How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers For A Beautiful Backdrop

Autumn is a season filled with beautiful outdoor colors. Create this harvest backdrop with large tissue paper flowers to match the turning leaves and rich colored florals at the end of the harvest season. The backdrop is perfect for a fun autumn party.

 Tissue Paper Flowers

These tissue paper flowers are versatile and can be used not only for a party but around the house as well for an extra pop of color as the days get shorter. Read on for instructions on how to create these big flowers and backdrop.

How many sheets of tissue paper make a flower?

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For this project, you need between 8 and 12 pieces of tissue paper for big flowers. The more pieces of tissue paper you use, the bigger the flower will be. If you want smaller flowers, use between 4 and 8 pieces.

What kinds of flowers can you make with tissue paper?

There are various flowers you can make out of paper. The flowers you make include but are not limited to:

  • Roses
  • Poppies
  • Dahlias
  • Carnations
  • Daffodils
  • Sunflowers
  • Hyacinth

If there’s a way to fold it, you can turn tissue into any paper flowers.

How to Decorate with Tissue Paper Flowers

You can use paper flowers for several occasions or as a permanent decoration. Use them for:

  • Birthdays
  • Baby showers
  • Party decor
  • Girls bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Floral themed rooms
  • Table decorations

Paper flowers can make for an excellent decoration, from tissue paper pom poms to roses.

What else can you make with tissue paper flowers?

You don’t have to stick with making a backdrop for this project. You can use tissue flowers in various crafts like: 

  • Bouquets
  • 3D art
  • Garlands
  • Streamers

Let this project help you bring your creative paper flower ideas to life.

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Materials For DIY Tissue Paper Flowers Backdrop:

You can find most of these materials at the Dollar Tree or any retail craft store near you. 

  • tissue paper stack in multiple colors
  • twine, yarn or twist ties
  • scissors
  • painter’s tape

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers: Step by step guide

Step 1: Cutting the tissue paper

Start by cutting your tissue paper sheets to the desired size. The width of the paper should be at least half the size of the length for unfolding. Use multiple sheets of paper- more for a more full flower (5-10 pieces) or less for a more delicate flower (4-5 pieces).

DIY tissue paper flowers

Step 2: Create the accordion shape

Accordion fold the paper in large or small folds until you reach the end of the paper. The larger your folds the larger the petals and less full the flower may look.

If you are going for a fuller-looking flower make smaller folds and use more layers of paper.

Step 3: Folding

Once you are finished with folding the accordion fold, tie a piece of twine, yarn, or twist tie in the center of the flower. Tie towards the back.

Step 4: Rounding edges

Create the petals by rounding out the two ends of the fold with a pair of scissors. Or you can cut in a triangular tip pattern for a pointy looking flower. Use heavy-duty scissors if you are cutting multiple pieces at one time. If you prefer you can precut scalloped edges along with the paper prior to cutting so long as your folds match up.

Step 5: Foldout

Pull the folds apart and start to pull each layer of fold-out. Then send the outermost fold towards the center and carefully bring each layer out from there. Next, pull one fold from one side and then alternate to the other side and continue one until you have reached the last fold. Keep the last fold flat so that it will fit on a surface.

finished tissue paper flower
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Step 6: Attach the tissue paper flowers

Once you are finished carefully pulling out the petals you can use painter’s tape to attach the paper flower to the wall for a display. Add green tissue paper cut out in a leaf shape if desired. Repeat the steps above for more florals in various sizes and textures.

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If you prefer to have totally rounded out flowers, just use more tissue paper in longer pieces and pull both sides out towards the center working towards a middle piece in the fold that is your centerpiece. Or stick with the method above and attach two halfs of a paper flower together with twine or tape.

Display on a piece of craft paper for a fun buffet backdrop. These multi-toned oranges and pinks mixed in with gold are perfect for an autumn baby shower, birthday party, or farmers’ market themed party.

DIY tissue paper flower backdrop
tissue paper flower backdrop

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What size of tissue paper for flowers?

Use between 5 and 15 inch size tissue paper for flowers. The smaller size tissue paper makes smaller flowers. 

What else can you use besides tissue paper?

You can also use coffee filters, Kleenex, toilet paper, cardstock, pipe cleaners and crepe paper. 

Where to buy tissue paper flowers?

You can purchase paper flowers online from places like Etsy and Amazon. 

How do you make mini paper flowers?

You can craft mini paper flowers with small sized and fewer layers of paper.

How do you make big flowers out of tissue paper?

Use big pieces of paper with several layers to create bigger flowers.


Use these easy tissue paper flowers to craft anything you’d like. Or use this autumn-themed backdrop as an excellent decor piece for any event.