Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial- Style 1

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

As part of our living room restyle that I talked about on Monday, I needed some cute paper flowers! As to abide by my rules for Frugal February, {I can only use materials I have on hand–yikes!} I searched my house high and low to see what supplies I could scrounge up. Here’s what I came up with:


Scissors, tissue paper, stapler. Exciting, huh? Actually, I was pretty excited because knowing that I could make paper flowers with just these three little things meant that I would most likely have the supplies on hand any time I needed a gift topper or a cute decorating accessory–yippee! So here is what I did:

I began by cutting five sheets of tissue paper to the same size. Mine were 9 1/2″ by 7″. Starting at one of the 7″ ends, I then folded the stack accordion style, using about 1″ folds. Now it looks like one of those fans you used to make in elementary school, right? 🙂


Here’s where I had to get all MacGuyver on ya. Since I didn’t have any floral wire on hand to secure the middle of the flower, I just stapled it together. Kind of unrefined, but oh-so-functional! {And no one will ever know–our little secret!} So just stick a staple right in the middle of your accordion stack like this:


Next I rounded off my ends so that the flower wouldn’t look square. {Because who has ever seen a square flower?} You could also do pointy or scalloped ends if you’re feeling creative.

Rounded Ends_edited-1

So by now you’re probably thinking, “What?! This doesn’t look like a flower!” Hang in there, it will! You will now want to pull up the top layer of tissue paper very gently on both sides of the staple. It should look similar to this:

First Layer

See the flower coming? Just keep {gently} pulling up the layers one by one until your flower is complete!

Final Flower

That was so easy you want to make a few more, right?

Three Flowers

So fun. I love it when a plan comes together. I actually created two different styles of flower for our new living room set up, so be sure to stop back for part 2! Hope you’re having a great week!


  1. Excellent job! Can’t wait to see part 2. 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Bethany! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

      1. So far so good! Hope you are too! 🙂

  2. I loooove these! I can never get tissue paper flowers to turn out right – great tutorial!!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Megan! I hear you’re famous now! 😉 Such exciting news on your blog today!!

      ~Abby =)

  3. So very cute. Thank You!
    Found you From Blissful and Domestic’s link party 😉

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you Kristina! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      ~Abby =)

  4. so cute!!! these are not as easy as they look- i am not very good at them!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Cassie! When I first started making them, I tried to make them too big and they looked kind of awkward. Once I scaled them down a bit and was really careful when separating the layers, it was much easier to churn them out! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

      -Abby =)

  5. Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com says:

    I’ve made these before in bright colors, but yours in white look absolutely lovely!! Saw your link at Overflowing with Creativity and had to stop by to tell you white a beautiful job you did 😉

    Have a terrific weekend! :*)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much! One of the things I love about this style of flower is that it is so versatile–it looks great in just about every color! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      ~Abby =)

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  8. I love that you used what you had on hand – creative! Happy Monday from the enchanted oven.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Lisa! Mostly I’m just cheap! 😉 Thank you for reading!!

      ~Abby =)

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  13. Emma Rushbrooke says:

    Hi Abby, thank you for sending me the link to this tutorial. You’re so creative! I love these flowers and also the ones in the ‘part 2’ tutorial. I’ll certainly have a go at these once I buy myself some tissue paper (I don’t have so much craft stuff at home!). My first thought looking at these is that I’d like to try using two different shades of paper, like white with pale aqua. Happy crafting!
    Emma xx

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh I love the idea of two shades, Emma! And your cake rendition of these was absolutely stunning! Loved them so much! Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!

      ~Abby =)

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