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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Written by: | Published: March 14, 2013 | Updated: April 02, 2024

Making tissue paper flowers is a fun craft you can easily create with the kids. I’ll show you how to make tissue paper flowers using tissue paper or coffee filters. This is a quick paper craft you can make for a variety of occasions.

Add your own artistic touch, even if you aren’t a painter, by using coffee filters and watercolor paints. Learn how to make these fun paper flowers in minutes!

hand-painted-coffee-filter flowers
hand-painted-coffee-filter flowers by Jen Goode

How to make tissue paper flowers

You can make these quick and easy paper flowers with tissue paper or coffee filters. I like using coffee filters because the paper is a little thicker than standard tissue paper but still easy to shape and color.

I’ll also show you how to make your own pretty flowers for decor and party ideas. You’ll be able to make an entire bouquet of these pretty flowers in no time. Bring spring inside, even if there’s still snow on the ground outside.


  • Coffee filters
  • Watercolor paint set and brush
  • Green pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
  • 1/4″ wide Ribbon – I used green
  • Spray bottle


  1. First, paint the coffee filter with the paints. Don’t worry about being too detailed, you’ll want the colors to bleed together, so just basic stripes and shapes will work best.
  2. Using a spray bottle, lightly spray the coffee filter until damp. Allow to dry.
  3. Grab the center of the coffee filter and pinch between your finger.
  4. Twist the center until you have a cone shape.
  5. Tie ribbon around the pointed end of the cone to hold it in place.
  6. Wrap the end of a chenille stem over the ribbon to create a stem.
  7. Optionally you can create leaves and other accents if you’d like.

Painting Coffee filters to make tissue paper flowers

Apply color in layers to the coffee filter. I like to paint along the circle shape of the coffee filter for a pretty blended look. Experiment with different painting designs to see how the colors will look with your flowers.

Supplies you need to paint coffee filters to making tissue paper flowers
Supplies you need to paint coffee filters to making tissue paper flowers
Apply layers of paint to the coffee filters
Apply layers of paint to the coffee filters
Use bold colors for your tissue paper flowers
Use bold colors for your tissue paper flowers

Check out my full-color tutorial to make your own tissue paper flowers over at The Country Chic Cottage.

How to make a hand painted tissue flower
Hand-painted tissue flower

You can make all kinds of flower arrangements in different colors using these tissue paper flowers. Experiment with different color combinations and flower sizes.

Play with different levels of paint vs water to see how the colors blend. If you don’t have paint, you can also use washable markers by drawing designs on the coffee filter and then spray with water to bleed the colors together.

Have fun, and stop back by to tell me about it. I’d love to see what you create!

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Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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