Make These Paper Flowers for Less Than $20

While fresh-cut flowers bring beauty to any room or special occasion, they may not always be available or within our budget. Why not try your own handcrafted DIYtissue paper blossoms? With just a few inexpensive supplies, you can create your own beautiful blooms to enjoy all year long at a fraction of the cost.

DIY tissue paper flowers

With just a few inexpensive supplies, you can enjoy beautiful blooms all year long with DIY tissue paper flowers.

Tissue paper flowers are quick and easy to create. Mix and match colors, try different paper sizes, or vary the petal shapes. The possibilities are endless! Follow this tissue paper flower tutorial to get started, then experiment with all kinds of variations.

Supplies for tissue paper flowers

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Various colors of tissue paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Florist wire or pipe cleaner, approximately 12″ long

Flower 1: The Basic Bloom

Step 1:

Cut five sheets of tissue paper to 7″ x 12″ and stack with all ends even.

Cut 5 sheets of tissue paper to 7" x 12"

Step 2:

With the short end facing you, begin to fold stack in an accordion-style using 1″ folds. If desired, use a kraft stick or your fingers to smooth the folds and create crisp edges.

Fold stack accordion or fan style

Step 3:

Round each end with scissors. The depth of the cuts on each side will determine the depth of the petal edges. Keep in mind that deeper cuts on each side of the left and right ends create more fragile petals, so more care will be required in Step 5 when separating the layers of tissue.

Round each end with scissors

Step 4:

Wrap one end of florist wire around the middle of the tissue paper stack. Twist together on one side to secure.

Note: If you are using two colors of tissue paper and want a specific color to appear in the center once the flower is open, that color should be facing up and folded inside.

Adhere floral wire to center

Step 5:

Unfold one side and gently pull up the first layer of tissue paper. I found it helpful to only partially lift the layer all the way across, then go back to lift more.

Slowly pull apart layers, one at a time

Step 6:

Continue to pull up each layer until flower is formed. At this point, florist tape may be used to cover the wire, if desired.

Continue separating layers until complete

To create a smaller flower, cut four sheets to 5″ x 9″ and follow Steps 1 through 6 above.

Small-and-large flower samples

Flower 2: The Daisy

To create a daisy or sunflower bloom, cut the edges to a point and add black to the tissue stack.

Completed tissue paper daisy

Step 1:

Cut five sheets of yellow and two sheets of black tissue paper to 7″ x 12″. Stack, placing yellow sheets on the bottom and black on the top. Align all edges.

Cut 5 yellow and 2 black papers to 7" x 12"

Step 2:

With short end facing you, fold accordion style using 1″ folds. Once folded, cut each end to a point.

Accordion fold and trim ends to a point

Step 3:

With the inside color (black) facing up, wrap florist wire around center of folded stack and twist to one side to secure.

Adhere floral wire to center

Step 4:

Beginning with black (inside color), slowly and carefully pull tissue up toward center, one layer at a time (a). With the deeper edge cuts, the paper will be quite fragile so pull gently. Once all layers are separated, gently pull the black petals together and away from the yellow petals (b). With scissors, trim black tissue to desired length (c). Carefully pull yellow petals back toward center to complete the flower (d).

Separate layers, trim black and reshape flower

Flower 3: Pompom

Create a fringed flower or pompom by simply changing the cuts on the accordion folded stack.

Fringed (or pom pom) flower sample

Follow all steps as completed for Flower 1 but cut ends into a fringe as shown below.

Accordion folded stack with fringe cut ends
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One Response to “Make These Paper Flowers for Less Than $20”
  1. Marilyn Felderhof
    Marilyn Felderhof

    wonderful ! can use for decorating a hat for spring horse-racing carnival!!