Once upon a time I made these awesome hanging tissue paper flowers for a wedding. These were inspired by other tissue paper pom tutorials online, specifically the one from Martha Stewart.
My creation was inspired but slightly unique so I wanted to share with brides out there looking for a unique way to do DIY decorations. I hope you enjoy!
DIY Hanging Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial
Step 1: Cut rectangular pieces of tissue paper and stack 5 together.
The paper can be as big or as little as you want your flowers to be. I use smaller flowers so my rectangular paper pieces are 8 in by 4 in. For a bigger impact and less work, just make the rectangle pieces bigger for bigger flowers. You can stack more pieces together but I found 5 to be the sweet spot.
Step 2: Fold stack of tissue paper into an accordian fold.
Stack the papers together and start from the bottom folding back and forth. You don’t have to be perfect here, especially on the edges since you will cut them off!
Step 3: Tie folded tissue paper in middle with string, rope, or wire.
You can use almost any type of string to tie your paper together. I’ve used ribbon in this example but mostly use fishing line. Make sure the knot is secure
Step 4: Cut edges into more petal like rounded edges.
Use basic craft scissors to cut the edges off of your folded paper on both sides.
Step 5: Fan out tissue paper and fluff first layer up on both sides of the center.
Fan out one side of the layers and fluff up the first layer of tissue paper. Fan out the other side and fluff up the first tissue paper layer wrapping it around the first and squeezing them together.
Step 6: Fluff tissue paper inwards one layer at a time on both sides wrapping around the center.
Going back and forth between the sides fluff up the layers and wrap them around the previous layer. Don’t worry too much if you tear a layer or the edges don’t match up perfectly on the sides. It still ends up looking good!
Step 7: Measure & cut out fishing line for space where you will hang the flowers & decide on the distance between flowers to hang on the fishing line.
Before start hanging the flowers measure the space where they are going to be hanging. This might seem obvious but it’s very important. You’ll need to measure out the lines of fishing line and cut them before you start applying the flowers. Once you have all your lines cut this will also help you decide on the distance between flowers.
Step 8: Place a line of white craft glue on the back of a flower and place the fishing line through the glue.
Surprisingly the best glue I found for this process was basic white glue. The first step in applying the flowers is to apply a thin straight line of glue down the back of one of your completed flower halves. Then based on your measurements for the fishing line, find the right spot and slide the flower under the fishing line. Adjust the line so it goes through the glue.
Step 9: On the other flower, place glue around the outside edges.
On the other flower half apply glue around the edges and in the middle. Apply enough glue to make sure the tissue paper will stick but don’t overdo it.
Step 10: Put flower halves together & press edges together with glue to hold.
Place the two flower halves together and press them together. Press all the outside edges together to make sure it looks like one round pom instead of two halves. Fluff the nearby layers toward the center to give it a more round appearance.
Step 11: Let the glued paper flowers sit to dry.
This is important since the white glue isn’t the fastest drying glue. If you use something else it might cut drying time but I like to leave my flowers for a couple hours if not overnight to make sure everything has dried and the flowers will stay on the line.
Step 12: Hang lines of fishing line
After the paper flowers have dried all you have to do is hang the fishing line! You can tie the strings of hanging flowers from anything really. To hang the flowers from “nowhere” run an extra fishing line across a space horizontally and hang the lines from that.
Step 13: Enjoy your hanging tissue paper flowers!
Alternative: DIY Tissue Paper Flower Kit
If you love the look of these hanging tissue paper flowers but don't feel like going through all the steps listed above (or you aren't very crafty), you can purchase a DIY kit of pre-cut flowers from Martha Stewart.
Martha Stewart Crafts Pom Poms - This kit has easy to assemble pom pom tissue paper flowers you can make from pre-cut pieces. It saves you a lot of steps in the process that are more time consuming. You won't have to measure and cut, you can just fluff and hang! It's an easier way to accomplish the same type of look in case you are short on time. Each kit from Martha Stewart makes 5 pom poms and can coordinate color wise with your wedding or party colors.