Learning how to make tissue paper flowers comes in SO handy! Next time you need an easy, but impressive, birthday party decoration, you can make some paper tissue flowers! I have even seen people decorate their kids and teens bedrooms with clusters of these paper flowers. The original inspiration for this craft comes from Mexico! In fact, our Mexican games and activities would be an AWESOME supplement to this craft! I love when we can incorporate educational learning into fun activities!!!
Craft Classes for Kids
We had so much fun teaching cooking classes for kids last week, and love this week’s virtual camp theme of crafts for kids! Here’s yesterday’s DIY envelope craft, in case you didn’t see it yet. Don’t forget to join our Facebook group to see our live classes and follow us on Pinterest, so you won’t miss a thing! You definitely need to follow Hannah at Inspired Sparks too, because she is posting all kinds of awesome videos to teach kids about science, crafts and cooking!
Tissue Paper Flower Materials
The good news is that you probably already have the materials needed to make these tissue paper flowers. If you don’t, they are useful items to have around the house anyway!
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers
Here are the steps for how to make paper tissue flowers!
1. Pick 6 sheets of tissue paper
Select six sheets of tissue paper, either all the same color or a combination. Either way your tissue paper flower will look gorgeous!
2. Stack your tissue paper in a neat pile
Make sure that your tissue paper is lined up neatly, one sheet on top of the other. Whatever color tissue paper is on top will become the center of your flower, and the bottom sheet of paper will be the base of your flower.
3. (Optional) cut the tissue paper in half
If you want a HUGE tissue paper flower, you may skip this step! I would suggest making a couple different sizes to see what you like the best. For our flowers, we decided to cut the tissue paper in half lengthwise to make smaller flowers.
4. Fold a one inch accordion style
Place your tissue paper so that the shorter side of the stack is closest to you. Fold it up around one inch. Then, flip the stack over and fold it another inch. Don’t stress out if each fold isn’t precise! Just do the best you can and keep repeating until your entire tissue paper looks like an accordion, as shown in the photo below.
5. Take the floral wire (or pipe cleaner) and twist it around the center of the tissue paper “accordion”
We decided to use a green pipe cleaner, so that it would look like a flower stem! If you look at both sides of your tissue paper “accordion,” you will notice that one side is “closed” and the other is “open.” The photo in step #4 shows our “closed” side, and the photo below shows our “open” side (see how you can see the various layers of tissue paper on the ends?)
You want the “open” side to be facing up towards the top of your flower. Another way to figure out which way should face up is by making sure that the color you selected for the inside of your flower is on top. Then, twist your floral wire or pipe cleaner around the center, so that the “stem” is pointing away from the “open” side.
6. Cut the ends of the tissue paper “accordion”
Here is another step where you can get creative and try out different options. We opted to cut the ends in a round shape (as shown in the photo below) but you can also make it pointy instead, fringed, jagged or anything you would like. Try out different cuts to see how it effects your final tissue paper flower! You may notice that we didn’t put the pipe cleaner stem on before we cut our ends in the photo below… that is how we originally made them! However, after making many flowers, we realized that it is easier to hold everything in place if you put the pipe cleaner around the center before you cut the petal shape!
7. Fan out your tissue paper flower
Open up your “accordion” until both “halves” make a circle. If you can’t get it to unfold, then try cutting the ends of your tissue paper deeper.
8. Peel up each layer of your flower
Starting with the tissue paper on top, peel it up towards the center of the flower. Continue doing this until you have peeled up all 6 layers of tissue paper. Be careful, because tissue paper tears easily. However, this project is very forgiving, so even if it rips, you probably won’t be able to tell! As you can see in the photo below, the concentration level was very serious for this step in our house.
9. Ta-da, you have a beautiful tissue paper flower
You may want to fluff the paper up a bit and reposition things around, but here is what our final tissue paper flowers looked like!
Our kids were thrilled with the end result! Unfortunately, I didn’t grab a photo of my son’s Spiderman inspired flower (which was red and black), but our girls’ smiles tell you this was a winning craft!
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How to make a paper tissue flower
So, how did your paper tissue flower turn out? Did you make a HUGE flower? Multiple smaller ones? Solid colors? Multi-colors? Rounded petals? Pointy petals? The sky is the limit when it comes to making these tissue paper flowers! Make sure to share a photo of how your flowers turn out in our Facebook Group! We are always so inspired by all of our amazing members!!!