Creating Lovely For Less

Pretty Rolled Tissue Paper Flowers (part b)


Instructions details and notes

Making your stems first is recommended. For easier handling, leave Q-tips intact and cut off after you’ve completed your flower when making gift toppers. When using wooden skewers, line up the base of the Q-tip bud alongside the tip of the skewer and bind with floral or masking tape.

If using small gauge wires, bend one end of stem with pliers and insert into opening of Q-tip. Sometimes, stem is thicker than opening. When that happens apply same technique as skewers outlined above.


Materials and Assembly

 Wire stems or wooden skewers


Tissue paper



Floral tape or other

Glue sticks

Hot glue gun


Markers, craft paint, food coloring, ink, if coloring buds.

Needle and thread; if gathering tissue with same

Sewing machine and ruffle attachment; if using

 Buds and Stems

Cut a hollow Q-tip in half; if your buds are going to be visible, you may want to color them. If so, color them ahead of making flowers. Acrylic paint, markers, ink, or food coloring are some options. I use markers lots; they dry faster.

Attach tape to stem by securing to top of wire. First, stretch a piece of the tape; hold the stem in one hand and the tape in the other. Continue  by placing the tape over the top of the stem; holding it on an angle; and twisting the wire until it is entirely covered. I substituted with masking tape. It’s great for covering thicker stems when making giant flowers but can be a little sticky when covering smaller ones. If you decide to use masking tape, opt for low tack; it’s easier to manipulate; even more so when mistakes occur. If using masking tape, omit stretching.

 Making Connected Petals

  • Cut 2 strips of 2 1/4” x 20” of tissue paper

  • Fold strips of tissue in half lengthwise – 2 layers

  •  Fold again in quarters 4 – layers.

  •  Fold yet again in thirds 12 – layers.

  •  Cut out petal shape at one end of paper.

  •  Open layers and place strips on top of each other in an offset position.

  •  Use your fingers to gather both layers of tissue paper at base. of the lower edges with your fingers. Tissue paper tears easily; use a gentle hand. If you find finger-gathering to be difficult, use a needle, thread, and a running stitch to gather the tissue. Be sure to use a sharp needle that won’t rip the tissue and strong thread that won’t break. You may also attach the ruffle foot to your sewing machine, set it to the widest stitch and gather.

  •  To secure stem to to base of gathered tissue, apply a small amount of hot glue.

  •  Continue rolling gathered paper unto stem and applying glue to base of petals until finished.


Notes: The above dimensions are suggestions. Ultimately, explore with different sizes of papers and folds to create your unique flowers. Record your findings in pictures and writing for later reference.

Gauge is used to measure the size or thickness of wire. Higher numbers signify smaller softer wires; while lower numbers represent stronger sturdier wire.

 A running stitch is a line of small even stitches that goes in under; and out above; through the fabric; in this case paper. Try for stitches about 3/8” wide. If some stitches are uneven, don’t sweat it; it won’t matter in the end.

Opt for a thinner needle that won’t rip your paper.


Above: Top left; for flowers that look like carnations, use strips about 40-inches wide and gather tightly. At centre: for flowers that are wide open, use strips around 20-inches long and tight gathers. Bottom: Strips about 20 inches long and moderately gathered will produce flowers that look like roses.


Gathering petals and outcomes

Above: at the top, the flower is made with double layers of strips that are 40 inches long and 2 1/4” wide, with tight gathers. The fullness of the gathers and the length of the tissue causes it to curl and will not lay flat. As a result, it will turn out a full open flower like a carnation.

The petals in the middle are also made with two 2 1/4” wide strips and tightly gathered. But they are 20” long. Because of the lesser amount of gathers, it generates an open flower with a visible bud.

The petals at the very bottom are made with double layered strips that are 3” wide and 20” long. It creates a flower that resembles a rose. The extra 3/4” of petal height doesn’t allow the flower to open as in the ones at the top and centre. If you add additional gathered strips of the same width, you will get a rose that’s wider in diameter.

Tighter or looser rolling will also affect the outcome of your flower. Tightly rolled flowers with less gathers produces a flower that looks like an opening bud. While fuller gathers turn out opened petals regardless of how it’s rolled. Even so, they aren’t the only factors that affect a flowers’ width and shape.  Deeper cut petals fall lower and wider, whilst shallow cut petals produce a more compact flower.

Gift toppers and larger flowers

If using flowers without stems, as gift toppers, attach at base, to ribbon or packaging. Using this method to create flowers larger than 6 or 7 inches in diameter requires a base.

This post doesn’t cover how to make larger or giant size tissue paper flowers using this technique. Please bear with me as I work to bring you instructions. In the meantime, if you are having difficulty with any of the above instructions, kindly leave your questions in the comments section. I’ll answer as soon as I can.

For now, when the mercury drops and you need a pick-me-up, grab a pair of scissors; and a package of tissue paper in your favorite hues and craft some pretty paper flowers.


 As always, thank you for stopping by.


 If the lord will; see you next time.