Last updated on February 22nd, 2019 at 11:14 am
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.
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers Four Ways
If you’re looking for budget decor for weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been making tissue paper flowers since our wedding in 2013, and the 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.
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 about $4 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 here). Which was good, because I needed, like, 500 flowers.
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. My lovely mother watched HGTV and fluffed more than I can count. 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.
One tip: 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?
How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers:
Start with two sheets of tissue paper. Mine was purchased in bulk so it only has the center fold, but using regular tissue paper with more folds works too.
Fold the two sheets of tissue paper 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 opposite edge to make a triangle.
Trim off the extra rectangle of paper. Scissors work if you’re just making a few, but I really found my rotary cutter, ruler, and self-healing cutting mat were optimal for doing a lot of these.
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 “petals” of the flower. 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 a Tissue Paper Flower Four Ways:
I ended up cutting four different styles of flowers — here’s how I accomplished each look:
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.
If you have less time than money, you can always buy your paper flowers as well. Here are some great options if you’d prefer to buy them: