*Vintage* Tissue Paper Flowers

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Have you ever made flowers from tissue or crepe paper? We did this all the time when I was a girl. I think of them as vintage or old-fashioned. I am co-hosting a double baby shower this weekend. My co-host is in charge of the games (blah, I hate doing the games, lol) and I am in charge of the food and decorations. We (read that *I*) set the theme VINTAGE Baby. We have a girl baby (Eliana Elise) and a boy baby (Silas James) so we're going to have lots of pastels...blue, pink, green, yellow and lavender. I've collected a lot of the vintage Napco baby planters and needed something to put in them. Our budget is limited and I'd rather spend it on food and such, not live plants or flowers. If it was summer, I'd be raiding peoples gardens but alas, the flowers are done for the year.

After some thought, I settled on making pastel colored paper flowers. I've told a few people of this plan and they look at me like I've sprouted another head. Never heard of paper flowers? Well, they are easy, fun and best of all very budget friendly. I got a multi-pack of pastel tissue paper at Dollar Tree. That is enough for 60 flowers. The only other supplies needed are floral wire, floral tape, scissors and a wire cutter (unless you buy precut wire).

I am sharing a video tutorial for making paper flowers and will be sharing lots more from the shower in the next week including recipes and tablescapes. My flowers differ only in that I use a wire instead of string and then floral tape the wire to form a stem.

Sharing at:
Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday
Debra's Vintage Inspired Friday
Laurie's Favorite Things


  1. These are really pretty, Gail! I am going to check out the video and see if I can manage it!! Nicely done!


  1. I made them as a kid Gail, they're really neat! Have fun:@)

  1. Those are so pretty and perfect for a shower! I remember making kleenex flowers too!

  1. Denise said...:

    They are lovely no matter what those unimaginative people might think. I think they are going to look wonderful in your planters. One year I helped make tissue paper flowers for a church float. Talk about tired of them...but the float was really pretty and it didnt rain that day!

  1. Pam said...:

    Those are going to look so cute in the Napco planters. I made a bouquet of these for my room when I was a kid. I think I had a kit or something to make them with though.

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    I do remember making these as a kid...they are so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :D

  1. Maureen said...:

    They look fabulous! I love that you are decorating around the vintage Napco planter. They seem to be all the rage right now.

  1. I remember making these as a teenager. Thanks for bringing back some memories!

  1. BonjourRomance said...:

    What a beautiful baby shower you will have. I remember making these when I was a teenager. All the old ideas are the best, great for topping a gift.
    Good day,

  1. LV said...:

    Thanks for your suggestion on making the tissue flowers. I have tried that in the past, but they did not turn out as well as yours. I like that little baby planter.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    I remember making thousands of those in college to cover the homecoming float. But we made them with tissues, and then they were sprayed...many bloody fingers from the wire!
    Yours look very colorful and I can't wait to see posts about the shower!I remember making many cakes shaped like bassinets for baby showers.Very time consuming!

  1. Amy Kinser said...:

    Very cool little flowers. What a neat and fun project.

  1. Postcardy said...:

    I remember making "carnations" from Kleenex. I really like your colored tissue paper ones.

  1. Johanna said...:

    Hi Gail,
    your flowers look beautiful and I am sure they will make a wonderfull decoration for the baby showers. I learned to make similar flowers from paper napkins from a Spanish girl when I was in school. She told me that her family in Spain always make such decorations for big processions. I used them for the party after the first communion of my daughter. You are right, this makes a wonderful and budget friendly decoration and you get the flowers exactly in the color you want. Thank you for the the great tutorial.
    Greetings, Johanna

  1. love the planter, super cute and the flowers just reminding me the good old days when I was a kid, making these flowers for school projects.. thanks for sharing! have a great week!

  1. Marlis said...:

    Oh thank you so much for sharing. I need to make some for our patio parties and needed this tutorial... Love those old planters. Drop by and see the placemats.. the table turned out great (IMHO)...

  1. Anna said...:

    Very pretty flowers, lovely idea for the shower. Thanks for the tutorial - I'm definitely bookmarking this post.

  1. Thanks for the video. I have been wanting to try this and might do this for new years in silver and white. ~~Sherry~~

  1. Lori said...:

    I am on the Baby and Bridal Shower Team at our church and have helped put together many MANY showers ... alas we have never made tissue flowers. THANK YOU for the tutorial. I can see that tissue flowers will bloom at our next event! Lori

  1. AshTreeCottage said...:

    What wonderful memories these flowers brought back! I used to make them with my friends and my Mom when I was a child.

    Susan and Bentley

  1. Denise said...:

    Oh boy I'm so happy I passed by and met one more Little sister.Your flowers are very pretty.I've made ribbon flowers, but I think paper makes for a fuller flower.Please drop by and join me for a cup of tea or friendship.I'm one of your new followers.The lord God bess you.

  1. Betsy said...:

    I love these. I watched the video and I think I may be making some of these beauties. It made me think about my grandmother teaching me to make tissue paper roses when I was about ten.
    Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting with me.

  1. House Revivals said...:

    The shower is going to be darling -- love the idea of incorporating vintage planters! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  1. Tammy said...:

    How sweet! Love vintage anything but especially baby vintage.

  1. Made many of these in the past. I am having my 100th blog giveaway so hope you will stop by. Blessings, Debbie

  1. Tammy said...:

    Thank you for following me! I'm following you right back!

  1. Coloradolady said...:

    What a sweet shower this is going to be!! I love the look of the tissue flowers....it is a lot of punch for very little money!! Happy VTT!

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    I remember these! Never made them but I can bake. Does that count? ♥O

  1. Shabbygalsnest said...:

    What a pretty inexpensive decoration! Will be watching that tutorial! Looove that clock it reminds me of one I had while growing up except mine had birds on it. Traci

  1. NanE said...:

    I hosted a baby shower last summer and made tissues paper flowers too! They were cheap, fast and were a great touch. I love the colors you picked and they look so sweet in that vintage buggy. Have a great weekend, Nan

  1. Deb S. said...:

    These are so beautiful! The planters are wonderful too. They are both a perfect addition to any baby shower! Thanks for stoppin by! You are so very talented!!!!

  1. These are darling, Gail, you had a great idea for the baby shower. The vintage containers are wonderful. I received a few with my girls and saved them for them. Thanks for linking up with VIF!!

  1. Mimi said...:

    I remember making those tissue flowers as a kid...I need to try them again!

  1. xinex said...:

    Your paper flowers are so pretty. Love the pastel colors. I remember making those in elementary school and that was eons ago, lol....Christine

  1. Pat said...:

    These are wonderful. I've made many tissue paper flowers. Fun! I have made paper roses, also. That one is a little bit more involved than the regular flowers, but fun also.

  1. Hi Gail, your flower poms are beautiful and look darling in the vintage baby stroller. I loved the video it's been ages since I've made any. Will have to do that for gift packages. Thanks for popping over to the High Street Cottage, I love visitors. Hope you'll come back soon for our giveaway next week, hugs tami

  1. Gail, it's been a long time since I thought about tissue paper flowers. I made LOTS of them for a Sweetheart banquet when I was a young teenager. Yours are going to be a hit at the shower! Great idea you had. :-)

  1. I remember making these as a girl. It sounds like a wonderful idea for a shower (or two) :-)
    I wish I could share some of my flowers with you, they're still blooming around here.

  1. thanks for stopping by my page! I love the idea of the Napco vases - they are precious and the colors are perfect. I definitely remember making paper flowers and that reminds me now that I need to teach my sweet 5 yr old! -diane

  1. Cathy said...:

    I remember making these with my girlfriends when were were young. What a fun memory. I had forgotten all about these flowers but bet that my granddaughter would like to learn how to make a bouquet for her mommy.

  1. Kristen said...:

    Oh, you brought back some long forgotten memories of making flowers. I made them out of kleenex as well as tissue paper. What fun that was. Your flowers turn out so pretty. What a great decoration for a shower!

  1. Gail, they look so pretty. We used to make these. I'd forgotten about them. Thanks for the reminder. I'll watch the video to make sure I remember how to do it. Love those pastels. I look forward to seeing more about the shower. What fun these mothers and their guests are going to have with all of the vintage decor. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  1. Gwen (Pooh) said...:

    I'm not sure how I missed this before, but I remember making flowers like this when I was growing up, too! But I couldn't for the life of me remember HOW. LOL! Thanks! What a fun idea for any kind of shower or get together!

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