DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

I am not a crafty person, I admit it. But with 5 children, I need to make more of an effort to start crafts. They love it, it’s great for their fine motor skills, and I boosts their self confidence.I know that Mom’s are supposed to get Mother’s day off, but let’s face it. If you have small children, it’s kind of hard to take the day off. And how can your little one go and buy you a gift right? Well, we can help them make a gift for Grandma, and the better they get at it, the better chance they will make you one next year! Or, if you are really lucky, they will pester Dad to help them.This year, I want my kids to make a Mother’s Day gift for their Oma, my husband’s mom. So we are making tissue paper flowers. This is an easy craft perfect for school aged children.

What You Need

  • tissue paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • green construction paper
  • glue
AssemblyFold the tissue paper stack in an accordion style, like you would if you were making a paper fan.


Next, cut the ends of the tissue paper rounding them off. This gives your flowers the petals.

Take your pipe cleaner and wrap the end around the middle of your stack of tissues. Secure it tightly.
Now you can open your folds of paper. Depending on the age of your child, you might need to help them a bit, but this is a great dexterity exercise for young ones, and that helps the fine motor skills! Even if they say they can’t encourage them to try. This step worked best with my 9 year old.

Take your green construction paper and cut out leaves.  We omitted the leaves because I am using a vase.
Glue your leaves onto the pipe cleaner stems, and viola! A tissue flower.

    I placed all the flowers in a dollar store vase, and now we have a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!


  1. How fun! I may have to try this with my little guys! :)

  2. ashley merida

    This would be something cool to do with my kids on Craft nights!!! Very easy and simply beautiful!


    my niece and i made these last month!

  4. Gina Robinson-Williams

    Made these several times while attending elementary school. Definitely one of my favorite projects as a kid.

  5. Lori Thomas says:

    How cute! any one would enjoy receiving a bouquet of these lovely flowers.

  6. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We used to make these when i was a kid, but I had forgotten all about it! Great idea.

  7. I remember making these as a child and being completely captivated, plus I’ve seen huge ones on wooden dowels sell for mucho dinero at amusement parks. I was browsing silk flowers last night and got sticker shock, so maybe I should just get folding and snipping. Thanks for reminding me that a touch of spring is probably lurking amidst my gift wrap. :D

  8. Wow, these are really pretty. When I read the title I was not expecting the flowers to be so pretty. I think it would be neat to attach them to the ends of pencils. Thank you for sharing this craft.

  9. wendi watson says:

    i have seen these out and about and i have seen them at parties this is really easy now that i see how to do it! thanks

  10. Peggy Johnson says:

    fun to make and can decorate the girls room

  11. Chrystal Thurston

    I just wonder if you could get some wild any crazy rainbow paper, that’s what kinda flowers I would like.

  12. Tonya Sturgill says:

    Great project for the little ones. Thank You!

  13. Really like….great for a jr high dance even.

  14. I used to make these all the time when I was a child. Now I can teach my daughter! Thanks for reminding me how it’s done!!

  15. Priscilla S. says:

    Cute little project. It would make a great Mother’s day gift using mom’s favorite colors.

  16. My daughter and her girlfriends made ones similar to these for a bridal shower, they can be made as elaborate as you’d like. This is a great idea for mother’s day.

  17. I’m not very crafty. This looks like an easy project for kids to make.

  18. Nickie Busco says:

    These turned out very nice!

  19. Rebecca Carter

    I love these things. Add a little bit of oil from flowers and OMG its amazing.

  20. Georgia Beckman

    ohhhh! What fun memories this brings back! We used to make these all the time when we were kids.

  21. Debbie Carnes (Carney) says:

    fun day of crafting with kids

  22. Betty Baez says:

    Simple and pretty! My boys would love to make these!

  23. They look perfect, thanks for the tutorial.

  24. Kim Henrichs

    I’m getting supplies tomorrow to make these!! How easy and affordable yet they make a really pretty end result!

  25. Gloria Walshver says:

    I’m not artistic,but many people like to receive these as presents.

  26. Farrah King

    I remember seeing these on bulletin boards in school! I used to love these <3

  27. Wendy Arnott says:

    These would make a great present topper made smaller and the green pipe cleaner could be twisted into leave shapes!

  28. Stacy Harrington Calhoun says:

    I used to make these as a kid and spray a lil dab of perfume on them. I forgot all about them, but will dig out my tissue paper stash and let the kids go wild with it

  29. Great craft for kids for Mother’s Day! Thank you for posting.

  30. Paula Morgan

    I used to make these many years ago when I was a kid, then I had my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop make them one year for their Mother’s as Mother’s Day Gifts. They always turned out so pretty!! We also, by accident, found out how to make them look kind of “tie-dyed”… lightly spray them with a perfume or cologne when they are finished. It will give them a “rain drop” look along with making them smell so good!!

  31. Katherine says:

    I made alot of these in my teen years~

  32. Tamra Phelps

    These look like the flowers we used at Homecoming in high school to make the floats! Memories, lol.

  33. Nancy Loring says:

    My kids and I have made these before. It is a project they love to do

  34. sandy weinstein

    i remember making this in elementarty school

  35. These are so fun to make, I remember making them when I was little and you can use the bright, bold colors for a spring time look!!
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  36. Laura P. says:

    This is a great craft for kids and it comes out so pretty.

  37. Sharon Siqueiros

    I love making these even though I’m not a kid

  38. I bet my school kids would love making these. I remember doing this in school too.

  39. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    These Would Be So Much Fun To Creative! Perfect For Adding Spring Décor To Any Room

  40. We made these as kids to put on cars for relatives weddings I loved how it looked.

  41. Cute idea. Seems simple

  42. I remember making these for Mother’s Day at school when I was little. Fun!


  44. Kobi Hensley

    These are adorable and very easy to make

  45. Andrea Williams says:

    Cute and easy! Will have to use these in our Sunday school class.

  46. Cheryl Reinhardt

    These look fun and easy to make… always wondered how you made those , now I know… thanks.

  47. I love these! So easy and cute!
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  48. These are very cute and seem easy enough!

  49. Julie Simpson says:

    This is something easy my grandson can do. A lot of these crafts are for little girls.

  50. Stacy Giacosa-Bauer

    This will be so much fun and it would be perfect for my nieces to make for my sister for Mother’s Day! They Love to make things and craft with me! Thanks for Sharing!

  51. lovely. they look so elegant. thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  52. Bonnie C. says:

    My mother and I made a bunch of these for a party, they are so easy and fun to make, and they end up looking so pretty and cool! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us! :-)

  53. Lily Kwan says:

    These tissue paper flowers look very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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