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How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers

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Make Tissue Paper Carnations by learning how to make tissue paper flowers. The tutorial is straightforward and easy to follow; even children can complete it with only minimal assistance from an adult. The ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

Learn how to make tissue paper flowers to create beautiful Carnations. Kids can complete it with minimal adult assistance. Ideal for Mother's Day.

Well, I must admit that I need to be more efficient when it comes to blogging….. This photo was taken on Mother’s Day, with my daughter holding the Tissue Carnation she made…. it appears that 24 hours a day is insufficient for me, lol!!

A day before Mother’s Day, she learned how to make tissue paper flowers from her teacher. She returned home and showed me her tissue paper carnations, saying she was going to make some for her grandmother and aunties for the Mother’s Day gathering the next day.

She demonstrated it using white regular tissue paper before painting the flower with multi-color watercolor. It looks colorful but a little difficult, so I suggested she use the leftover colored tissue paper that had been sitting in our cabinet since her last birthday. She is overjoyed because it saves her a lot of time and the red color is perfect for the celebration.

“Can I post this on your blog, Mom? I’d like to share this with your readers…”….” Even though the 2nd Sunday of May has passed, it is never too late to share beautiful things; additionally, some countries celebrate Mother’s Day later this year or perhaps make it for other occasions. If you miss it this year, please bookmark or add this page to your favorites so you can make these Tissue paper Carnations for Mother’s Day next year. So she started working on them and I started taking photos as she went…

She finished three flowers in one hour, including all the pauses for me to take photos, so she gave one to her grandmother (my mother) and two to her aunties (my sister and sister-in-law). Has she forgotten about me???? “Mum, you can always make a better one for yourself!” she said…. “Oh no….but I want one from you?” Poor me, this mummy didn’t get the flower from her daughter. BUT….. I have a belated present from hubby…. a “Super Mom” organic t-shirt.

Super Mum T-shirt


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Learn how to make tissue paper flowers to create beautiful Carnations. Kids can complete it with minimal adult assistance. Ideal for Mother's Day.

How To Make Tissue Paper Carnations

Yield: Tissue Carnation
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $1 - $5

My daughter learned to make a tissue carnation from her teacher a day before Mother’s Day. She came back home and showed me, she told me she is going to make some for her grandma and aunties for the next day’s gathering to celebrate the Mother’s Day.

Enjoy making them!


  • Party tissue paper (red color) – 1 pc
  • Floral wire, gauge 18or 20 – 1 pc
  • Floral tape – 1 roll
  • Strong thread
  • Green straw (for the leaves) or you can substitute with green color paper – 2 pcs


  • Scissor
  • Pliers


  1. Materials you need for 1 stalk of Tissue Carnation, multiply the number of item 1,2 and 6 with the amount of flower you want to make.tissue paper flowers

  2. Cut the tissue paper by the fold-lines. This gives you 4 pieces of 8″ x 8″ double layer party tissue.tissue paper flowers

  3. Wad up the tissue paper in your hand tightly until they get really crumpled like mommy’s wrinkles.

  4. Separate out all layers, so you will have 8 thin crumpled tissue papers.tissue paper flowers

  5. Smooth out the tissue and pinch both edges a little as you gather to create small pleats.tissue paper flowers

  6. Get all 8 pieces done, align them neatly with the same width together as shown in the picture.tissue paper flowers

  7. Grab the center and fold it into halve. Make a little twist will help it to hold in place.tissue paper flowers

  8. Bend one of the ends of the floral wire, hook it on the center of the crumpled tissue papers.tissue paper flowers

  9. Use a pair of pliers to squeeze or wrench the hook to tighten the tissue papers. This will need a little help from an adult as a girl might not have the strength to do it.tissue paper flowers

  10. Cut 2 short lengths of strong thread (about 10″ each), tie in 2 sections for the receptacle.
    Squeeze the receptacle area a little and tight it hard. Again, this might need help from an adult. Leave the thread uncut.tissue paper flowers

  11. Wrap the receptacle and peduncle or stem with floral tape. Pull the floral tape as you wrap with the adhesive side facing the flower.tissue paper flowers

  12. Move down spirally as you wrap the floral wire with the thread in it, add in straw leaves or paper leaves as you move.tissue paper flowers

  13. Fluff the flower and make it blooms like a real carnation. DONE!!!
    So, easy, even my 7-year-old girl can do it with a little help on wrenching the floral wire and tying the threads.tissue paper flowers

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Alice (bits of taste)

Tuesday 25th of May 2010

This post is lovely! I can't remember how to make paper carnation though! LOL.... but this post definitely gives me a great refresh! I will teach my son to make it when he is 7... and make sure he makes one stalk for his Mommy! :D Thanks for sharing!

Craft Passion

Tuesday 25th of May 2010

You can start to teach him next year, he is smart enough to master it :) Just need some helps from you to clamp the wire, tie the thread and may be binding the stem properly.


Tuesday 25th of May 2010

Precioso el clavel de tu princesa, se los voy a mostrar a mis sobrinitas. Muchas gracias. Besitos.

Translation (by Google): Beautiful carnation your princess, I will show my nieces. Thank you very much. Besitos.

Craft Passion

Tuesday 25th of May 2010

Thanks for showing to your nieces, Doris!!! :) Hope they will make some for you too.


Monday 24th of May 2010

Your daughter did a fabulous job! You can tell she is your daughter.

Craft Passion

Tuesday 25th of May 2010

Thanks :) After all the photos, I also found out that my daughter has my fingers too but with younger skin. lol...

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