How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

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This is a tissue paper flowers craft project that is so simple, it can easily be done by children 6 years and up.

You and they will love it, as each flower takes only minutes to produce and looks stunning!

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

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Craft Supplies Needed

Besides some scissors, Scotts tape and some recycled twist ties, you’ll need:
1/ Crepe paper or tissue paper. The online bargain for quality tissue paper to suit this project can be found here.


Where to Buy Your Materials for Tissue Paper Flowers

How to make tissue paper flowers without the proper materials?! Right. You need new or recycled tissue paper kind of like this:


Whenever I can, I’d like to give you a couple of good references for suitable craft materials (in one or more online crafts stores). I usually do a bit of research for this, as you know. So, let me recommend you this one: The online bargain for quality tissue paper to suit this project is this Dmd Tissue Value Packs 20 x 26 Inch 100/Package.

This is a pack of assorted colors, which are beautiful colors, rather than your run-of-the-mill boring basics. The papers are evaluated as very high quality. Note that they are generous sized papers compared to other packages out there. Larger paper means a better value for money, but also greater crafts versatility. Besides being good for a range of crafts, this paper is what you’ll need to make tissue paper flowers.

2/ Colorful Pipecleaners.

Click links or image to investigate and order.

Uses for Tissue Paper Flowers (also called Crepe Paper Flowers)

* As a bouquet or single flower
* To decorate a room for a party
* To give away as a Valentine
* To embellish a present
* As a Spring classroom project

* Attach them to child’s dress-up outfit, or tie the pipe cleaner ends on a pony tail.
* As a garland for a little girl’s room
* To decorate a dining room table
* For mother’s day (in red, pink, orange & white)
* For father’s day (in blue & green)
* As a prop for a school play (which is why I am making them), and
* I am sure you can think of other applications also.

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Craft Project Instructions

1. Cut 3-4 pieces of crepe paper or tissue paper of 14×16 cm approx (rough is ok)
2. Pile the tissue paper, smallest on top
3. Fold the pile of tissue paper like an accordion using narrow folds
4. Use a tie-twist or a pipe cleaner to tie around the middle of the paper
(now it looks like a bowtie)
5. Fold the bow tie in half by pulling the ends of the crepe paper towards each other
6. Gently separate each sheet of crepe paper
7. Give a good squeeze at the bottom of the flower and shape it with your hand.
Your beautiful flower has emerged.


Where to Buy Tissue Paper



Whenever I can, I’d like to give you a couple of good references for suitable craft materials (in one or more online crafts stores). I usually do a bit of research for this, as you know. So, let me recommend you this one: The online bargain for quality tissue paper to suit this project is this.

This is a pack of assorted colors, which are beautiful colors, rather than your run-of-the-mill boring basics. The papers are evaluated as very high quality. Note that they are generous sized papers compared to other packages out there. Larger paper means a better value for money, but also greater crafts versatility. Besides being good for a range of crafts, this paper is what you’ll need to make tissue paper flowers.

Tips for Successful Crepe Paper Flowers

1. For the flower center, I prefer tie-twists rather than rag pipe cleaners as that make for an easier-to-fold bow tie. It’s also more ‘environmentalist’ to reuse old twists. (I use ragpipe cleaners as flower stems.)
2. If you separate the sheets all the way back to the fold, you get a nicer flower
3. Use your hand to round out the shape at the end. Crepe paper is easily molded.
4. I find that the folds should not be too large to get the best looking flower – aim for 0.5 – 1 cm wide
5. A roll of crepe paper is usually 50 cm wide, fitting 3 pieces of 16 cm.
So, cut your strip of crepe paper14 cm wide.

Or, click here for ideas for flower variations as well as more advanced paper flower instructions.

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Alternative Crepe Paper Flower Creations

* Make multicolored ones by placing a 4th contrast color piece on top of your pile for the center. (tip: make this paper size 2/3 of the other pieces for a more natural flower look)
* Play around with 3 tones of colors, adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
* Sculpt the left & right edges of the paper pieces, particularly suitable for the tissue paper ones. This gives a little more sophisticated look.
* You can make them with or without stems. If you don’t use a stem, use green pipe cleaner for a finished look.

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* You can cover a pencil in green paper and attach the flower at the top, for a really cool pencil for you. Or, if you buy dad a new fountain pen for Father’s Day, this would make a really beautiful presentation.

* You can attach them to a larger tree branch, and make a flowering ‘tree’. See the last picture in the tutorial. If you click on the image, it shows you a larger version.

* Make a jeweled garland and space out the crepe paper flowers and the tissue paper leaves. See picture above on the left.

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Comments

  1. That is a really good idea for paper flowers! Thx! I’ll be sure to try it!

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  2. Fine Craft Guild says:

    Thanks Maddie.

    I wrote it all out so you could start your experimentation with flowers where I left off
    and build upon it.

    I now dream about flowers, and actually will have a real intricate coming up. It looked fabulous in my dreams… ha ha… And I think it is going to be easy to make also…

    Let me play around with it, and for sure, do check back on this blog from time to time, if you are interested in all things arty and crafty

  3. Flower Guru, adaisyaday.com says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! My kids loved this activity – it kept them busy all day. Not only that, we now have beautiful flowers to decorate our house with.

  4. Fine Craft Guild says:

    Oh well, a daisy a day, that is fast. The article is only been published for a day. I would love to see other creations, particularly those that kids come up with!

  5. I remember making these flowers with my mother as a little girl. I recall one year where we made one after the other after the other to decorate for a dance my mom was planning. :)

  6. Fine Craft Guild says:

    Thanks, Rose, for your story.

    Yes, it is amazing how many wonderful childhood stories are emerging as a result of this post. I just received another one by email. It is quite delightful, to say the least.

    Anyhow, I hope that with this tutorial, many more kids (and their moms) will get to have the pleasure of flower making!

  7. Beutiful flowers, like real!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Abi, homesteadblogger.com/teaching4him says:

    Those are ever so neat. Thanks for posting to the carnival. Abi

  9. Aloha! Thank you for this great tutorial. Your article has been posted to our carnival.

  10. I love this idea! I’m creating an altered textbook and am most definitely going to try this with thicker textbook paper. If it doesn’t work out I’m not sure what to do, any ideas?

  11. Sure, I have some ideas…

    the challenge with thicker textbook paper is that it will be very thick in the center which will make the flowers harder to fold over and which will also leave greater gaps next to the fold. But, there’s nothing that can’t be hidden with a little fluffy something in the center, such as a bit of yarn, or some light tissue paper doodles that are tucked in there and attached somehow.

    Also see my recent article on paper flowers that offers all kinds of variations on the basic paper flower method that this article here demonstrates.

    Personally I would experiment with combining this thicker textbook paper with thinner tissue papers for the center. As well, I would experiment with ‘shaping’ the rectangles so that there will be less paper to fold in the center.

    I like the idea of using text books, so be sure to send in some photos and if appropriate, we’ll post them !

    Good luck and thank you for the compliment.
    Rose
    http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

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