How to Make Paper Flowers
These paper flowers are simple to craft but make a big impact, especially if you make giant ones! All you need to make them are a few supplies you might already have around the house.
Gather Your Supplies
- Tissue paper in whatever colors you like
- Wire - floral wire works great but isn’t necessary. I’m using 18 gauge floral wire that’s precut to stem length.If you don’t have any wire around the house, you could make these using string with the same technique and make a garland or big blooms to hang around.
Optional but helpful supplies:
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Step 1: Fold Tissue In Half
To make a giant flower: Take 2 sheets of tissue paper, either the same color or 2 different colors for a 2-tone bloom, and fold them in half.
Take the 2 sheets that are now folded in half and stack them on top of each other.
You should have 4 layers of tissue.
To make a medium sized flower: Fold one sheet of tissue in half and then in half again. You’ll have 4 layers.
To make a small flower: Fold a sheet of tissue in half and then in thirds.
You’ll end up with 6 layers.
Step 2: Accordion Fold Your Tissue
From the short side of your strip(s) of paper, fold back and forth like an accordion in even segments.
For giant flowers: the folds should be about 1- 1.5 inch
Medium sized flowers: aim for folds between half an inch and 3/4 inch
For small flowers: half an inch folds are best. You don’t want to make them much smaller than 3/8” or the blossoms will be hard to form.
When you’re done folding, you might have a bit of an overhang on one edge. Trim it off so the edge is even with your accordion. BE CAREFUL not to cut through any of your folds.
For medium and smaller flowers: you’ll have enough from 1 long accordion to make 2-3 flowers. Count 4-6 folded edges and cut along a crease. This smaller accordion segment will turn into a flower!
For giant flowers: use the entire piece you folded for one flower.
Step 3: Add a Wire Stem
Take a length of wire slightly longer than the flower stem you want. Make a sharp hook with one long end and one short. The short end should be about 2” long.
Step 4: Choose the Shape of Your Flower
Grab your scissors and trim the 2 ends of the tissue paper on either side of the wire. Rounded edges will give you more of a peony/marigold/carnation look, depending on the size and pointed ends can look more like dahlias.
Note: When you’re shaping the ends, trim off enough paper so any edges that were folded are gone. You want all the layers to be individual.
Step 5: Form the Blossom!
Step 6: The Finishing Touches
This step is totally optional!
You can cover your stem with green tape for a cleaner look. Floral tape is ideal but green masking tape or washi tape works, too. Stick the end of your tape to the wire right below the flower and keep twisting/taping until you cover the stem.
If you don’t have wire, don’t worry, you can use string! Do steps 1-2 and tie a string around the middle of your folded paper and make a knot to keep the paper in place. Don’t tie it so tight that it warps the paper, just so that it’s sitting snugly in the loop of string. Then proceed with step 4.
Voila! Your Paper Flower is Done!
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Lizzie Knutson Cloward
She is the creator of Frankie Baby Studio. Frankie Baby is based on a love for the craft of printing and inspiration from the everyday things that make life fun. Though Lizzie took a meandering path (with extended stays/childhood in the Midwest and on the East Coast) to find her way back to her native San Francisco and a career based in graphic design, she’s always had a passion for printed ephemera. She went from collecting stickers as a kid to building a sometimes overflowing collection of paper goods as an adult.