How to Make Paper Flowers from Tissue Paper

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Today’s tissue paper craft is brought to you by the Dollar Tree. All experiences and opinions are always my own.

There are many occasions during the day when my children bring me random supplies and ask to make things.  We have a container with drawers full of supplies that they are allowed to craft with and then there are Mama’s supplies that are for when we craft together.  Some days, we can easily whip up something together other days it has to wait.

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While we were planning simple decor items for an upcoming party, the children wanted to have flowers as centerpieces on the table.  We all love flowers but being that it is now cold outside, they are harder to come by.  So my little man’s mind started churning, why can’t we make them?  We have made fabric flowers, why not paper flowers!

Back in my school days, we learned how to make paper flowers.  We made our fair share in many varieties and sizes, every color of the rainbow was accounted for at some point.

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They really are so simple and you basically only need tissue paper and something firm for the stems.  For smaller flowers green pipe cleaners work well, for larger flowers, wooden skewers or floral stems work great.

How to Make Paper Flowers

For larger flowers, you need to cut 10″ squares.  For medium flowers, cut 8″ squares and smaller flowers, cut 6″ squares.

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For our daisies, we used 3 squares of light green and 4 squares of white tissue paper cut to 8″.

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Fold them in an accordion fashion about 1 1/2″ wide.  Start with the color you wish to be in the center on the inside of the fold.

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Trim the ends of both tips to a slight point.

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Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle of the flower.  If you want the green color to be on the inside of the flower, place the open folded side up, if you wish for the white to be in the center, place the folded side on the top.

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Gently unfold one side of the flower.  And then separate the layers by unfolding and fanning them apart.

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Repeat with the second side and fill in any gaps.

Then display in vases, hang from the ceiling or simple lay them down the center of the table or on your place settings.

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The great part about the tissue paper flowers?  Since I purchased the tissue paper from the Dollar Tree, you will be able to make about a dozen for $1!  The bud vases were purchased at the Dollar Tree as well and I wrapped them in burlap and ribbon I already had on hand.  My children are already planning on us creating bouquets for friends that are ill.

Have you ever made paper flowers?

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