DIY Paper Flowers – How to Make Tissue Paper flowers

DIY Paper Flowers - How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers -

Today I have another crafty type blog post for you. A guide on how to make DIY paper flowers using tissue paper.

The past weekend I got creative and had a few projects on the go. This one is part of a bigger project, but tissue paper flowers are so versatile and can be used for various decorations.
I wasn’t sure whether another crafty type post would go down well, but I asked and you answered with a resounding yes! I want to say thank you to those that voted in my mini twitter poll and Instagram stories poll.

DIY Paper Flowers

So what are DIY paper flowers? Well, they are flowers made of paper basically. These ones are made of tissue paper, however, there are other varieties that are made out of thicker ‘normal’ paper. The basic idea is that they are moulded into the shape of a flower.

Pink tissue paper in the shape of a flower, close up shot

Now, I did a basic structure with the tissue paper, varying the sizes. I tried a few different ways of crafting these to create different petal shapes. I must admit some were more successful than others! There are much more intricate ways of creating the flowers, with this probably being one of the simpler methods. I think a lot of the flowers I made looked like carnations and peonies. I also tried to keep the flowers ‘on brand’ so chose white, pink and teal coloured tissue paper.

Tissue paper flowers, 1 white, 1 pink and 1 teal in colour

How to make DIY Paper Flowers:

To make these flowers, all you need is tissue paper and clear thread (you can use any thread but clear looks best). These flowers do not have a stem, but you can head to any craft store to find the green twine style stems to use instead of the clear thread. You may also need scissors to cut you tissue papper into different sizes.

White tissue paper flower on top of a sheet of teal tissue paper, and a pink tissue paper flower ontop of a white sheet of tissue paper. Cotton reel and scissors also in shot with a few more pink tissue paper flowers

Tissue paper:

As I have said above these flowers use tissue paper, and there is so much variety out there to buy. Now, it does depend on how many flowers you are making to the amount of tissue paper you need. Most of the flowers I made use 4 or 5 layers of tissue. I bought this pink colour*, teal colour*, and white colour* tissue paper for making my DIY paper flowers. They were no more than £5 each with delivery, and I have more than plenty left over for other crafts or gift wrapping.

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The tissue paper can be cut into varying sized rectangles. The larger the rectangle, the larger the flower, and the smaller the rectangle, the smaller the flower. It is that simple. Just to note, with the smaller rectangle it may become a little fiddly, so if you are doing this with little ones, or have problems with your hands it may be a little trickier. The fiddle is totally worth it though!

Large white, pink and teal tissue flowers displayed in cocktail glasses

Step 1 – Folding the Tissue Paper

So, you have cut your tissue paper into rectangles, now comes the fun part of folding. You want to concertina fold your paper, otherwise known as an accordion fold, or zig-zag fold. I would recommend folding at the thinner/smaller edge of the paper, as I found folding length ways did not make for very nice petals and were harder to mould into a flower. However, experiment and see which you prefer.

hands folding a length of tissue paper
Folded tissue paper in a long line
Several photos detailing the result of folding the tissue paper length ways for a diy paper flower

Step 2 – Tie in the middle

Now, you have folded it is time to grab your thread. Cut a decent length of the thread and tie this around the middle of your folded tissue paper. It is best to have enough thread to make the tying easier, as it is really fiddly and can be difficult if the thread is too short. Also, the clear thread can be a bit of a nightmare to tie sometimes. Once tied, cut off any of the loose ends so they are not too long.

Clear thread being tied arond the middle of the folded tissue paper to make diy paper flowers

Following doing this, you can snip the edges/end of your folded tissue paper to create a pattern, like rounding the edges or making them pointy. This will give your ‘petals’ a different shape. I didn’t do this and left my tissue, although next time I think I will experiment!

Pink tissue paper folded and tied in the middle resembling a bow.

Step 3 – Unfold

This is the fun part now, and the part I find the most relaxing. You can sort of go into autopilot mode with this, especially if you are making lots of DIY paper flowers. Anyway, gently pull your folded paper outwards, so that it looks a bit like a bow. You then want to select one edge, and one layer and bring this upwards and in towards the centre of the paper. Repeat this step but with the other side, repeating until you have no more layers left.
You should now have a tissue paper flower! From here you can leave it as it is, or fluff some more, whatever takes your fancy and preferred design.

Hands unfolding white tissue paper into the shape of a flower
DIY Paper Flowers - How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers -
DIY Paper Flowers - How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers -
DIY Paper Flowers - How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers -
Various coloured tissue paper flowers in cocktail glases with small lights

Don’t they look great? Simple and easy right? I love how they have turned out, simple but effective. These will be a perfect edition for any blog photos as props, or as general decorations around the home. I think they would look fab at a party or wedding too!

Have you made DIY paper flowers before? How did they turn out for you? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “DIY Paper Flowers – How to Make Tissue Paper flowers

    1. I’m glad you liked the post. So easy to do, and really relaxing too!
      I made these as part of a bigger project, so keep your eye out for that post!

      Thanks for commenting!
      Aimsy xoxo

    2. Glad you liked it…so easy to do! I found them quite therapeutic, and the results look great, don’t they?
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  1. This is such a cute DIY project! I’ll definitely do this instead of buying flowers for work potlucks next time. Thanks for sharing!

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

    1. You can do different petal shapes too. Perfect substitute to flowers too! Glad you liked and thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Simple but effective aren’t they? Great for blog photo props, and if they get ruined its so quick to make a new one, and I guess they are recyclable too!
      Aww thank you! (They are super easy though!)

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. Oh wow, these look so lovely! Perfect for a rainy afternoon activitiy, I think my daughter would love to do something like this, I’m bookmarking it for later. Thank you for the helpful step-by-step too 🙂

    Lisa x

    1. Glad you liked it. So simple but really effective! Definitely a perfect craft for a rainy day

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. They are perfect for a party decoration, aren’t they?! Totally versatile too, with being able to make them in different colours!
      Thanks for commenting

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Definitely impressed with how they turned out…especially with how simple they are! No need to be great at crafts with these, you can’t really go wrong!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. I love making paper flowers with this technique. I’ve used the paper flowers to decorate at parties. I get compliments on the DIY paper flowers.

    1. Oh, they would be lovely for mothers day wouldn’t they?! Especially making them into some form of a bouquet or something. They are very straight forward and easy to do. The string part can be fiddly but apart from that super easy!

      Aimsy xoxo

  4. I’ve never made tissue paper flowers, probably not since I was younger anyway, but in my recent post I did make origami flowers! It was very therapeutic ☺️ I think simple crafts are such a great way to take some time for yourself and chill out. These are so pretty, thanks for the tutorial!

    Beka |

    1. It is really therapeutic, isn’t it? Something really calming about simple paper crafts, although I think origami may take a bit more concentration! I will check out your post, would love to be able to do paper origami!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

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