With a few folds and snips, you can transform ordinary tissue into vibrant blooms!
Tissue paper flowers are cheerful, fun, and cost less than a cup of coffee to make. Best of all, they never wilt!
But don’t let these delicate blooms fool you because they are easy on the wallet.
Tissue paper flowers are a go-to favourite for celebrations because they make a tremendous impact for the time and effort to make. In other words, quick and easy.
Ooooh-la-la and so pretty!
There are a few ways to make paper flowers. But in this post, I will show you how to make paper flowers using the fold method – and share the secret sauce to make them puffy and gorgeous.
The folded method is a basic no-fail method that every crafter should have in their toolbox. With a little imagination, the finished bloom has so many possibilities.
- garlands + garlands with lights
- napkin holders
- table settings
- gift toppers
- hanging pom-poms
- flower backdrop
- giant paper flower wall art
- flower crowns
9 steps: How to make tissue paper flowers
We’ll start with the basic fold and puff starting with one size, and one shape for this flower.
I made the flowers shown below with 8 sheets of tissue cut 8” x 10” – the finished flower size is 6 inches.
Keep in mind the measurements in this tutorial are a starting point. You can make the flowers smaller or larger, but you may need to adjust the number to tissue paper sheets. Smaller flowers will need fewer sheets of tissue, and larger flower need more sheets of tissue. There is no set rule for how many sheets to use – that depends on the size of the flower and how full and puffy you want them to be.
Gather your supplies:
- Tissue paper
- Stapler (what I use) or string
- Rotary cutter (optional)
- Cut 8 pieces of tissue paper 8” x 10”.
- Fold paper over 1″ and press firm to make a crisp edge.
- Accordion the rest of the paper following the 1″ guide.
- Trim any excess paper that doesn’t make a full fold.
- Staple the center ( or tie with string or twist tie), and cut desired shape on both ends.
- Starting on one side, gently separate the top sheet and pull towards the center staple.
Fluff as you go!
3 shapes to make 3 different styles
- Round – soft Peony-style flower.
- Pointed – spikey Dahlia-style flower.
- Square – pom-pom Chrysanthemum-style flower.
It’s tempting to try EVERY shape under the sun, but simple works better.
The secret sauce to making fluffy tissue paper flowers every time
Keep the shapes simple and cuts shallow.
This is key to achieving a beautiful fluff.
Avoid trimming deep shapes on the end of the fold – ideally, you want to cut the shape 1”-1.5” deep and no more.
Tissue paper is delicate and a fluffy flower needs to have a strong base and middle. The fluff requires layer upon layer of strength. Cutting too deep will result in a floppy tissue mess.
Mix and Match to make one-of-a-kind tissue paperflowers
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take it a step further.
Combining the three shapes – round, point, square – and different widths of tissue paper layered, create unlimited styles, and flower centers.
The trick is, and this is so important, the length of each layer of tissue MUST be the same (see pictures below).
For this flower example I used:
- 4 sheets of tissue cut 7” x 10”
- 3 sheets of tissue cut 3” x 10”
- Cut tissue paper and layer together and center.
- Accordion fold all pieces together – you can use a paper clip to keep the layers together evenly.
- Separate layers and cut shapes on the end of each – here I used a round Peony edge for the outer petals, and a square “fringe” edge for the flower center.
- Layer back together and staple in the middle.
- Starting with the flower center pieces, gently pull tissue toward the center.
There you go! Perfect, fluffy, one of a kind blooms every time.
I bet you’ll never throw away that gift bag stuffing again.
But skip the neatly-folding-while-everyone-watches part, cause it doesn’t matter. Wrinkly paper makes gorgeous flowers too.