Tissue paper flowers make a gorgeous event decor with a big impact—think weddings, baby showers, bridal showers and more! Learn how to make easy tissue paper flowers, as well as different methods for cutting the petals to create four unique styles.
DIY Tissue Paper Flowers
If you’re looking for budget decor for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers, you’ve come to the right place! These flowers also make amazing photo backdrops—you could even make small flowers for a handheld bouquet!
I’ve been making tissue paper flowers since our wedding in 2013, and they are still my go-to budget party decor. This post will teach you not only how to make tissue paper flowers quickly and easily, but you’ll also learn four different ways to cut the petals to get different looks to your flowers.
You can watch my video tutorial here, or read on for written instructions!
How did I come to love tissue paper flowers so much? Our budget was a little lopsided for our wedding. We knew we wanted great food and a fantastic photographer—which left approximately no dollars for table decorations. I’d thought about making fabric flowers for the centerpieces, but then I realized that fabric ain’t cheap either.
A while back, I bought some paper pompoms to decorate my friend’s daughter’s birthday party. I realized they are not at all hard to make, so I decided that “rivers of flowers” would decorate the centers of our long 8′ tables. I was able to get a good price on the paper through a wholesaler (learn more about buying tissue paper in bulk). Which was good, because I needed, like, 500 flowers in two different sizes.
While it seemed kind of crazy to make 500 tissue paper flowers, it actually wasn’t too difficult. I had the help of many of my family and friends, who came over and helped me fluff all the flowers. They turned out beautifully and I got so many compliments on the decor at the wedding. A bunch of friends took them home after the big day to use at other parties they were throwing.
Important: make sure your tissue paper flowers are all fluffed before your event! There will be way too many to fluff the day of, and it will just stress you out. I basically had a giant box with a variety of flowers in each for each table. That way my coordinator and her team could just open each box and pop the already-fluffed paper flowers on the table.
Want to make some of your own? Here’s a tutorial on how to make tissue paper flowers!
What Supplies Do I Need for Tissue Paper Flowers?
It doesn’t take much to make these flowers! All you need is:
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers:
Start with two large sheets of tissue paper. I bought bulk tissue paper so it only has the center fold, but using regular tissue paper with more folds works too.
Fold the two tissue paper sheets in half.
Then, fold in half again.
Find the corner with all of the separate pieces of paper (not one with a fold). Take this corner and fold it to the bottom edge to make a triangle.
When you open up the triangle to make a square, you’ll notice that some edges still have a fold. Trim off that edge using a rotary cutter, or slip the scissors into the fold and cut to separate all the pieces of paper. Basically, you want eight individual squares.
Fold the paper, accordion style. I usually ended up with six or seven folds.
Staple the accordion in the center.
Trim each edge to create the “flower petals.” See below to find other ways of cutting the ends of each flower to create a different look.
Carefully start to separate the layers of the flower. Pull from the inside of each layer, as opposed to out on each edge. This will help keep the flowers from tearing. To be honest, we ripped a lot of petals but there are so many on each flower that it wasn’t noticeable. Keep fluffing the layers until you have half the flower.
And then fluff the other side! Voila! You’ve made a paper flower!
How to Make Small Tissue Paper Flowers
If you want to make smaller paper flowers, cut down the size of your squares. Then use this guide to know how many sheets of tissue paper to use:
- 12″ wide and up — 8 layers
- 8″ – 11″ — 6 layers
- 4″ – 7″ — 5 layers
- Smaller than 4″ — 4 layers
How to Make a Tissue Paper Flower Four Ways:
I ended up cutting four different styles of flowers — here’s how I accomplished each look:
- Cutting a rounded petal
- Cutting fringe
- Cutting a pointed petal
- Cutting an inverted rounded petal
Pretty fabulous and not so difficult! Perfect for the bride (or bridal or baby shower planner!) who wants to save a bit of money but still make an impact. Ever since the wedding, this paper flower DIY has been my go-to for almost any party I’m throwing.
I also have a handful of tutorials for other types of tissue paper flowers using different colors. Check out these paper flower tutorials:
- How to Make Tissue Paper Peonies
- How to Make Tissue Paper Sunflowers
- Tri-Color Tissue Paper Flowers
- Remembrance Tissue Paper Poppy
If you have less time than money, you can always buy your paper flowers as well. I have a whole post of The Best Places to Buy Tissue Paper Flowers.