How to Make a Tissue Paper Orchid

Updated April 17, 2017

Some people have a green fingers and can grow anything without worrying that the plant will die soon after planting. Some people are so inept at gardening that plastic flowers wilt when they are near. The perfect solution for this gardening problem is learning how to create paper flowers. Tissue paper makes beautiful flowers that never need watering or rearranging. Making orchids with tissue paper is the easiest way to get a beautiful vase full of flowers without the worry of wilting.

Cut the tissue paper into small squares. The best size for orchids is 3-by-3 inch squares.

Fold the squares like an accordion. You achieve accordion style by folding about a quarter inch of one edge of the paper back onto itself, then taking that quarter inch and the quarter inch now under it and folding that in the opposite direction. Continue to do this until the entire square is folded accordion style.

Cut the wire to the length of 4 inches.

Tie the wire around the folded tissue paper one inch in, leaving two inches on the other side of the wire. The ends of the wire need to be even. You will use this to attach the flower to green skewers.

Fold down the two-inch long side of the tissue paper. Cut three thin strips in the front and fold those in three opposite directions. Fluff the middle a little bit as desired. This is your orchid. Repeat this process as many times as desired to make an entire bouquet of orchids.

Attach the flowers to green skewers with the ends of the wire and arrange as needed.


Make other types of flowers to go with your orchid bouquet for variety and style.

Things You'll Need

  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft wire or pipe cleaners
  • Wire cutters
  • Green painted skewer sticks
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