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Wedding reception DIY: paper flowers

Wedding reception DIY: paper flowers

Written by Katie Byrne

Make your own vibrant paper flowers with this fun project from top stylist Holly Becker


There are quite a few steps to these paper flowers, but they are well worth the time and once you have made a couple of them the process becomes faster. To make smaller versions just omit the inside yellow pieces and use fewer sheets, cut smaller, for the outer petals.


You will need...

- assorted colours of tissue paper

- fuzzy pipe cleaner

- scissors

#1 Carefully stack approximately 12 sheets of tissue paper, lining up all the edges carefully. We decided to use four yellow for the centre, these are stacked on top, then two or three white and then six sheets of orange. Start to fold all sheets over at the same time in 5cm/2-inch folds. Now fold back the other way, and repeat accordion style until you have folded all the paper.

#2 Unfold all the paper carefully and take out the yellow paper that will be used for the centre of the flower. Fold the yellow paper back in pleats, then fold the folded paper in half. Trim off half of the unfolded ends.

#3 Make 5cm/2-inch long cuts into the trimmed edge of the folded yellow paper.

#4 Now fold the white and orange sheets back up together and fold in half. Trim the unfolded edges together with a rounded edge for your petals. If you find them too thick to trim all together do half at a time.

Watch: how to make an origami wedding bouquet

#5 Carefully unfold all your papers, place them back in their original stacked order and then fold back up all together.

#6 Fold all the papers in half and wrap a pipe cleaner through the centre of the folded tissue paper. Twist to secure. 

#7 Start with one side of the yellow paper and gently pull out and fluff up one piece of the tissue. Separate each piece as you work through the layers of the tissue paper. Be careful not to pull too hard on the papers as they can rip easily.

#8 Continue on the other side, gently separating and pulling up each piece of the tissue paper and fluffing it until you have a full flower shape.

Project taken from Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, £20, (Jacqui Small), out now.

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