Facial Tissue Flower

by Joanne Allison

Fold and tie paper tissues together to create a gorgeous flower.


  • Facial tissue

  • Thread or florist wire

  • Strong, sharp scissors

  • Marker (Memento Angel Pink used here)

  • Flower center (glue dot coated in microbeads used here)


  1. Step 1

    Cut tissue into strips 2" wide. As a regular tissue is about 8", an easy way to do this is to fold it in half, fold each half back on itself and cut along the fold lines.

  2. Step 2

    Stack three of the strips together, discard the last strip.

  3. Step 3

    Concertina fold along the length of the stack – aim for somewhere between 1/4" and 1/2" for your fold.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap thread around the center of the folded piece and tie off (or use florist wire if you find that less fiddly). Trim the thread ends.

  5. Step 5

    Using strong, sharp scissors as there are multiple layers, round off each end of the strip.

  6. Step 6

    Run a marker around the cut ends (any kind of marker will do) and allow a few minutes to dry as the moisture will make the tissue more delicate.

  7. Step 7

    Fan the piece out around the tied center to make a circle.

  8. Step 8

    Gently pull apart the tissue layers (there will be six layers in all).

  9. Step 9

    Add a pretty center to finish the flower. Add a dab of liquid adhesive if you use a glue dot as the base for your center to make sure it stays stuck to the tissue surface.

  10. Step 10

    Use liquid adhesive to add the flower as an embellishment on a card, gift package or other papercrafted project!



    - Use florist wire to make long-stemmed flowers and arrange a few in a pretty container – a perfect gift when real flowers are not appropriate (in some hospital situations or where the recipient has allergies, for example).

    - Try glitter or flock on a glue dot for a different finish to the center or use a button for a more whimsical look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Facial Tissue Flower. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love the card, can't wait to try this! Like others, I'd love to know what the embossed background is. It's gorgeous!

Thanks for this!

Joni  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Glad you all enjoyed the tutorial!

For those asking about the background - it's the Flora folder from the Spellbinder M-Bossabilities range. I brayered some Bundled Sage Distress ink onto the folder before embossing my cardstock to give the subtle two tone effect.

All the items I used are listed in the Comments area of the YouTube video if there's anything else you want to check and I miss your question for some reason.
Joanne  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Shows my age, We made lots of these in the sixties for Prom, They are still cute.
Alene  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM
I used to make Kleenex flowers as a kid in the late '40's. Never thought to use them in crafting. Sometimes we used lipstick to color the ends.
Kathleen Chabot  |  Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM
What a fun tutorial! Thank you for renewing the interest in tissue flowers. I had forgotten how pretty and delicate these flowers are (and inexpensive). This is a great size to use on cards!
Carolyn Lineberger  |  Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Thanks, Joanne, for the background f information. I have it on order smile
Joni  |  Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:18 PM
That is really pretty!
RubberLady603  |  Fri Feb 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM
Beautiful card and wonderful tutorial. You are such a natural at it and it was very easy to learn from you. Thanks so much. Love that background M-Bossabilitie. Thanks for sharing that info.
Kerry  |  Sun Feb 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM
This is just lovely!!!!I'am so excited!!! Have been "laid up" witha really bad knee so will get my mind off the pain and have to trymy hand at this!!!Thanks so for sharing with all!!!! Ines
Ines (4 cats lady!)  |  Tue Feb 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM
I looked at this darling card and thought how cute "The Doughnut" on the front was...then watching the tutorial I realized it was a lovely flower...I guess I may have just been hungry!Truly your flower is fabulous!
Jen Tomasick  |  Tue Feb 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Very Pretty! Thank You!
Marsha Householder  |  Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM
So pretty!!
Beverly White  |  Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 4:07 AM
This is a lovely flower, I can't wait to try it
Jasmine Patrick  |  Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 3:45 AM

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