With the holidays just around the corner, now is the best time to decorate your home to make for a festive look. However, with all the meal planning and gift-giving, the holidays can be taxing on your budget. We found a way to make your home guest-ready without having to spend too much. We will be teaching you how to make tissue paper flowers — an inexpensive yet thoroughly creative way to spruce up your home for the holidays.

Why Tissue Paper Flowers?

Tissue paper flowers are affordable, versatile, and easy to make. One other nice thing about it is that you can pick the colors you like when making your tissue paper flower bouquet. You can choose a classy, monochromatic palette or a bold and colorful one that stands out. You also get to pick the type of flower to craft — whether a rose, a dahlia or a hydrangea. By knowing the basics of how to make tissue paper flowers, the sky’s the limit when it comes to tapping your creativity.


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Making tissue paper flowers is not just a trendy crafts thing — it’s actually an ancient art that’s been around for centuries. Countries like China, Mexico, and England have been creating paper flowers for religious offerings or to show a woman’s social status in society. In modern times, paper flowers can be found in fashion shows, fancy store displays, and in wedding decorations.

Just like any creative pursuit, paper flower-making is an art form which requires close attention when it comes to execution. Learning how to make tissue paper flowers is just like learning how to design, paint or sculpt — the more you do it, the better you become at it.

What Do You Need to Make Tissue Paper Flowers?

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Making tissue paper flowers will only require you to have: tissue paper, pipe cleaners or flexible wire (or floral wire if you are discriminating), a pair of sharp scissors, and some adhesive. These materials are inexpensive and easy to look for. You can find them at a craft store or even at your neighborhood dollar store! That pretty much gives you an idea of how affordable it is to make tissue paper flowers.

Before starting your project, make sure you have enough tissue paper to work with. Usually, one piece of tissue paper makes one flower, but it is advisable to make flowers in multiples of three.

The rule of thumb is the more sheets you use, the more petals you make and the fluffier your paper flower gets. But take into consideration which type of flower you are making. For example, a dahlia would need more petals as opposed to a rose.

Part of learning how to make tissue paper flowers is by observing flowers — the various hues and colors, how the petals, stems, and leaves are arranged, etc. Paying attention to these little details will definitely help make your tissue paper flowers look realistic.

You may also need a vase to do your paper flower arrangement later on, but we’re pretty sure you have at least one handy in your house.

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Now, this is the fun part. If you are new to the art of paper flower-making, start with the basics. Fluffing is one of the basic things you need to learn to make your paper flowers look real. Choose among the following kinds of flowers below, or do them all and create a unique bouquet — it’s all up to your imagination and creativity.

Tissue Paper Dahlia

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The simplest paper flower (and possibly the best kind to learn with) is the dahlia. You don’t need to be realistic in choosing colors; the important thing is to do the entire process right. Here are the steps:

  • 1Stack and align a dozen sheets of tissue paper of the same size on top of one another. For a large paper flower, you may use the standard 13 by 20-inch sheet. You can either pick just one or several colors based on your color palette.
  • 2Fold stacked sheets into an accordion with each fold measuring about an inch. Remember to fold and crease in an alternating fashion to create an accordion. Creasing is just as crucial as folding because it will hold the shape of your petal.
  • 3Cut both ends of the accordion in a rounded shape with a pair of sharp scissors. Use scissors that are sharp enough that will cut through all the layers smoothly and effortlessly.
  • 4Cut an 18-inch piece of wire to use as the stem. After cutting the wire, fold it in half and then slip and twist at the center of the tissue paper accordion. Twist the wire around the center tightly for about 3-4 times then trim as needed. You can wrap the wire with green floral tape if desired.
  • 5Pull and spread each petal gently towards the center and arrange vertically. This action is called fluffing. Remember to leave a little space at the center of your tissue paper flower.

Tissue Paper Hydrangea

Tissue Paper Hydrangea

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A tissue paper hydrangea is a bit complex to make than a dahlia because you have to create a bundle of stems as well as several individual flowers to create its form. But don’t fret — it’s not as difficult as it seems. Just follow the steps below in making your bundle of joy.

  • 1Select several colors of tissue paper for your hydrangea. The usual colors are lavender, light blue, pink, or pale green. You can also add in some green ones for the leaves.
  • 2Cut your tissue paper into individual 2 x 2-inch squares. Make sure to have 120 of these squares for your hydrangea. Fold a square tissue paper in half, then fold again to form a quarter-inch square and then fold diagonally in half to form a triangle. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the triangle into a teardrop shape to create the petals.
  • 3For the base, cut 30 pieces of 6- to 8-inch wires for the stems. Bundle the stems to create the flower’s base and wrap with floral tape at the base until it gets to about 2 inches from the tip of your bundled stems.
  • 4Spread out the outer stems such that they are perpendicular to the bundle while leaving the inner ones evenly spread out. Bend the wires as similarly to the stems of a real hydrangea as possible.
  • 5 Place some hot glue on the tips of the wire stems then glue two petals in place. After gluing the petals, make a small loop at the end of the wire. Add more hot glue to the center then glue more petals to hide the loop and to achieve a fuller look. Make sure all the wires have petals attached to them. Put as many petals to cover up the wires as much as you can.
  • 6If you want leaves on your tissue paper hydrangeas, glue them at the base of the stem. After the glue has dried, fluff the petals but don’t separate them too much.

Tissue Paper Rose

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To make a tissue paper rose, you will also need glue or adhesive. Just like the hydrangea, it requires a bit of skill to make, but not too hard for you not to make the perfect rose. Follow these steps carefully:

  • 1Pick one or two colors of tissue paper. A one-color rose will need one sheet of tissue paper while a two-toned rose will need two sheets in different shades.
  • 2Cut tissue paper into a strip measuring 3.5 to 4 inches in width. This strip will be for the main petals if you are planning to use another shade for accent. If you’re using only one color, cut two strips with this same measurement.
  • 3Cut another 3.5 to 4-inch strip from the other shade of tissue paper. You will use this for accent.
  • 4Stack and fold both strips lengthwise in half. The accent color should be on top of the main strip.
  • 5Fold one end of the strip into one-inch squares into an accordion fashion (in alternating directions) until you reach the other end of the strip, and the whole thing becomes a one-inch folded accordion square.
  • 6 Cut the top edge of the folded accordion strip in a rounded shape using a sharp pair of scissors. The rounded edge gives the rose its petal shape.
  • 7Cut a piece of flexible or floral wire, about 6-8 inches long for the stem.
  • 8Using hot or craft glue, place some adhesive on the edge of the top petal of the strip. Glue the stem to the edge and make sure it’s secured.
  • 9Wrap the strip around the stem, first tightly and firmly to form the base, then gradually loosen as you go along to create the petal-like form of your paper rose. The wrapping should appear as though they are petals of a rose in bloom.
  • 10After you’re done wrapping the strip around the stem, secure the bottom with a strip of floral tape by winding it around the base several times then diagonally wrapping the stem below it. Wrap the stem in floral tape tightly to hold your rose bloom together.
  • 11After the bloom has been secured tightly, gently spread out the petals outwards to form a realistic-looking rose.


Learn these steps by heart, and you’ll soon be on your way to making adorable, colorful, and lovely tissue paper flower bouquets for your holiday parties. You can also experiment with colors, as well as fashioning other types of flowers by experimenting with the shapes of your petals. Learning how to make tissue paper flowers is not as difficult as it seems.

Tissue paper is cheap, so you don’t have to worry about making mistakes at the beginning. Knowing how to make tissue paper flowers requires a bit of practice. The important thing is to have fun while making them. You will eventually get the hang of it.

Before you know it, your friends and family will be asking you to make tissue paper flowers for any and every occasion! You will also probably end up teaching them how to make tissue paper flowers themselves.

Last update on 2023-02-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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