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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers To Create a Stunning Centerpiece

Updated on April 26, 2017

You're Ready to Decorate!

We used this finished centerpiece to decorate the buffet table at a surprise party for my mother-in-law, Lil. We also painted empty soup cans blue and placed miniature tissue flower arrangements in them.
We used this finished centerpiece to decorate the buffet table at a surprise party for my mother-in-law, Lil. We also painted empty soup cans blue and placed miniature tissue flower arrangements in them. | Source

Making tissue paper flowers is an easy craft project for crafters of any age so let's talk about how to make tissue paper flowers for a centerpiece.

This everlasting centerpiece is the perfect decoration for birthday parties, baby showers, luncheons, wedding showers, or any type of festive celebration.

Essentials Checklist

Check the local discount stores for bargains on these supplies, and be sure to check the recycling bin for items like the box and newspaper.

I buy my art supplies at one of those stores that prices everything at a dollar like Dollar Tree or A.C. Moore because they offer a weekly 40 to 50% discount coupon.

However, if you live outside the United States, you may need to shop online for your craft supplies to find the best selection.

  • Rectangle shape cardboard box measuring approximately 7 ½ x 14 ½ inches
  • Tissue paper in assorted colors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pinking Shears
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Newspaper
  • Paintbrush

Cover your work surface with the newspapers and paint the outside of the box with the acrylic paint. If there is a lot of printing or other designs on the box, it may take several coats of paint cover it completely. Let it dry for several hours or overnight.

Get Your Tissue Paper Ready to Fold & Cut

You can make giant flowers by cutting the paper stack into halves instead of quarters. To make smaller flowers, cut the stacks in halves or quarters again.
You can make giant flowers by cutting the paper stack into halves instead of quarters. To make smaller flowers, cut the stacks in halves or quarters again. | Source

Instructions to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Choose ten (10) colors of tissue paper and stack them neatly one on top of the other. Colors can be complimentary or contrasting depending on the overall color scheme of any other decorations.

In the example, the box is painted a medium blue, and the flowers are crafted from red, white, blues, yellows, and other vivid shades of tissue paper.

Fold the paper in half horizontally and cut into two pieces. Fold the two pieces in half and cut. You now have four groups of ten pieces of tissue papers.

Set three of the groups aside and work with the fourth group. For larger flowers, just omit the second folding and cutting and use the larger sheets of tissue paper and for miniature flowers, fold and cut the paper stack one more time.

Cutting the Tissue Paper Edges

Snip the edges of the folded tissue paper diagonally or use pinking shears to create a jagged effect.
Snip the edges of the folded tissue paper diagonally or use pinking shears to create a jagged effect. | Source

Folding the Paper for Tissue Paper Flowers

1. Stack the tissue paper neatly, but do not stress about getting the sides exactly even.

Real flowers are not perfectly symmetrical, and any irregularity in the edges adds to the uniqueness and beauty of the finished tissue paper flowers.

2. Start at the bottom edge of the paper and fold the tissue paper up and over like a fan or accordion.

When the paper is completely folded, wrap a pipe cleaner tightly around the center of the paper to form the stem of the flower.

3. Use the pinking shears to snip each end of the tissue paper fan into a “V” shape; pinking shears give a realistic-looking jagged edge to the flowers.

These tissue paper flowers look like chrysanthemums when completed.

To create other types of flowers, cut the ends of the paper into scallops, or simply leave them uncut.


Fluffing and Shaping Your Tissue Paper Flower

Pull gently and shape the individual pieces of tissue paper to form a fluffy, rounded flower shape.
Pull gently and shape the individual pieces of tissue paper to form a fluffy, rounded flower shape. | Source

Shaping the Flowers for Your Centerpiece

1. Start from the inside core of the tissue paper flower and gently pull, separate, and fluff up each individual section of the tissue paper.

2. Work from left to right, pulling and fluffing the sheets of tissue paper to form a flower shape.

3. Don't worry if the tissue paper tears because this just adds to the charm and originality of the creation.

4. When all the sections of tissue paper have been pulled up, take the pinking shears and make several vertical cuts into the tissue paper flower petals at random intervals.

5. Next, hold the flower by the pipe cleaner stem and trim the edges of the tissue paper to shape and form the flower.

6. Shake the flower briskly to fluff out the edges.

7. It doesn't have to be a perfect shape as the more irregular the shape, the more realistic the flower.

Your Flower Is Ready to Add to Your Centerpiece

When you have the tissue paper fanned out into a pleasing shape, use the scissors (if necessary) to give it a more rounded shape. However, keep in mind these are your creations, not mine, and if you like the shape the way it is, just leave it.
When you have the tissue paper fanned out into a pleasing shape, use the scissors (if necessary) to give it a more rounded shape. However, keep in mind these are your creations, not mine, and if you like the shape the way it is, just leave it. | Source

Completing the Centerpiece With Finishing Touches

Crumple several sheets of newspaper and place them in the bottom of the box.

As you finish each flower, arrange it in the box. Keep making tissue paper flowers until the box is full and the centerpiece is arranged to suit.

By following these instructions, even a child can learn how to make tissue paper flowers for a centerpiece.

This makes an inexpensive but colorful party decoration, and as a bonus, it develops fine motor skills for kids while providing excellent therapy for elderly people with arthritis and other motor disabilities.

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