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simple and charming tissue paper flowers

tissue paper flowers

I’ve been experimenting with oh so famous the Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms as decorations for our upcoming post-wedding reception in Ohio. (You know what is so brilliant about theses? You can ship them mostly assembled but flat and just poof them out when you get there.) I discovered that these smaller ones, shown here as napkin ring decorations, made with larger rounded ends make for especially charming faux flowers.

To make them I followed the usual instructions using four sheets of tissue paper cut into 4″ by 6″ rectangles. I folded in roughly 3/4″ accordion folds and trimmed the ends like so:

tissue paper flowers

Separate the layers and you can use a bit of floral tape to attach them to a floral wire stem. These are currently gracing my dining room.

tissue paper flowers

· comments [17] · 08-19-2009 · categories:craft ·

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  • 1 Brigid // Aug 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    We made the big ones for our daughters wedding. They were amazing and looked like they were floating in mid air. People were surprised that they were tissue paper and were even more surprised that we made them

    I was attending a wedding shortly after and had a large wrapped gift, I made one of these for the bow, I had many comments.

    Great idea..thanks for posting it.

  • 2 Jackie // Aug 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I made those flowers for my wedding. Both the large pom-poms, which we put in tall cylinders as centerpieces, and the small flowers which were put into hand-made pottery bud vases that were favors. We got lots of compliments on them. They made a huge impact at the reception for very little cost.

  • 3 Sarah // Aug 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I’m planning to do these at my wedding next year (along with the rest of the world, it seems). I’m thinking about ordering a whole ream of tissue online. Where did you get your tissue paper?

  • 4 megan // Aug 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Sarah – I have not ordered tissue paper yet, I’m just starting to investigate sizes. I have ordered reams (480 sheets) of tissue paper from Paper Mart before and I’ve always been happy with their service.

  • 5 Jaymie // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    LOVE IT! We’ve done the bigger ones, using the entire package of tissue and I’ve layered colors to do red, white and blue etc. And I LOVE them. We are thinking of eloping and coming back to a reception (similar to what you did) and these would be fabulous for that.

  • 6 Anneta // Aug 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the directions and the photograph. The flowers are quite simply stunning.

  • 7 Lisa // Aug 20, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I like those! You’ve got the wire nice and tight so it hardly shows. Have you ever made tissue butterflies? They are nice also. I have them all over my bedroom…it’s kind of little girlish and romantic.

  • 8 kath // Aug 20, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Wow. We used to make these out of Kleenex when I was a kid. Funny how everything old is new again!

  • 9 Lindsay // Aug 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I heart tissue paper poms. :)
    They’ll be used at my wedding too in a couple months! Hanging from chairs down the ceremony aisle and also decorating the candy table at the reception. You just can’t beat the happy/cheery/inexpensiveness of them.

  • 10 jamie // Aug 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    has anyone else had trouble unfolding them? i’ve only made one (a large one), and couldn’t get it to be round. It seemed to only be domed on one side, and almost flat on the other, if that makes sense. i’d appreciate any tips, i think they’re lovely but i can’t get them right :)

  • 11 megan // Aug 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Jamie – I’ve been finding that if you don’t fold them into small enough folds they are very difficult to open.

  • 12 redmenace // Aug 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Not Martha– these are great. I keep seeing them on different sites and I have to try it! The wedding countdown. Tick. Tock.

  • 13 whimsicalpam // Aug 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Great blog!…Very informative and lots of interesting links…so glad I found my way here:)
    Excellent job on the flowers!

  • 14 sue // Sep 7, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I made these tissue flowers for a wedding anniversary .. they were so commented on.. my favorite color was yellow and white in the middle.. looked like lemon pie.. and if you use oranges ..reds blues.. very mexican great for a mexican dinner party.. i love them always looking for a reason to make them :)

  • 15 Pen // Jan 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I love these flowers and I am thinking of using them in my upcoming wedding in October, but my questions is has anyone ever used these as pew decorations? I am stuck on what to do the the church decorations, and this maybe a cute way to go, but I am a little unsure.

  • 16 Niche Topics // Jan 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Great share, thank you! We made these for the kids in the hospital and they love it!

  • 17 SP // Nov 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

    In Canada, we have seen tissue paper flowers used to decorate the getaway car after the wedding. The car looks beautiful instead of like a mess, with the usual car decorations you normally see.

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