Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms

I have always loved the look of cherry blossoms. They are so elegant and simple; they fit perfectly with my sense of style. Unfortunately there are no cherry trees around here, so I can’t just go picking branches up off the street. 🙁

So when I saw some beautiful cherry blossoms made out of tissue paper on Pinterest I knew I had to make some! The pin pointed back to a post by Kara at Creations By Kara who decorated for spring by making some of these flowers for her mantel. I don’t have a mantel (or a fireplace, or wall space, or an entryway, or anywhere to put decorations really…) but I decided I needed to make some anyway!

Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms

To recreate these flowers for yourself you need:

  • tissue paper
  • branches
  • scissors
  • a hot glue gun (or other glue)
  • a fun vase (optional)
  • a mantel (also optional)

The first step is to choose the tissue paper colors you’d like to use for your flowers. I used two different shades of pink, but the fun thing about these flowers is that you could make them out of any color and they’d still be awesome!

Fold up a piece of tissue paper so that you have a bunch of layers, then cut out a simple flower shape. Don’t worry too much about the shape, you’re going to fold them up later. I cut some out with four petals, some with five, some big, and some little. Just vary it up however you like! For reference, the big ones are about 2″ across and the little ones are about 1″.

Tissue paper flowers

Once you have your flowers cut out you need to crinkle them up into the cherry blossom shape. There’s no real art to crinkling the flowers, however you want to do it will turn out fine! I sort of “wrapped” the flowers around the tip of my finger and then grabbed the center/bottom and twisted it up real tight so it formed a point. Then I just fluffed the “petals” of the flower to give them a little volume.

Twisted tissue paper flowers

The top two flowers are made out of just one piece of tissue paper; to make the two on the bottom I stacked two differently colored flowers on top of each other (petals not overlapping) and then twisted them together.

Tissue paper flowers

Once you’ve made a bunch of flowers in whatever combinations of shapes, sizes, and colors you’d like you’re ready to glue them onto your branches! Place a small dab of hot glue onto the branch and press the pointy end of the twisted flower onto it. Hot glue is awesome for this project because it dries in about three seconds and holds really well, but any kind of glue will do in a pinch.

Gluing tissue paper flowers
Just a little dab will do ya!

I tried to glue the flowers at the natural knots and buds on the branches; it gives it a more natural look for the spacing of the flowers. Make sure you glue the flowers on all sides of the branch, not just the side facing up!

When you’re done just stick them in a fancy vase and voila, instant, non-perishable, reusable decor! (Or just stick ’em in an old beer bottle, that works too :-p)

Tissue paper cherry blossoms

Have you decorated for spring yet? Unlike my painted terra cotta pots I think these blossoms actually count as decor, so yay me!


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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Janel from NellieBellie says

    10 years ago

    I love pink blossoms!! Anytime of year. Kind of odd to see them in the middle of the winter. But..you would at my house! I’m odd like that :). Pinning!

    • Jessi @ Practically Functional says

      10 years ago

      I did these last year and took them down when fall came around. But in all fairness I still have some fall decor up in my house even though it’s basically spring now! I’m so bad at keeping up with seasonal decor.

  2. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    11 years ago

    So pretty!! I love the impact these little flowers have. Great job!

  3. Artsy VaVa says

    11 years ago

    Beautiful! I think I might do this with my kids at school for the last art class this week. Except I'll have them paint the branch or they'll be poking each other with the sticks! Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning it.

  4. Thrifty Miss Smith says

    11 years ago

    I love these sooo cute!! And you give a great tutorial 🙂 New follower!

  5. [email protected] says

    11 years ago

    These are so sweet! You did a great job! I love them! It could be repeated with any color tissue to go with any style or color palate 🙂 I have some lonely sticks calling out for these little tissue flowers!!

    Looks grrrreat!
    visiting from link up party!


  6. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says

    11 years ago

    So pretty…. And they don't die… Perfect!

    Thanks so much for sharing them with us this week!

    Take care,


  7. Jessi W says

    11 years ago

    We're loving Chicago too, it's pretty great! And how cool that your apartments were featured! What's the address of your comic blog? I'd love to check it out!

  8. Jessi W says

    11 years ago

    Aah, I'm so jealous you got to see them blooming each year, how fun!

  9. pinkoddy says

    11 years ago

    That is a lovely idea – so pretty.

  10. Heather says

    11 years ago

    Hey! I just stumbled upon your blog and YOU are interesting! I'm subscribing! My husband and I had 7 child free years in Chicago and loved it. I worked as an artist and he went to school. Several of our apartments were featured in magazines and on HGTV, not because they were big and fabulous but because I did a lot of rigging. :). Love the cherry blossom ideas. I have a comic blog now but I miss this kind of stuff. Glad to have found you!

  11. Holly from 300 Pounds Down says

    11 years ago

    I love pinterest and I really like this craft in particular . I grew up in DC and we always would go see the cherry blossoms every year. what a neat way to recreate it!

  12. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    11 years ago

    These are wonderful!! I love cherry blossoms as well. Thanks for showing this great tutorial! I'm glad you linked up at Romance on a Dime. I already pinned this!

  13. Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home says

    11 years ago

    These are SUPER cute!! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!

  14. Jessi W says

    11 years ago

    Glad to, your blog is adorable!

  15. Jessi W says

    11 years ago

    Thanks Megan!

  16. Megan says

    11 years ago

    They are so pretty!

  17. Debra Kapellakis says

    11 years ago

    Those are pretty.

  18. MN Housewives says

    11 years ago

    Your site is absolutely adorable! And all your posts are awesome, keep doing what you're doing 🙂 I'll be back for sure!

  19. Jessi W says

    11 years ago

    Pfft, it's definitely still the beginning of spring here in Chicago! Summer is a ways off, at least weather-wise 🙂

  20. Katie says

    11 years ago

    Decorated for spring? Ha. And now it's almost summer!

    How pretty. Those would look lovely in a few places in our house that I can think of–if I ever get around to trying them. ^_~

    I like the beer bottle vase–very urban chic, or something. ^_^

  21. Kendra says

    11 years ago

    Wow! That is very sweet, I may have make some for me. Usually by this time I would have real flowers all over the house, but the weird weather this spring has done its best to make that impossible 🙁

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