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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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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this craft hub, moonlake. I really appreciate your opinion.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love this idea. Great insturction easy to read. Voted Up

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Let me know if you run into any problems when you try these, urmilashukla23. I appreciate your comments, your vote, and your sharing this with you friends.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great idea! Definitely gonna try. Thanks for posting it. Bookmarked and shared with friends! Voted up and useful!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you found some inspiration in this crafts hub wonderingwooley! Best wishes to you as you try your hand at these paper creations.

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      wonderingwoolley 5 years ago from Madison, WI

      This is a really cute, crafty idea. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Wendy! I hope you and your daughter have a fun time together making some pretty paper posies. Thanks for taking time to read and comment on this craft article.

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      Wendy Finn 5 years ago from UK

      Used to make these when I was little, but I'm sure they never looked this good. Thanks for the reminder Donna - will get my little girl on these next week I think!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for weighing it with your comments, Jade. There's no better way to brighten up a rainy day than with a big, colorful bouquet of tissue paper flowers, is there?

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      Jade Coleman 5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Awww! This has taken me back to my kid years! I used to love doing this! They can be as colourful as you like!! Great Post!! :)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Please let me know if you have any problems or questions when you try your hand at these, ClayReeseDesigns:)

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      ClayReeseDesign 5 years ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      Wow, your Tissue Paper Flowers are really beautiful, I think I will give it try, you gave really good instructions.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Many thanks (a thousand times over) for the votes and bookmark, Eddy. Do let me know how your grandchildren liked making these tissue flowers if you get a break in your busy schedule. I always look forward to hearing from you and reading your hubs. Ciao!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      A girls night out sounds like lots of fun, Lori. Yes, these make incredibly cheap decorations and since they make up so quickly, your decorating is done in a flash. I've also used them as a simple craft in my early childhood education class. This seems to be project that transcends the age gap as everyone likes to make these. Thank you for your comments; I always appreciate it when folks take time out of their schedules to drop me a note.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I love this gemDonna and will try it out with my grandchildren. An up/useful/beautiful plus bookmark here.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Those are gorgeous, Donna. I love them. I'm planning a girls' night soon and this will work nicely and should be inexpensive, which I love.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your feedback after reading this hub Alissa. If you need to make your flowers up before the baby shower and you want them to last longer, my sister reminded me that you could substitute crepe paper for the tissue paper and then dip them in wax. Just a thought:)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed this fun hub on making tissue paper flowers, Cindy. It's always nice to have some simple crafts you can fall back on for rainy days or quiet moments. Thank you for taking a few minutes to let me know your thoughts.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Love this idea. I am always looking for ways to cut costs at parties (without looking like it!) Think I might try this at my friend's baby shower. Thanks for sharing this hub with us - voted up and awesome!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This is a great hub! And this would make a great decorating idea for lots of different types of parties. Beautiful and inexpensive. You can't beat that!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Ahh...I should have known my crafty sister would come to my rescue. I had forgotten about those crepe paper flowers they made. Thanks for the additional tip about the wire as well. I think Mom was here on a visit when we pulled off this surprise party for Lil, and the flowers were a big hit. She is still using the smaller bouquets to decorate:)

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      Mary Adams 5 years ago

      You can't dip these in wax if you make them out of tissue paper, but you can if you make them out of crepe paper. Don't know if you remember Mom and Grandma Mintie making crepe paper flowers and dipping them or not, but I sure do. (Showing my age, now!) Also, if chenille stems or pipe cleaners aren't available, fine gauge wire can be used to wrap the blossoms, and it's usually available at a hardware store if there's not a craft store in the area. Love your bouquet, it's gorgeous!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your kind words and for bookmarking this hub, acaetnna. I hope you enjoy making some of these simple flowers...please let me know how they work up for you.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for commenting, Simone, making these fluffy, beautiful flowers is really fun and rewarding, isn't it? I hope you will decide to take it up again as it is one of those crafts that gives you almost instant gratification because it can be completed so quickly.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Great ideas, I will bookmark this for future use. Thank you for sharing your article.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I used to make tissue paper flowers as a kid- it was one of my favorite activities! I should give it a go again. Thanks for the lovely Hub!

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for commenting, Daisy! I'm glad you liked this article on how to make tissue paper flowers. I hope you will give it a try to let me know how your flowers turned out.

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      daisy 5 years ago

      nice article

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this simple craft project, Shelly. I think tissue paper flowers have probably been around forever, but I guess that is because they are so easy to make and inexpensive. I'm glad you liked this; I'm moving some of my deleted content from another site that we won't mention to this one:)

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      Shelly McRae 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember doing these as a kid, or some form of it anyway. And my own kids did them at school for Mother's Day cards. They do make a nice centerpiece. Good hub, and thanks for sharing.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Good morning, always exploring! Thank you for the compliment on the flowers, I really appreciate it. I hope your sister enjoys the information, and I'm grateful that you chose to share it with her:)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Poetvix...I'm glad this craft project appeals to you, and I hope your students enjoy making these. I'm not sure about dipping the tissue paper in wax because it runs like crazy if you accidentally drip a little water on it, but please let me know how it turns out if you try it. Valentine's Day flowers sound awesome! I'll bet the recipients will love them:)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm not quite sure where but i've seen paper flowers before, they are beautiful. I have a Sister who loves doing craft projects. Maybe she will enjoy this article..Thank you for sharing...

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Oh I do like this! It's inexpensive and you get a product that looks good at the end. It's easy and well laid out with directions I think my class could follow. I know what our first art project will be when we go back to school tomorrow. I wonder if the finished flowers could be dipped in hot, clear wax to make them last longer. Thank you. I know my class will enjoy this. We are going to use red, white and pink for Valentine's Day flowers that we will then give away.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with making flowers from tissue paper kschimmel. I agree that snowy or rainy days go much faster when you have some simple craft projects like these in your parenting toolkit.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      My kids made these years ago. They are an easy, inexpensive and fun project whenever you need an indoor activity.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial on making tissue paper flowers, Tina! Do let me know if you need more tips or help when you make them:)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for explaining how to make these! I love to be creative and make something beautiful as this. Looks fun too:)

      Tina

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Hi LadyLyell and shame on me for not telling you where you could buy your supplies!

      If you live in an area where you can get to an art supplies store, the pipe cleaners and tissue paper are incredibly cheap, and that would save you money versus a kit. For instance, in my town USA, I can buy them both for $2 USD.

      However, it could be more economic to buy the kit if you don't have access to stores or if you need them delivered directly to your door.

      I'm afraid I'm showing my age (smile) with the term pipe cleaner as they are more popularly referred to these days as "chenille stems," but they are really the same. Chenille stems are fatter and I find them harder to twist and manipulate for fine work, but you can use either.

      In either case, I've revised the hub to give some tips on where I shop and added some links for buying the supplies if one chooses.

      Thanks for commenting and getting me back on track for providing my audience with the most complete information I can. Do let me know if you run into problems or if I can help you in anyway. If you have Skype, I can always do a one-on-one video call and show you how to make tissue paper flowers in a flash:)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Robin, I'm glad these tissue paper flowers evoked pleasant memories for you:)They are so easy to make that it is rather therapeutic, and it is nice to have a simple craft that you can "pull out of your hat" when you need them. Please let me know how you get on with these.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      I was totally excited to find your beautiful craft as my grandmother made paper flowers and I had forgotten how she did it.

      Aren't they just gorgeous!

      I will definitely be making these following your instructions. Pipe cleaner must be a thin wire so I will shop around for this, maybe the art shop will be the place to go.

      Would you suggest I rather buy a kit as advertised?

      So you know what I will be up to in the weeks to come!

      I'm happy!

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      Robin Kemp 5 years ago

      I haven't crafted with tissue paper in years. Your hub brought back fond memories. I will try my hand at making tissue paper flowers again. Awesome hub!

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