Make your own paper flowers

We love making these Moana-inspired paper flowers. They are so bright and beautiful and, best of all, never die! They are also a super affordable and easy activity for your little ones. You can make small ones to tuck into your hair or behind your ear, or big ones to make into your own bouquet.  The colour possibilities are only limited by the colours of tissue paper at your local store.

What you will need:

3 x pieces of tissue paper

(Approx. 30cm long and any width you like – the wider it is the bigger the flower. This flower was made with a piece around 20cm wide, but to make small ones for behind your ear you might like to go with around 10cm wide)

1 x pipe cleaner

1 x pair of scissors

Step 1:

Lay out your pieces of tissue paper on top of each other. The colour at the top will be the colour in the middle of your flower.


Step 2:

Make an approximately 2cm fold with the tissue paper on the short edge (width), as shown in the picture above.


Step 3:

Flip the tissue paper over so the bottom colour is now facing up and fold it back on itself. The same way as making a paper fan! Repeat this process until you have folded all the tissue paper up into a fan.


Step 4:

Fold the pipe cleaner in half and slide over the tissue paper ‘fan’. The colour that’s closest to the fold of the pipe cleaner is the colour that will be in the centre of the final flower – the lilac purple will be in the centre of my flower and the hot pink will be the outside petal colour.


Step 5: 

Twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner together to make a ‘stalk’.


Step 6: 

Using the scissors cut a pattern for your petals. In this one, I have done rounded corners, but you can make any shape you like – pointy, wavy etc.


Step 7:

Unfold your fan around the pipe cleaner by drawing the edges from each end to meet one another – as shown in the picture. You will start to see your flower coming to life now!


Step 8:

Peel the top piece of tissue paper away from the others and pull upward. Do this all the way around the first layer and then repeat with the bottom layers.


Step 9:

Enjoy your beautiful flower!


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