Tissue Paper Sunflowers

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These have to be my favorite of all the tissue paper flowers I have made. They are easy, quick and they look real! It took me about 3 hours to make a dozen. I made them while I was watching TV one night.

 Here’s Whacha Need

  • Yellow  and green tissue paper
  • Black crepe paper (streamer paper)
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue Stick
  • Bamboo Skewers or pipe cleaners
  • Floral tape
  • Pencil
  • Something with a 4 to 4 1/2 inch diameter to trace and an 1 1/2 inch diameter to trace

How’s How Ya Do It

First, make a flower template on a piece of paper. To do this trace something that is about 4 to 4-1/2 inch diameter. I used a vase.

Before I go any farther I do apologize for these pictures. It was raining hard and very dark. Lighting was terrible for taking pictures.

Continuing on…

I cut out the circle and folded it into fourths to find the middle, the traced a smaller circle (about 1 1/2 inch) in the center.

Next, fold in half 4 times then open back up. I used the creases in the paper as a guide to place the petals.

The petals were free-handed.

Do this to half of the flower the fold back in half and cut out petals.

Fold the long side of a piece of tissue paper  as wide as the template. Cut leaving a folded edge. Fan fold the paper as big as the template as many times as possible. This way you can cut out several flowers at once.

Lay the template on top and trace.

Before you cut, line up all the folds and hold them in place with a paper clip. You still need to be careful to keep them lined up as you cut. Open up the flowers and press open the petals on the fold.

Fan fold the crepe paper 16 times.

ewww! sorry it’s so blurry! Using the same thing you traced  for the middle of the flower trace a circle on the crepe paper. Cut out and leave stacked.

Stack 3 flowers on top of each other making sure petals are staggered.

Lay the crepe paper circle in the middle.

I used two sewing machine needle to make holes in the center of the flower. I left the first in to help me hold everything in place while I  poked the second needle through.

Remove the needles and insert wire ends through both holes.

Pull wire through.

Twist wire together all the way down. I only showed you part of the twisted wire.

Take the first layer of crepe paper and scrunch it together.

Do all 16 layers, one at a time.

One at a time, scrunch up each flower around the black crepe paper.

This was hard to demonstrate and take pictures. Using your fingers carefully spread the flowers and the outer edge of the center out. This “opens up” the flower.

Whew!!! We are half way there!!!! Done with the flower part. Now for the leaves and the stem.

Ok. First make a template of the leaf on paper. This is white paper. I think the blue from my curtains reflected off  and gave this a blue tint.

Fan fold the tissue paper several times to fit the leaf template. I folded the whole sheet. Trace the template several times and cut the out. Leave them stacked.

I used 3 leaves per flower and made 12 flowers so, I needed to cut 36 pieces of wire about 3 inches long.

Dip the wire into the glue to cover as much wire as the leaf is long.

Lay wire on top of leaf.

Lay another leaf on top of that. Let dry while you make the green bud leaves.

Ok I admit it. I forgot to take pictures of each step for this, but I know you  intelligent enough to figure this out. Free hand something that looks like a 6 pointed star. I did make a template first. And like before I fan folded the paper to fit so I can cut out several at a time.

Using a glue stick put some glue on the bottom of the flower.

Poke a hole in the center and slide up to glue to the bottom of the flower.

Now the tricky part. Place the pointed end of the bamboo stick at the bottom of the flower right next to the wire. You can wrap the wire around the stick if you want. Using floral tape start wrapping the wire and sticks close to the flower as you can get. Continue to wrap down the stick.

Wherever you want to add a leaf, place it on the stick and keep wrapping with the floral tape. Do this with all 3 leaves.

When you are done it should look something like this.

Man!! I think it took me longer to type up the directions than it did to make all the flowers!!! My fingers are tired!!!!

Flowers are a great way to share with others how much God love them. Just look closely at a flower and notice all the detail God puts into one. Jesus said, “not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:29) If God puts that much attention and detail into a flower that is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more attention and detail will He put into you and your life? When people compliment you on these sunflowers cease the opportunity and share with them how God has met your needs and there really is  nothing to worry about. (Matthew 6:25-34) Tell them that God takes delight in every detail of their life. (Psalm 37:23)

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!!! Happy making!



26 Responses to Tissue Paper Sunflowers

  1. Jayne says:

    Would love to hear from you!! Let me know if these directions were easy enough to follow and how yours turned out!!!

    • Jenn Hayes says:

      Thanks Jayne, these look great and easy to make. My family and I walk in the Rely for Life in memory of my late husband Mark. This year the theme is yellow and I thought yellow sunflowers and I am going to put a photo of my loved ones as the centre. So thank you and God Bless.


      • Jayne says:

        What a sweet way to remember your husband! I also lost my mom to cancer. You can make these any size you want. If you want to make them bigger, you can use black napkins for the center. They are a little harder to separate the layers, but I have a hard time finding black tissue paper. May the Lord bless you and your family.

  2. astrophann@shaw.ca says:

    They’re beautiful :-)

  3. Maria says:

    These look fabulous. I’m on my way to get supplies, I’ll keep you posted. About how long is the leaf?

    • Jayne says:

      So glad you like them! The leaf is about 1 1/2 inches or so. You can make them as big as you like. Sunflowers have really big leaves. Please let me know how yours turn out.

  4. Brooke says:

    thanks so much!!!! these are the only step-by-step directions I could find anywhere on the net to make tissue paper sunflowers and they turned out super cute!!! you would think they were real unless you got right up on them :) I made a whole bunch of them for a party I’m decorating for next week. I’m putting several in a vase (ale8 bottles I spray painted with black chalkboard paint) and tied raffia around the neck of the “vases”

  5. shelby Petersen says:

    Thank you sooo much i love these flowers im gonna make a bunch for my baby shower the theme is sun flowers and bumble bees and daisys and lady bugs these are so cute cheap and easy to do and i can make bequests with them thanks again and great directions

    • Jayne says:

      Thank you, Shelby! Sunflowers and bumble bees sound sweet for a baby shower! I’ve been thinking about doing some daisies. I’m still working on that. Maybe for now you could use the sunflower pattern on a smaller scale and use white paper instead of yellow for the pedals and yellow paper instead of the brown/black paper for the center. I found this link for daisies, but it’s a little more work than I would want to do. (I’m lazy! haha) I may give it a try myself and see if I can simplify it. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Paper-Daisies/
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  6. shelby Petersen says:

    Maby you also know how to make daisys i cant find any ideas i like or directions you can also add me on face book

  7. Rose says:

    looks cool :) I’ll try it!

    • Jayne says:

      Thank you! They are really easy to make.

      • Rose says:

        Yes! They are. Thank you. They are just adorable!:D

      • Rose says:

        Did you make that pattern up your self?

        • Jayne says:

          Yes I did. I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere. My daughter was getting married and to save money we played with the idea of paper flowers for the wedding. We grew them instead. Haha Still, I enjoy making them and using them around the house.

          • Rose says:

            Oh awesome! I’m making them for my sister’s wedding! They really are fun to make. :) We are considering growing sunflowers to go along with the fake ones. I searched everywhere for a patter for paper sunflowers, and this is the only one I found that actually worked!Thank you so much!!! 😀

          • Jayne says:

            Real ones would look great with the paper flowers. If you don’t mind some advise, plant some sunflowers, then plant some more a little later. I only planted one time and they bloomed 2 weeks too early and was scrambling to find some. Thankfully a high school friend of mine is a florist and graciously gave me some. I’m so glad you’re having fun making them. So easy to do while watching TV.

  8. Rose says:

    Good to know. I hadn’t really put into thought as to when they would bloom! Planning weddings get crazy sometimes. =) Thank you so much for your help and advice! This verse keeps popping into my mind as I work on these sunflowers: Matthew 5:16

  9. I couldn’t resist. After you told me that you get alot of hits on your tissue paper sunflowers I had to check it out. Sure enough, when I googled it you are the first thing to come up! I would much rather be first in Google for tissue paper sunflowers than carpet worms. Just sayn’….LOL!

    • Jayne says:

      bahahahahaha You do have a point! I just Googled carpet worms and there you are! You should link the two posts so people can get a good laugh and you may just get some more views. haha.

  10. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I am making Giant ones for my daughters ladybug girl birthday party. Very creative and super cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Jayne says:

      You are welcome! A ladybug theme sounds wonderful! How cute to see a ladybug sitting on a giant sunflower! Love it! I would love to hear how it turns out.

  11. MJ says:

    You are so blessed. Love your creativity. Thank you so much!!

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