How to Make Paper Flowers

DIY paper flowers

1. Pick some pretty tissue paper, you will want 2 yellow sheets for the centre and 4-6 sheet for the petals depending on how full you want your flower. Lay the sheets of tissue in a pile as neatly as possible.
2. Fold all the sheets over at the same time, you can play with the size of the fold so get different effects but 5-6cm is a good start.
3. Now repeat this fold back the other way.
4. Continue with this accordion style folding until you have folded all the paper. At this point I like to run something hard like a ruler along the folds to make sure they stay.
5. Now you can unfold the tissue and separate the yellow pieces from the rest.
6. Fold the yellow tissue back up, it should go back together nice and easy thanks to that little ruler trick. Fold in half and trim to about half the size it was.
7. Now take a pair of scissors and make lots of long cuts in the yellow tissue.
8. This will now be your flowers centre.

how to make tissue paper flowers - perfect for spring

9. Now take the coloured tissue and fold it in half, cut the ends into whatever shape you would like your petals to be. The most important part here is to make sure you cut quite a long way down the sides as this will make it easier to form your flower.
10. Now you have your petals and your flowers centre. If you notice any petals that are a little too joined together due to how the paper is folded now is a good time to fix them up.
11. Unfold all your tissue paper again and lay the yellow tissue back in the centre.
12. Re-fold the tissue, this can be a little tricky, just try to get it back together as best you can as it doesn’t matter if it is a little messy.
13. Fold all the tissue in half.
14. Wrap a pipecleaner through the centre of the folded tissue paper and twist to secure.
15. Now start with one side and pull up the tissue whilst fluffing it up, separating each layer to create the centre of the flower.
16. Now do the same with the petal layers. You need to me very gentle so as not to rip the tissue paper.
17. Once you have finished once side its time to do the other side.
18. Ta-da, your pretty spring flower.

Have fun with different colour combinations and petal shapes. Another thing you can try is creating two petal sizes, so that your inner most petals are slightly shorter creating a more layered effect. Have fun with it and I would love to see your flower tissue flowers

211 thoughts on “How to Make Paper Flowers

  1. Beautiful, I’m going to make some flowers to share with my girlfriends now that spring has finally arrived. I’m sure they will brighten their days.
    Thank you for such an explicit tutorial.

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    • you sure could use them for any occasion just by changing the colours, they make very pretty and cheap decorations.

  3. Love these and your tutorial was so well presented, I managed to make one in about 10 minutes to decorate a birthday gift.
    Thank you

  4. Wonderful pictures and directions. The only thing I might add is on one side of your colors and your yellow center pieces add a pencil dot so you know which way to lay the yellow back on in step 11 to match up the right way without having to try several ways before finding the correct way.

  5. These are beautiful.. I think ill actually try and have my sunday school class make them for their mothers for mothers day!!

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  7. This was so much fun. I’ve made these before, but never with the fancy center. I had a hard time fluffing the center, but I’m happy with the end product. Thanks for the good tutorial.

  8. Great tutorial. I am now making over 200 flowers for my son and fiancé ‘s reception on June 1st. They are easy thanks to your detailed tutorial, and they really, really look good. Thanks so much.

  9. Wow. You make it look so simple. I love the addition of the yellow center. So clever. Will definitely be trying these!!
    Thanks so much.

  10. Thank you so very much for sharing. I will be using this for my Granddaughter’s birthday party as decorations / party favors for the girls and I will post the snakes I’m trying to make for the boys.

  11. Did these tonight for a Child Dedication and these are so pretty! Made two different sizes, layers, and all in shades of pink. The yellow tufts really gave it a punch and made a gorgeous difference from all the tissue paper flowers I have done in the past. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  12. Excelente! Hermoso trabajo, bellas flores. Muy buena explicación. Trabajo en tela. Vamos a ver si me quedan tan bellas en tela. Gracias

  13. These are gorgeous! It’s amazing you could make something with the same delicate beauty as real flowers. These would be a great addition to a bridal shower or birthday party! : )

  14. I just made one of these, the directions are easy to follow and the flower turned out super cute. I plan on using this tissue flower as a pretty tag for a wine bottle we’re bringing to a friend’s dinner party. I plan on feeding a ribbon through the twist tie in the back of the flower and tying the ribbon to the wine bottle. This adds a wonderful personal touch that the guests will surely appreciate.

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  18. I live new craft ideas that are economical and easy to do, but looks fabulous! You accomplished both. Thank you so much! Using for granddaughters 13th birthday party!!! Awesome girl!!!!

  19. I am so excited seeing how u make a paper flower with tissue paper and i am going to try it at school.pliz email me another ideas of making flowers with paper soon i will have an arts and culture exhibition and this will help a lot.

  20. These are just beautiful, I have been looking for ideas to apply to my Daughters up coming baby shower and these are it :) Thank you for sharing and making me a happy Mom :)

  21. Wonderful tutorial! I was looking through Pinterest for ideas for using tissue paper in covering a cone for a Christmas tree. This will work great with reds and greens in various sizes :)
    Thanks a bunch!

    • I recall making tissue paper flowers with a candy in the centre of each with my mum back when I was little. I tied them to a branch and then on christmas day each person got to take one.

  22. Hi, I’m Indonesian.. Thank you for sharing, what a very great idea. I am looking for something to make in front of class (we’re starting a chapter about the prosedure text now, that’s why we have to demonstrate how to make something) and you help me a lot. I hope I can make it as well as you, haha :D Sorry for the lame english by the way..

  23. Beautiful for Proms, Luau’s, Spring Flings, Mothers Day, any kind of table deco., so many ideas filling my head. LTC

  24. What fun and so beautiful … years ago, I made a lot of flowers somewhat similar to these but using silk… do you think that would work with these? Do you have any tutorials for silk flowers?

  25. Oh wow, so pretty and easy to make. I am going to introduce it to my residents at my facility, especially in the dementia unit. So colorful and pretty.

  26. Oh wow, so pretty and easy to make. I am going to introduce it to my residents at my facility, especially in the dementia unit. So colorful and pretty for spring and easter activities.

  27. I will be using these flowers as decorations for my April birthday and Easter celebrations. Simply adorable. The residents will love to see their crafts displayed in this way.

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