How to Make Paper Tissue Flowers

Feb 01, 12 How to Make Paper Tissue Flowers

Now that Pinky is 2 years old, I’ve been thinking of some fun craft projects we could do together. Recently, we all got sick. While on my trip to pick up some medicine at Target, I couldn’t resist going through the Dollar Section! Who’s with me? I found a pack of festive Valentine’s Day tissue paper and pink and red pipe cleaners. I immediately thought, paper flowers!

I was so excited to get home and make them. Pinky, not so much. But when they were done, she loved them. I was able to make over a dozen flowers with the one pack of tissue paper I bought. We had so many, we gave a few to Grandma for her birthday and used some to decorate our home.

Making paper flowers is a fun activity for parents and kids who are probably about 5 and up. We highly recommend this project because…

  1. They are super easy and fun to make
  2. They will last longer than real flowers
  3. They make perfect gifts
  4. Perfect for any holiday, in this case Valentine’s Day!
  5. They don’t cost a lot of money to make – this project only cost me $2!

I was so excited about paper flowers that I had to share with you how to make them. Let’s get crafty!

All you need is:

  • Colorful Tissue Paper
  • Pipe Cleaners (green or you can color coordinate with any theme)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  • Measure and cut tissue paper in 6×9 rectangles – if you’re child is not old enough for scissors you can cut for them – they don’t have to be perfect
  • Fold Pipe Cleaners in half

Step 1: Layer several pieces of tissue paper together. I found 6 sheets were enough to make a good size, full flower. Begin a fan fold making sure to keep all pieces together. To create a fan fold, simply fold the tissue about a half an inch one way, flip the paper and fold again, back and forth until it is done.

Step 2: Take a pipe cleaner (already folded in half) and wrap it around the center of your folded tissue paper and secure with a twist or two!

Step 3: Use your scisors to cut the edges. I rounded the corners, but you can create a more edgy look by cutting straight angles.

Step 4: Open your fan and carefully start to separate each tissue paper from one another, lifting them up and shaping them to your liking.

Tip: Be careful not to pull too hard or you will tear the tissue. If you need some moisture, a lick of the finger will do!

Your flower should looks something like this in the end – beautiful and bountiful!

Put them all together and you have an amazing masterpiece that didn’t take a lot of time to make, and didn’t cost you a lot of money.

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