Tissue Paper Flowers  From Blue Bells and Cockel ShellsSola is absolutely and positively obsessed with flowers. So much so, that our garden rarely has any flowers in it, as she picks them all to give to people, wear in her hair, put in small vases on the nature table, and who knows what else she does with them. So I recently had an idea that if I taught her how to make tissue paper flowers, maybe she’d be content with those instead of constantly picking all of our live flowers. We spent the afternoon making tissue paper flowers and she loved them, but we have yet to see if this means I will be able to enjoy looking at my flowering garden this summer.
Tissue Paper Flowers  From Blue Bells and Cockel Shells
I had never actually made tissue paper flowers before and had to do a bit of internet searching to learn how to make them.
Tissue Paper Flowers  From Blue Bells and Cockel Shells
In general I found that there seem to be two basic approaches to making tissue paper flowers. The first method, which was easiest for Sola to cut, but proved to be a bit of a challenge for her to fold, used an accordion fold.
Tissue Paper Flowers  From Blue Bells and Cockel Shells
The second method of making flowers involved a quad paper fold, which was much easier for Sola to do. The cuts were a bit more complicated though.
Tissue Paper Flowers  From Blue Bells and Cockel ShellsRegardless of the method, after all the folding and cutting is done, arranging the tissue paper seemed to be the most important part in getting the flower to look more real. One issue we struggled with was that we were working with different types of tissue paper. Some of our tissue paper was quite stuff and almost translucent. This paper was the easiest to work with and did the best job of holding its shape. The other paper was flimsy, almost like fabric, and tended to flop and lose its folds. I’m not sure if the difference was the quality of the tissue paper or that some of it was bleeding and some of it was non-bleeding.Tissue Paper Flowers  From Blue Bells and Cockel Shells

For tissue paper flower patterns, check out my paper crafts Pinterest board: