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Jumbo Tissue Paper Flowers


These jumbo tissue flowers are crazy easy to make, and boy do they ever make a statement! You can mix and match the colors, or use graduated colors for an ombre effect. And just when you think they are done – boom – add some glitter to make them POP even more! Here is my video tutorial, but I also have printable directions too!

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Creative Hobbies® Rainbow Color Tissue Paper Bonus Pack, 20″ x 26″ Sheets, Assorted Colors, Pack of 100 Sheets!

Chenille Stems 6mm 12-Inch, 100/Pkg, Kelly

Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761J)

Optional: glue and glitter


Directions: Take eight or nine layers of tissue – the full sheets – and stack them. Accordion fold them all the way to the end, then snip a notch in the middle and wrap the chenille stem around the notch. Start with the top tissue and carefully lift it up to the center, then repeat with the other layers. The flower will become big and fluffy! Take a wide brush and dip in glue and tap the edges of the petals, then add the glitter. Shake away the excess!

Here are some I came across in Mexico!


You can use these to make a photo backdrop, or line an arch or string along the ceiling. My favorite thing about these jumbo tissue flowers is giving them away to people – their whole face lights up!

Here is another version for you!

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Love & light,


Let’s make beautiful tissue paper flowers to celebrate May 5!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Celebrate by learning how to make Mexican paper flowers! This flower craft for kids is fun and easy for all ages (and adults) and requires just a few supplies.

A bunch of colorful tissue paper flowers arranged on a wooden background

I wanted to share this tissue paper pom-pom flowers craft that you can make with your kids to add some color to your life this week. 

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Tissue Paper Flowers Craft

While we are making this for our Cinco de Mayo celebration, these are homemade flowers that can be made for any holiday or just because you want some colorful decoration in your home.

supplies for making pom pom mexican paper flowers like tissue paper, twine, stapler and pipe cleaners laid out on a wood surface

Supplies for Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers

You only need a couple of supplies to make these beautiful Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers:

Instructions for making Mexican Paper Flowers

Step 1

Fold the tissue paper sheets in half or cut between 5-8 sheets into rectangles.

tissue paper folded in accordian style and stapled in the center for making mexican paper flowers for cinco de mayo crafts


Step 2

Then, fold the tissue paper pages like an accordion.

Staple them together in the middle.

Each layer of tissue paper is pulled to the center to make the paper tissue paper flowers
Step 3

Start pulling every single sheet up from one half (it doesn’t matter on what side you start) and then do the other half.

Each half will meet in the middle to create the crinkled flower look.

Tissue paper flowers is done and displayed on a wood background
Finished Tissue Paper Flowers

The great thing about doing this craft with kids is that it doesn’t matter if their paper gets all crinkled and smashed.

It will still look like a flower at the end!

Make each one in different colors to make your Cinco de Mayo decorations colorful.

Colorful tissue paper pom poms displayed on a wood surface for cinco de mayo decorations

Using Mexican Flowers for Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Make several of them and attach them on some string to display it as flower garland. 

A orange mexican paper flowers is hanged for display while other mexcian paper flowers are displayed on the wood surafce below.

Or, you can attach them to pipe cleaners, and display them in a vase.

However you use them, they will beautify your area!

Our Experience Making Paper Flower Decorations

This year for Cinco de Mayo, we are going to string these in our living room and make yummy Shredded Beef Tacos in crock pot. I don’t know if it’s just my kids, but my children love a “festive” meal, even small touches, like Cinco de Mayo decorations, get them excited.

Sometimes, I let them set the ambiance, and it’s interesting what they add as centerpieces. We’ve had pirate swords, legos, and candles set out before as table centerpieces by my boys. 

This year we will have more Mexican flowers in the mix!

Active Time5 minutes

Total Time5 minutes


Estimated Cost$0


  • 5-8 tissue paper sheets
  • stapler/staples
  • (optional) colored string
  • (optional) pipe cleaner


  1. Fold the tissue paper sheets in half or cut between 5-8 sheets into rectangles.
  2. Fold the tissue paper sheets like an accordion and staple in the middle.
  3. Pull each sheet from the outside to the inside creating a crinkled flower look.
  4. Make stems with pipe cleaners or hang with colored string.

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Looking for more Cinco De Mayo fun? Check out these fun Cinco de Mayo crafts and recipes:

One Mexcian tissue paper flower displayed on a vase and other pom poms flowers are displayed in front of the vase

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Introduction: Mexican Paper Flowers

These tissue paper flowers are lovely and exuberant, surprisingly easy to make, and infinitely customizable. I think I was taught how to make them in elementary school, but I had completely forgotten about them until a few years ago when I was getting ready for a party. After a few misfires, I got the hang of it again. 

Step 1: Materials

6 Sheets tissue paper
1 Pipe cleaner

Step 2: Select and Stack

-Select six sheets of tissue paper.

-These flowers are all about so choose a combination that suits your event. You can use bright, contrasting colors for a particularly festive look (pic 2), or soft, related colors for a pretty, natural effect. (pic 1)

-Stack the paper neatly.

-The color that you want as the center of your flower should be on top.

-Likewise, the color on the bottom will be the back of the flower. I usually make this layer green to look like leaves.

Note: Using whole sheets of paper makes a fairly large flower. If you would like to create smaller flowers, You can cut your stack in half, lengthwise. (pic 2)

Step 3: Fold

Now you will fold your stack in a 1 inch accordion fold (pic 4). This is just like making a paper fan.

-With your stack in portrait position , take the bottom, short side of your stack and fold it up, about an inch. (pic 2)

-Flip your stack over, take your preexisting fold, and fold it upwards another inch.

-Flip the stack again, fold and repeat until your stack is a one inch strip. (pic 3)

Don't Worry,  folding tissue paper is not an exact science, so don't worry if your folds aren't completely parallel or exactly an inch.

Step 4: Tie

-Take a pipe cleaner (the color doesn't matter as it won't be seen) and fold it over the middle of your strip. (pic 1)

-The pipe cleaner should fold over the side that shows your top color. (The line of pink in both pics)

-Then twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together so that it is securely fastened around the center of your paper strip. (pic 2)

Note: If you are having trouble finding the middle, simply fold your strip in half, and secure the pipe cleaner at the fold.

Step 5: Cut

Here is where you get to be creative! 

-Cut each end into a petal shape.

-Petals can be rounded (pic 1), jagged (pic 2), pointy (pic 3), fringed, square, whatever. You can even make a lace edge, like a snowflake.

Important:  Be sure that your cuts are at least an inch deep, toward the pipe cleaner at the center. This ensures that the flower will fan out properly.

Step 6: Unfold

.-Hold the strip so that the pipe cleaner ends are pointing down.

-Unfold the stack on both sides of the pipe cleaner, the same way you would open a fan.

-The two sides should open into a circular shape, as pictured.

Note: If yours does not open widely enough, you probably need to make deeper petal cuts.

Step 7: Peel

-Being careful not to tear the paper, separate the top piece of tissue. (pic 1)

-Peel the layer up and towards the center. It should stand up in a nice ring. (pic 2)

-Repeat with each layer of paper. (pic 3)

Step 8: Enjoy


-Use the pipe cleaner to attach your flower to whatever you would like to adorn.

It is really fun to play around with different color combinations and petal shapes. Mixing large and small flowers also gives a nice effect. Tissue paper is pretty cheap, so stock up and go wild!

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