Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

Alissa from 33 Shades of Green is here to share how to make a lovely tissue paper flower, which is a perfect way to top off a gift!

If your gift will be transported, you can leave them flat while you travel and puff them up when you get to Grandma’s House.

Take it away Alissa! Learn how to make a Tissue Paper Flower after the jump…

How to Make A Tissue Paper Flower

In my last post I showed my readers the wedding gift I bought for my friend’s wedding last weekend.  Here’s how I wrapped it up.

I like using plain, brown kraft paper to wrap presents. It’s inexpensive, heavy-duty, and easy to find. You will find it in the mailing supply section of Target or any office supply store. Best of all, the kraft paper is the perfect base for dressing up to match any occasion.
After the present was wrapped, I decided to make a tissue paper flower for the top. My friend’s wedding color was plum. I couldn’t find any plum tissue, so I ended up using purple.

1. First you will need to determine how large you want your flower to be.  I decided to use 8″ squares. The number of layers you use will determine how full your flower is. I used 12 layers.

2. I wanted a white center for my flower. I cut two layers of tissue paper a bit smaller than the purple tissue and scalloped the edges.

3. Accordion fold all layers of tissue together.

4. Wrap a wire around the center of the tissue to hold all the layers in place.  Twist a few times to secure.

5. Hold the ends together and use scissors to scallop the ends. You could also cut a point at the ends for a different look.

6. Starting at the inside, peel back each layer of tissue until your flower is complete. Sorry – I didn’t take any pictures of this part!

That’s it! Simple and easy and it will definitely stand out among all that silver and gold wedding paper, don’t you think?

Thank you Alissa!
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Where were you last week?!?! Oh well to late now I am not re-doing the ones I just made. But next time…


I saw a similar paper flower tut when I was trying to figure out what to do for my wedding centerpieces a couple of years ago. I had already decided I didn't want to spend money on REAL flowers that would just die. SO, I made about 60-100 of these! Hand-dyed white paper towels with food coloring and went to town! They came out LOVELY! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25088172@N05/3569278159/in/set-72157617864017460/) I've also used the extras to top presents as you've done here! They look so much nicer than regular bows 😉


What great ideas! 40 years ago, at my wedding, we made lots of pink tissue paper flowers to use as decorations on the front of the wedding party table along with twisted pink tissue paper to form swags. But yours are so much more realistic than mine were, What a beautiful idea for use almost everywhere. I just attended a graduation party where they make different types of tissue paper flowers and put them in jars with curling ribbon on the bottom of the jars, all in the school colors. They tied ribbon around the top of the jars in a bow. Real flowers are just too expensive, even candles, so this is more economical. Everyone needs to save money. Afterwards , they can be donated to a church for a dinner, or a nursing home -high shelf, grandma’s house, etc.


Great idea, my pharmacy sells individual pieces of tissue paper in many colors. What is the easiest way to cut it into 8″ squares? Maybe you could cut the ends of the ribbon into curves to look like leaves too!

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[…] tissue paper and wire or pipe cleaners.  There are plenty of tutorials if you search on google.  Here’s a good one.  You can use any color combination you like.  The flowers are great to decorate rooms […]

Martha Lofton

I love this flower and hope I can make one just as lovely as yours.
Martha Lofton


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