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close-up of several pink, red, and yellow paper flower pencil toppers in a mug

How To Make Pretty Tissue Paper Flower Pencil Toppers!

By Brenda Ponnay

It’s that time again! Time to go back to school. Except this year, a lot of you are going back to school at home and that brings a bunch of new challenges.

We’re hoping it can also bring some pleasant surprises… like maybe something pretty for your desk?! If the kids  have to do school at home, they might as well do it their way and for us, that’s a pencil holder full of tissue paper flowers!

close-up of bouquet of multi-colored tissue paper flowers held by teen girl

Supplies needed to make pretty Tissue Paper Flower Pencil Toppers:

  • tissue paper, in roughly 5×7 sheets, in pretty colors
  • floral tape
  • floral wire (or any easy to manipulate wire)
  • wire cutters
  • pencils
  • scissors (not shown)

overhead photo of tissue paper and supplies to make paper flowers

Now let’s get started!

four photos showing a teen girl making a tissue paper flower with floral wire

How to make pretty Tissue Paper Flower Pencil Toppers:

1. First, take two sheets of tissue paper and accordian-fold them in small inch-to-half-inch folds.

2. Then cut a length of wire (double what you want your stem length to be (12 inches roughly). Use your wire cutters to snip it. Don’t ruin your household scissors.

3. Fold your tissue paper-accordion in half and lay your wire in the fold.

4. Bend the wire over the fold and twist the wire over itself to hold the tissue paper secure and tight.

5. Then take your tissue paper all in one rectangle and carefully round the edges to make petals (see below)

four photos of close-up of hands fanning out tissue to make paper flower

6. Next, separate your petals and start to fluff them apart from each other. Fluff fluff fluff. If this seems familiar you might remember doing it from this craft. Same method just on a much smaller scale.

two photos of a close-up of hands applying floral tape to a red paper flower

7. Once your petals are all pulled away from each other and fluffed into a circle shape, now it’s time to wrap your stem in floral tape. This step is tricky but worth learning. If you master it you can create your own boutonniere and save yourself loads of money on corsages and other floral design. Floral tape stretches and becomes sticky so peel off a tiny bit of tape and wrap it around the base of your flower.

Pull it to release its stickiness and wrap it onto itself. This might take a few rounds before your initial starting tape is good and stuck down. Once it is secure start pulling the tape downwards at an angle and wrap it around your wire stem. The more vertical you pull the tape the less tape you’ll have to use so stretch and pull gently until you have covered the entire stem (see the pictures below).

three photos of close-up of red tissue paper flower creation

8. When you get to the bottom, reverse your angle and wrap the tape back upwards towards the flower for a few rotations. Tear your tape and stretch it and stick it down. It should stick to itself and become invisible.

two photos of teen girl attaching red tissue paper flower topper to pencil

9. Now that your flower and stem are complete. Take the stem of your flower and corkscrew it around your pencil. (see pictures above)

So easy right? Repeat as many times as you like and create a whole bouquet of flower pencils!

close-up of small red and pink tissue paper flower

You can even switch up your tissue paper colors and petal cutting techniques to create different looking flowers. Experiment with combinations. For the above we cut sharp angles for petals and it turned out to look more like a carnation.

four photos showing how to make a red paper flower with yellow center

Here, we added twice as much tissue and used a half size of yellow in the center to create a ruffled poppy look. The possibilities are endless!


close-up of paper flower pencil toppers in a cup

These make great gifts. Give a bouquet to a teacher or your mom or even hand them out for valentines when that rolls around later in the school year. Or, just keep them on your desk and turn that pencil cup into a vase of flowers that will never need water!

More Paper Crafts:

1. Big Impact, Little-Effort Tissue Flower Arrangement
2. Hanging Rainbow Paper Plate Craft
3. Easy Spring Flower Garland DIY



About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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