Diy Tissue (Kleenex) Flowers

by Destri on May 10, 2012

Diy Tissue Paper Flower

I know what your thinking – just when you thought the internet had overdone the tissue paper flower…Destri has to throw in another one.  Would it help if I told you it had sentimental value?  How about keep your kids busy for hours?  Aw, now I have your attention.  You see, when I was little we spent hours making these tissue flowers.  I remember going through three boxes of Kleenex in one weekend at my Grandma’s house.  Just laying on the floor, making flower after flower.  I was fascinated with them!

Child Boy Holding Flowers

They have stayed in the back of my mind for something to show my kids, and their great Grandpa on my Husband’s side passed away so I thought this would be the perfect sentiment to send to their Great Grandma.  They were a little young to make them, but were still able to help with a lot of the project.  I think kids 7 & up would have no problem making the flowers independently, so catch me after the jump and I’ll show you how to keep them busy for days!

Diy Tissue Flowers With Colored Tips

Tissue Flowers Supplies


  • Tissues – I used 3 ply for extra fluffy flowers
  • Bobby pins
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Dollar store fake flowers if you want to make a bouquet

First, layer 2-4 tissues on top of each other.  I used 3 per flower because I had three ply. Then fold them accordion style, push a bobby pin over the center.  Next pinch of the ends.  I left about 2 inches on each side, but you can make any size you want.  Then take a marker and color the ends.

Now starting at the top, pull each layer of the tissue apart until it is at the center.  Be careful not to tear the tissue. Work your way down the side until you reach the bottom, and then repeat on the other side.  Then fluff.

Tissue Paper Flowers DIY

Then repeat…a bunch of times.  This is where the hours of busy time come into play!

Dollar Store Flowers

We always left the flowers as they were on the bobby pin but when I saw this idea on In My Own Style to attach them to the stems of dollar store flowers, I knew that would be perfect.  Diane has a great tutorial for different tissue paper flowers too if you want to take a look.

Bare Stems

Just pop off the flowers to expose the tops.

Now just pinch the bobby pins together and wrap a couple times with the floral tape, then continue to wrap the tape around to the bare stems, joining the bobby pin to the stem.  That’s it!

Simple Kleenex Flowers

Aren’t they pretty?  You can even spray a little perfume on them if you want to get real fancy.

So now you have the perfect gift for your kiddos to make (or help make) for all those times you want something extra special.  Or all the times you want them out of your hair…whichever fits the moment.

Happy Thursday friends -  I have to say, it’s been a long week – if I had the time to tell you about it, I’m sure you’d buy me a drink!  But the weekend is almost here!

Thanks for reading and talk soon, I have the cutest summer pants for women coming up in a tutorial..


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Annabelle May 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.


Rebekah May 11, 2012 at 5:34 am

Those look amazing! I’m hoping I get some time to give it a try this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!


Colleen May 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

Haha I so had that initial reaction!! I thought…three girls, I know all flower makin!! Haha I love these they look real!! I’ll have the girls make em for mothers day for the neighbor! Can I link back and post about it when they do?


Vicki May 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

These are amazing! You inspired me to try these and they turned out perfect. I sometimes forget there tissues! I’ll be giving them to my mom, grandma, and aunts for mothers day.


Gina May 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I made these for my grandmother when I was in third grade. I used scented markers and she kept them for so many years. I think they were still in her house (but terribly dusty) when she died. :-\


Kim Perkins May 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I love this idea, but I am a dunce. I can’t figure out how to “pull them apart” so that they look like the flowers. Could you give me instruction and or pics? Thanks!!


Destri May 16, 2012 at 5:19 am

Hey Kim,

I should have got a better picture for that step! I just find a corner on the top tissue and you can see the layers there, then gently pull the top layer up, then just repeat. I am at a conference now, but let me know if you still need a pic and I’ll see what I can do…actually they do have tissues here :)


Kim Perkins May 16, 2012 at 7:54 am

I figured it out! Your instructions are fine I just had a “mental block.” They do look amazing! I am thinking of making them at summer camp this year for all our campers!!


Pat May 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

My grandmother taught my brother & I to make these 50 years ago. She passed away many years ago and I could not remember how she made these. Thanks so much for the instructions ~ I will make some of these to remind me of her.


Destri May 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

I love that their history goes back so far – it was my Grandmother that taught me as well. Thanks so much for sharing Pat. I hope you enjoy them!


Cathy Davis July 14, 2012 at 7:09 am

My Mother made these when I was a little girl. She helped her great grand children make some more of these a few weeks ago. Aren’t they fun? I have been making bouquets of them out of colored tissue paper, along with bouquets of origami flowers out of my favorite scrapbook paper.


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Maria C December 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I made these in fourth grade way back in 1947. I needed to brush up on how. I was trying to show my granddaughter She is a fourth grade teacher. Thanks. By ther way we used to use our mothers lipstick in the ends. Things were simpler then.


Judy March 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Why do you pinch off the ends? Can you leave them in tact for larger flowers?


LIZ March 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

We used to make these when I was young, but we left the kleenex tissue folded in half, and layered 3 tissues together, with all the folded edges on the same side, accordion folded them then wraped a thin wire around the middle. Then just barley trim off the folded edge of the kleenex, no waste. Back when I was young we didn’t have highlighters, so we peeled up all the petals, then trimmed them, then we put lip stick on the edges of the flower and misted them with perfume….. SEE I’M OLD, the lady who taught us how to make these would dip them in wax and use them to decorate graves on Mermorial day she was very poor,and we loved helping her each year, She also made Tulips from crape paper…


Kim October 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

My mom made these 30 years ago for me. I was going as a clown for Halloween and she thought to make a ton of these and sew them to a snow cap to make a wig. I remember getting many compliments on my cool wig!


Amy Greene April 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

My mother always told me her aunt made her boquet for her wedding out of tissues. She didn’t know how they were made. I have always wondered how to make them. Now I know. Soon it will be a year, since my mother has past. This is truly a small blessing. I think I will make an arragement of these to celebrate her life on the day she past!

I am writing with tears. Thank you so much for this post. I found you through Pinterest looking up something completely different.


Chloe May 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

It’s so amazing <3


Ameila May 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm

hello I do not understand I’m trying to make this call my mom and I can’t get past the coloring of the end parts. I don’t understand what you said about the fluffing thing and so if you would be so kind to go deeper into the your instructions hopefully you will get back to me as soon as possible because I want to make this for my mother for mothers day :-)


Ameila May 5, 2014 at 5:47 pm

For my mom:-)


Destri May 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

after the ends dry, you want to gently pull the layers of the kleenex apart. Each tissue has 2-3 layers, and where its folded accordion style that makes the carnation shape. Hope that helps!


savanah May 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I really think this is an awesome idea I’m going to give it to my teachers for teacher appreciation week!


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