Tutorial Tuesday: Tissue Paper Carnations


Did you used to make tissue paper flowers when you were little?  I sure did.  My grandma and I spent 2nd grade making them, because I never tired of making them…I’m sure she did, but she was a great grandma and made them whenever I wanted to. Anyway, I’d totally forgotten about them until I came across a tutorial over at Folding Trees. So, I’m off to make some in Indie Fixx colors (blue and orange) to put on the table to celebrate Indie Fixx’s 2nd Anniversary!

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial from Folding Trees

You will need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 large paper clips
  • Pipe cleaners (chenille stems) or floral wire
  • Coloured marker pen
  • Optional: floral wire, floral tape, wire cutters

1. You can make your carnations any size, but I found that a 3″ (7.5cm) circle gives a realistic-sized flower. Fold your tissue paper in half again and again until it is just larger than your circle size. I used a 20×24″ sheet of tissue paper, which let me cut 48 circles at once – enough for 4-5 carnations!Find a suitably-sized circular container and draw around it with a pencil onto your folded tissue paper.

2. Start to cut out the circle, holding all the layers of tissue paper together. If you can’t cut through the whole thickness, try cutting half the layers at a time, then draw another circle to cut out the other half. I found that I could cut through 48 layers with no problem, as the tissue paper is so thin. You don’t have to cut too exactly, so don’t worry if some of the layers don’t come out as perfect circles. Use a large paper clip to help keep the layers together.

3. As you continue to cut, add a second paper clip on the opposite side of the circles to keep all the circles together.

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