Craft Cottage - Fluffy Tissue Paper Flowers

Skill Level:

Beginner

Crafting Time:

1-3 hours

Technique(s):

Paper Folding

Material(s):

Paper

Category:

Floral Crafts

Tag(s):

Nifty & Thrifty

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Fluffy Tissue Paper Flowers

This is a pretty but inexpensive table centerpiece that can easily be adjusted by simply changing the color of your tissue paper. Use red and white for a classic Christmas centerpiece, or stick with all white for a wintery look. If you have made flowers like these before, you may notice that our directions are slightly different than the traditional method. We have found that our method described below for fluffing the tissue paper produces prettier and fuller flowers.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Tissue paper
  • Coated floral wire*
  • Ruler
  • Pen/pencil
  • Scissors

*You can also wrap wire yourself with floral tape.

Directions:

  1. Stack 5 sheets of red and 1 sheet of green tissue paper. Lay on a flat surface.
  2. Using a ruler, measure an area that is 5" wide by 12" long.
  3. Cut out tissue.
  4. Accordion-fold the tissue in 1" increments.
  5. Cut the ends of folded tissue to a rounded point.
  6. Separate each sheet of tissue paper from the stack.
  7. Lay the paper on a flat, smooth surface. Stabilizing the pointed ends with one hand, begin scrunching the middle of the tissue with your other hand. Work your way across the accordion, scrunching the tissue in the middle along the way.
  8. Wrap wire around the middle to hold in place.
  9. Repeat for each sheet of paper adding the green paper last.
  10. Twist wire to secure the flower.
  11. Repeat for each additional flower.
  12. Once you have made the desired amount of flowers, arrange together in a vase or a decorated jar.

Ideas from the elves:

  • Try cutting the ends (in step 5) in different ways. Round the edges to create more soft-shaped petals. Cut a V shape to create a spiky appearance.
  • Vary the width of the accordion folds. This will also change the appearance of the finished flower. For example, fold paper in 2" or 3" increments for larger petals.

Traditional Method:

For some, this traditional method might be easier. We always end up tearing the petals when using this method, which is why prefer the method described above. In our experience, this way takes longer because we spend so much time trying to fluff the petals.

  1. Stack 5 sheets of red and 1 sheet of green tissue paper. Lay on a flat surface.
  2. Using ruler, measure an area that is 5" wide by 12" long.
  3. Cut out tissue.
  4. Accordion-fold the tissue in 1" increments.
  5. Cut the ends of folded tissue.
  6. Loosely wrap wire around the center of the tissue.
  7. Gently fluff the flower by pulling up each piece of tissue.
  8. Compare traditional (left) vs. regular (right) directions. The flower made by following the regular instructions is fluffier.