How to Make Paper Flowers


Tissue Roses
Create accordian-like folds in the tissue.
Create accordian-like folds in the tissue.

This paper craft will bloom before your eyes! People love getting flowers, but they hate seeing the delicate petals fade and fall. These lovely tissue paper flowers never wilt, and they're easy to make.

What You'll Need:

  • Tissues
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape (optional)
  • Floral perfume (optional)

Step 1: Take a single tissue (the kind you wipe your nose with), and spread it out flat in front of you. The long sides of the tissue should be on the top and bottom, the short sides on the right and left.

Step 2: Fold about 1/2 inch of the bottom of the tissue up. Then fan-fold the next 1/2 inch to the back. Keep fan-folding the tissue until it is completely folded.

Step 3: Once you have the tissue folded into what looks like a long strip, fold it again, this time matching the short ends to each other -- it will have a single bend in the center.

Bind the tissue with wire in the center.
Bind the tissue with wire in the center.

Step 4: Take a 12-inch piece of wire and tightly bind the center of the strip.

Step 5: Cut the folded end. Begin to peel the layers of tissue, opening the flower to form a fluffy, round blossom.

Cut at the fold of the tissue.
Cut at the fold of the tissue.

Step 6: Wrap the very bottom of the flower (where the wire holds the tissue) and the wire with floral tape. Very lightly mist the flower with perfume.

Freshen your flower with your favorite scent.
Freshen your flower with your favorite scent.

Enjoy this flower -- with proper care it will last a long, long time.

After a couple of large flowers, learn how to make several more tiny flowers. Find out how on the next page.