How to Make a Paper Flower

Make your own beautiful paper flower with tissue paper and pipe cleaners! The paper flower is an important symbol of any Hispanic event and can be seen at el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), birthday parties, Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day celebrations and more. These tissue paper flowers are used to decorate homes or buildings for celebrations.

Materials Needed:
Tissue Paper
Pipe Cleaners

Step 1: Gather Your Materials and Prep Your Paper

Lay 5 or 6 sheets of unfolded tissue paper down on a flat surface. Stacking them on top of each other.

Step 2: Make Accordion Folds

Once you’ve made a 1-inch fold at the edge of your stacked paper, flip the paper over for the next fold. Keep folding and turning the paper until you have a narrow strip of accordion-style tissue paper.

Step 3: Round the Edges with Scissors

Take your scissors and trim the ends of the stacked tissue paper strip so that you have a rounded edge. This will help your tissue paper petals have a rounded appearance.

Step 4: Add the stem

To ensure the stem is centered, fold the tissue strip in half and place the pipe cleaner at the fold. Loop the “stem” around the middle of the folded tissue paper strip. Twist the pipe cleaner onto itself to hold the tissue paper strip in place.

Step 5: Gently Peel Open the Layers

Starting on one side, begin opening up the tissue paper folds you made. Be sure to pull apart the folds evenly from both ends.

Step 6: Separate the Tissue Paper Sheets

Gently separate the tissue paper sheets to unfold the petals of your flower. It will quickly begin to look like a beautiful blossom.