DIY Paper Peonies

Learn how to transform craft store tissue paper into these beautiful and realistic flowers.

Some of my favorite flowers in the entire world are peonies. If you have ever grown peonies, you know that they are definitely plants that require gardening patience. Peonies take time and seasons of growing to knock your socks off with their big luscious blooms and intoxicating fragrances. My peonies have been growing for years and I just adore their blooms. Each spring I yearn for their return. This year for an early fix, I decided to create peonies from tissue paper. They are simple, beautiful and I can’t wait to make a bunch for friends.

Learn How to Make Tissue Paper Peonies

Learn How to Make Tissue Paper Peonies

Tissue paper peonies appear real when the coloring inspiration is taken directly from nature.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

To make a bunch of peonies, you will need:

  • assorted colored tissue paper
  • scissors
  • green pipe cleaners
  • fake floral stamens
Cut the Tissue Paper for the Paper Peonies

Cut the Tissue Paper for the Paper Peonies

Tissue paper squares are cut to form the petals. Here yellow and pink are used for illustrative purposes.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

For illustrative purposes, I used yellow and pink tissue paper. To make one flower, cut 5 sheets of tissue paper into 6 inch squares. Repeat and cut another 5 sheets of tissue paper into 3 inch squares.

Add an Accordion Style Fold to the Tissue Paper Peonies

Add an Accordion Style Fold to the Tissue Paper Peonies

The papers are folded in an accordian fashion.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Center the small tissue paper squares on top of the larger squares and fold them accordion style. The fold width should be about 1 inch. Next, round off the ends with a pair of scissors. This creates the petals.

Trim The Ends of the Tissue Paper Peonies

Trim The Ends of the Tissue Paper Peonies

Next the edges are rounded to form the edges of the flower petals.

From: Melissa Caughey

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Melissa Caughey

Next fold the top 3 inches of a pipe cleaner onto itself.  Center 4 stamens into the pipe cleaner fold. Then, twist the pipe cleaner with the stamens onto the center of the flower like so.

Add the Stamens to the Tissue Paper Peonies

Add the Stamens to the Tissue Paper Peonies

The stamens are added with a pipe cleaner to hold the petals and stamens in place and form the stem.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Slowly begin at the center of the flower and spread apart the tissue paper. Work in the center of the flower and gently tease each layer of tissue paper apart toward the stamens. Continue working until all the petals are teased apart and your flower has “bloomed.”

The Tissue Paper Peonies are Formed

The Tissue Paper Peonies are Formed

The flower comes to life as the tissue paper layers are teased apart and pulled into the center toward the stamens.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Make as many as you like. Take a peek online at different colorations of peonies. Enjoy these clustered in a vase, tie them on gifts or even pin them on a lapel. The fun and possibilities are endless with these paper faves.

Create Different Colored Peonies

Create Different Colored Peonies

These peonies are based on colors that you would find in the garden. They almost look real.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

From a distance, you might mistake these for real flowers. The best part is that these will bloom all year long.

Share Your Tissue Paper Peonies

Share Your Tissue Paper Peonies

Display these flowers in a vase or share them with a friend.

From: Melissa Caughey

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

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