a Tissue Paper Rose

Updated February 21, 2017

Tissue-paper roses can be made to be used as decorations for many occasions. They are beautiful for proms, showers, weddings and birthday and quinceanera parties. They can be made into a bouquet for a wedding rehearsal, and they are perfect for parade floats. These paper roses can be made ahead of time, and hold up well during the process of decorating. The project is child-friendly and can be used for camp, VBS and Girl-Scout crafts.

Draw a pattern of a 2-inch-high tear drop and a heart on lightweight cardboard. Draw a 3-inch-tall heart and cut out all three pieces.

Draw the three patterns onto the tissue paper with pencil.

Cut out four teardrop shapes from the tissue. Cut out five to seven small hearts and eight to 12 large hearts.

Fold one teardrop shape lengthwise over the end of a piece of wire. Wrap the bottom of the teardrop with floral tape to secure it to the wire.

Add two to three more teardrops to form the rose bud. Floral wrap securely.

Roll the curved ends of the heart shapes by wrapping them around a piece of heavy wire or a round toothpick. Curl the ends under.

Place one small heart outside of the bud and floral-tape it in place. Place a second heart so that it is overlapping the first one about 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Floral-tape that one in place. Continue wrapping and taping small hearts until the bud is surrounded.

Place large heart petals using the same method you used for the small hearts. Floral-wrap each petal separately.


You can make rose leaves with green tissue paper and a larger teardrop-shaped pattern.


Be sure to cover all wires to prevent injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper
  • Florist wire
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.