How to Make Tissue Paper Flower

Updated April 17, 2017

Handmade decorations can add a warm and heartfelt touch to any party that store-bought baubles will never be able to replicate. Tissue paper flowers can add brightness and colour to any decor and they are simple to make even for someone who is not very artistically inclined. As long as you know how to fold paper and use a pair of scissors, you can make your own tissue paper flower bouquet.

Arrange a stack of approximately six 8-inch by 8-inch sheets of tissue paper. The sheets can be all one colour or multiple colours, depending on how you'd like your finished flowers to look.

Fold the stack of paper accordion-style beginning at one end, creating folds 1 inch wide. When all of the paper is folded, use a pair of sharp scissors to trim the two short ends into a rounded shape.

Wrap one end of a pipe cleaner tightly around the centre of the paper, leaving the rest of the pipe cleaner straight to act as the flower's stem. To create the flower petals, pull up one sheet of tissue paper at a time toward the centre of the flower.

Fluff the paper once it has all been separated until you have achieved the look you want. If the flower looks a little unbalanced, use scissors to trim some of the petals for a more symmetrical look.


Adjust the size of the flowers by using smaller or larger sheets of tissue paper. Add some extra interest to your flowers by lightly dipping the edges of the petals into a clear-drying glue and sprinkling them with glitter. If you're making a large flower and would like a thicker stem, you can twist two pipe cleaners together or use a bamboo garden stake for an extra heavy-duty option. If using a stake, fold a 4-inch section of pipe cleaner in half over the accordion-folded tissue paper and twist it to hold the paper together, then wrap the ends of the pipe cleaner around one end of the stake. A small amount of glue or clear tape may be required to hold the length of pipe cleaner and the stake securely together. Tissue paper flowers can also be made without stems and strung as a garland. To do this, use a shorter 4-inch length of pipe cleaner to hold together the petals and make the pipe cleaner ends into a loop that can be threaded with string or twine.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 tissue paper sheets, 8 inches by 8 inches
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
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