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How to make paper flower decorations for table or hanging

Updated on January 2, 2013

Table Decoration

Paper flowers in a vase with decorative sand and glass pebbles make a pretty lasting centrepiece for the table
Paper flowers in a vase with decorative sand and glass pebbles make a pretty lasting centrepiece for the table | Source

Paper Flower Decorations

Creating paper flowers is a simple and fun craft. The paper flowers can be used for table centrepieces, wall or ceiling hangings, seasonal decorations, wedding boquets, cake toppers - the only limit is your imagination.

For this craft you will need some good quality tissue paper, sharp scissors and pipe cleaners. To hang them use yarn, string or dental floss, place them in a vase or attach them to the wall with a push pin.

Layer tissue

Layer single colour or sheets of multi-coloured tissue
Layer single colour or sheets of multi-coloured tissue | Source

Step One

Select sheets of coloured tissue. Depending on the size of flowers you wish to make - use small, medium or large size rectangles and layer 8 sheets of the same or multiple colours together.

Flatten and lay as straight as possible so that edges are true to each other.

Begin to fold about 1 to 1.5 inches, accordian style, turning the tissue over for each fold.

Flatten tissue and begin to fold  accordian or fan style.  Make folds 1 to 1.5 wide
Flatten tissue and begin to fold accordian or fan style. Make folds 1 to 1.5 wide | Source
Turn over tissue and fold back
Turn over tissue and fold back | Source
continue folding. Find midway point. Trim ends into pointed or rounded edges or using fluted scissors.  Leaving the edges untrimmed is also optional.
continue folding. Find midway point. Trim ends into pointed or rounded edges or using fluted scissors. Leaving the edges untrimmed is also optional. | Source

Step Two

Using a pipe cleaner fold the pipe cleaner over mid way point and twist ends together. To create stamens (optional) depending on length and size of flower use whole or cut second pipe cleaner and pull through folded pipe cleaner, shape as desired.

Trim ends into points or cut rounded edges. The different trims will create a different flower effect when open. You can leave the edges untrimmed. The pictures here show the different effects.

Fold pipecleaner over at midway point and twist ends to hold in place
Fold pipecleaner over at midway point and twist ends to hold in place
To create stamen push second pipecleaner through top of folded pipecleaner
To create stamen push second pipecleaner through top of folded pipecleaner
shape stamens as desired
shape stamens as desired | Source

Step Three

Open the accordian or fan at both ends and carefully separate the layers of tisse.

Separate layers of tissue from each other.  This step requires patience so tissue doesn't tear.  Carefully separate tissue layers from each other.
Separate layers of tissue from each other. This step requires patience so tissue doesn't tear. Carefully separate tissue layers from each other. | Source
when all the layers are separate the flower is puffy.
when all the layers are separate the flower is puffy. | Source

Use Paper flowers for accents in home decor

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Table centrepiece with decorative sandPretty up a corner and a mirrorReflect the season and accent a wallContrast the flower with shiny surfaces
Table centrepiece with decorative sand
Table centrepiece with decorative sand | Source
Pretty up a corner and a mirror
Pretty up a corner and a mirror | Source
Reflect the season and accent a wall
Reflect the season and accent a wall | Source
Contrast the flower with shiny surfaces
Contrast the flower with shiny surfaces | Source

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks tammyswallow - I have started to use them as an accessory on wrapped gifts and the recipients love them:-)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are beautiful. There are so many uses for these beauties.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks Duffsmom have fun.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Wonderful ideas - can't wait to try them with my grandkidsQ

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks OM Paramapoonya and teaches 12345. I have had lots of compliments when people visit and see the way I am using them to accent and for table decorations. Enjoy making them.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Wow, so cute and pretty easy! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and photos. Rated way up! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Wow, these are so pretty. I have used tissue paper flowers to decorate for birthday parties but ours are much bigger and spread out. Voted up.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks greeneryday. Enjoy making them....love simple crafts.

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      They all look beautiful, I have never realized that we can make such an artworks from a few pieces of tissue papers, all we need are just the right guidance from the right person (which is you) to make this happen. Thank you, definitely will try this at home...