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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

You can create a bouquet of these pretty blooms from the same stuff you wrap presents with. But the best part? No watering!


  • Step 1: Cut sheets Cut five sheets of tissue paper to the same size. The bigger the sheets, the bigger the flowers.
  • TIP: Mix two or more colors of paper to make really cool-looking flowers.
  • Step 2: Stack sheets Stack the sheets one on top of the other so they overlap exactly.
  • TIP: Cut both ends of the paper into points or scallops to make your flowers more interesting and varied.
  • Step 3: Fold stack Fold the stack of tissue paper like an accordion; first to one side, then to the other. Make sure the folds are even.
  • Step 4: Make stem Bend a pipe cleaner three inches from its top and wrap it tightly around the center of the folded accordion. Twist the short end of the pipe cleaner around the long end so that it holds the paper together. This is your stem.
  • Step 5: Fluff sheets Make your flower bloom by gently separating the sheets of tissue paper and fluffing them out. After you've made several flowers, arrange them in a vase and make them the centerpiece for dinner tonight.
  • FACT: In Victorian times, different flowers had different meanings. Daisies represented "innocence" and tulips stood for "fame."

You Will Need

  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • And pipe cleaners

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