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Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial











I love tissue paper flowers.  No…I take that back.  I ADORE tissue paper flowers!  I NEED them in my designs.  I love how a tissue paper flower can dramatically change the look of a space and pull your entire color scheme together.  My daughters have them in their bedrooms, I use them for birthday parties, I use them in my classroom…I seriously can’t get enough of them!  Last year, I had a garden theme in my classroom and my room was filled with gorgeous colorful blooms – they made everyone so happy when they walked into my classroom!  You can either purchase them from Polka Dot Market or Pom Magic (Etsy) OR you can make them yourself.

I have had numerous requests about showing you how to make the gorgeous flowers and poms in my photos.  They are actually very simple to make.   You will need the following items:

1.  9 – 12 sheets of tissue paper

2.  Small piece of wire or string

3.  Scissors








1.  Choose your favorite color of tissue paper.  You will need 9 – 12 sheets.  If you want to make a flower, 9 sheets are sufficient.  If you want to make a round pom to hang from the ceiling, I would recommend using 12 sheets for a fuller look.  Lay your tissue paper on a flat surface. *Wrinkles are from taking the tissue paper out of the packaging.








2.  Accordian fold your tissue paper.  The fold should be around 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches wide.  The wider the fold – the bigger your flower petal will be.








3.  Use a small piece of wire or string to tie around the center of the tissue paper.  Don’t pull too tight – keep the stack of tissue paper flat.  If you tie the wire too tight, it will ruin the look of the flower.








4.  Use your scissors to trim each end of your tissue paper.  You can round the ends or cut it into a point depending on the look that you want.








5.  Fan out each end of the tissue paper.








6.  Start pulling each layer of tissue paper upward.  This part requires patience.  It can take some time to peel each and every layer.








7.  The end result…a gorgeous, full flower!

Happy Decorating!









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  1. Melanie! I just made one of these tonight because I’m planning a baby shower! It turned out cute, but I guess I need a little more practice! HA! Thanks SOOOO much for the easy tutorial!

  2. Man you’re good!!! Soooo glad I stumbled across your site! Please, please, please keep posting! 🙂

  3. Hi Melanie, I have 4 doors in my classroom and plan on making the flowers to cover them. Do you have any suggestions on how to attach them to the door? I’m affraid that they will droop down if I use tape. Thank you so much for your inspiring ideas:)!

  4. Your room is absolutely fantastic!
    Thank you for sharing your Terri’s ideas and photos.
    Are your birds nests made like your flowers with tissue, do you need to use more tissue for the nests?
    Thanks again,

    • Melanie uses poms that she sells at her shop.

      Schoolgirl Style~Kandin

  5. Hi Melanie,
    What do you do to attach the flowers to the butch paper? I’m assuming a hot glue gun but wasn’t sure if the glue would melt the paper. Let me know. I love your color scheme. The brown, blue and green are so calming. I’d like to create this in my middle school math classroom.

    • Hi Adriana!

      Melanie either staples the flowers or uses packing tape.

      Schoolgirl Style~Kandin

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