How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Paper flower

The Spruce / Caylin Harris

Project Overview
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 flower
  • Skill Level: Beginner

No green thumb? No problem with this beautiful project. You could get away with making these tissue paper flowers at practically no cost. You can even print out your own tissue paper prints for custom blooms. They make bold and colorful centerpieces for parties, additions to tablescapes, or pretty photo backdrops. Make your own bright blooms with just a few simple materials plus plenty of patience. Flowers like these are a beautiful way to decorate a wreath and can even serve as DIY party decor.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors
  • Floral wire


  • 2 sheets Different colored tissue paper
  • 1 sheet Colored tissue paper for the flower's center


  1. Make Accordion Folds

    Fold each sheet of tissue paper in half the long way. Make accordion folds of about an inch wide on each sheet until you're left with a stack of folds.

    diy tissue paper flower tissue paper folding
    The Spruce / Caylin Harris
  2. Cut the Middle Down to Size

    Each tissue paper color will take on a different shape and size.

    1. Start with the color you'll use as the center of the flower.
    2. Cut down the accordion folded strip by half or a little more so that it's the shortest of the three colors.
    3. Cut tiny strips into the top of the tissue paper only on one side, almost like you are making fringe.
    diy tissue paper flowers
    The Spruce / Caylin Harris
  3. Cut Down Petals

    Move on to the petals, which also have accordion folds.

    1. Cut down the middle petals, but make them a little longer than the center sheet that you just cut down.
    2. Keep the outer petals a little longer than the middle sheet of petals you just cut down. (You may not need to cut the outer petals down.)
    3. As you cut the middle and outer sheets of petals down to size, round one end of the accordion folded edges using your scissors.
    diy tissue paper flowers
    The Spruce / Caylin Harris
  4. Layer the Cut Tissue Paper

    1. Unfold all of the sheets of tissue paper and layer them one on top of the other. (The center color should be on top of the layer.)
    2. Accordion fold the entire layer of tissue pieces so you end up with one long, thin section when you're done.

    Making Creases

    Don't worry if the creases from the previous fold don't match up perfectly. Just do the best you can to match them. It won't matter when the flower is finished.

    diy tissue paper flowers
    The Spruce / Caylin Harris
  5. Twist the Wire Around the Middle

    1. Fold the entire accordion folded and layered stack of tissue paper in half.
    2. Secure it using a piece of floral wire.
    3. Twist the wire until it's tight all the way to the end. Now you have the center of the flower.
    4. Cut away any excess wire. (If you have any excess wire, why not make a floral crown?)

    Tighten It Up

    Make sure that the top loop of the wire next to the middle of the flower is twisted very tight, since it's what keeps all the layers together.

    diy tissue paper flowers
    The Spruce / Caylin Harris
  6. Arrange the Petals

    You may be a little concerned that your flower is not looking very floral, but don't worry, you're not done yet!

    1. Start by spreading out the outer petals.
    2. Spread the middle petals by shaping and rounding the tissue paper with your fingers.
    3. Gently separate the fragile fringe on the center of the flowers to form the middle.

    Treat With TLC

    Be very gentle, patient, and careful when opening up the petals. The thin paper is fragile.

    diy tissue paper flowers
    The Spruce / Caylin Harris