Make: Tissue Paper & Twig Spring Flowers

Can I interest anyone in early spring…? When the cold has worn out its welcome, but flowers are still seeds sleeping deep down underground, grab a stick and some tissue paper and make it work!  Just a few long messy strips, scrinched & scrunched and hot glued at the ends, and huzzah! Spring has sprung, lovelies!

These tissue paper flowers have such a delicate quality and are such a beautiful way to brighten up a room naturally. As a bonus, you can find the DIY for the stem vases here – unbreakable + stackable, these are *perfect* tabletop accessories for young nature collectors and observers.

These DIY tissue paper and twig flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up a room, and a fun nature-inspired craft to celebrate an early spring! | via barley & birch

Stick these in a small pot filled with dirt (and real flower seeds) along with our melted crayon butterflies or Piatti-inspired garden art stakes for a naturally lovely kid-made Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift that’s sure to wow!

Hoping to plant some actual flowers this spring? It’s never too early to get your little ones involved and introduce them to the joy of growing their own gardens. You can find tons of great ideas plus tips and tricks to make the most of the season with our collection of over 50 spring gardening activities for kids.

To make tissue paper and twig flowers you’ll need:



Rather than trying to follow my directions word for word, I suggest just playing around with the materials and seeing what you like! It may take a flower or two to get the hang of it and figure out what styles or color combinations you like, but it is virtually impossible to mess up. Every different wrap or fold or experiment creates an interesting flower all its own.

Twig and Tissue Paper DIY Flower Instructions:

  1. Tear brightly-colored tissue paper into small strips

    Cut or tear some strips of tissue paper. For blooming flowers, the strips I cut were roughly 1-2 inches wide and 5-6 inches long. To make the single petals, I also cut some rough half-circle/square shapes in a couple of sizes so I could layer them. For the leaves, I cut out a few leaf-shaped pieces in different sizes.

  2. Wrap the tissue paper around the top of a twig and glue

    When your glue gun is hot and ready to go, simply glue one end of your tissue paper strip to the end of your stick – then just start wrapping! There is really no right way to do this – different kinds of wrapping produce a lovely variety of flowers!
    These DIY tissue paper and twig flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up a room, and a fun nature-inspired craft to celebrate an early spring! | via barley & birch

  3. Glue small tissue paper leaves to the twig stems

    Add leaves as you like! Try different shapes, sizes, and placements to create to add more variation to your early spring tissue paper flower bouquet.
    These DIY tissue paper and twig flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up a room and celebrate an early spring!

There are so many ways to create lovely flowers, and this time of year, twigs seem to be in endless supply, so do lots of experimenting and don’t worry too much about making mistakes!

To create different types of spring blooms try these tips…

  • You can bunch and scrunch the tissue paper as you go around to make a flower that looks like a Rose, Peony, or Ranunculus (one of my favorite varieties from my old home in San Diego!) Once you’ve finished twisting the paper strip around, secure it with another dot of glue. Gently use your hands to fold or shape it into the shape you want. Leave it as is, or layer another color or two around it, for a beautiful multi-colored flower.
  • For flowers that have multiple small blooms running up the stems (like budding Snapdragons, Lily-of-the-Valley, or Lilacs) use the glue gun to attach small, individual petals to the twig stem. You can space them out equally, moving up the stem, or keep them closer to the top.
  • To create flowers that look like Daffodils (also known as Narcissus), wrap your tissue tightly around the top of a twig, starting and finishing your wrap with a thin line of glue. Once finished, make a few vertical cuts in the tissue paper, then pull the strips apart. This creates a center stamen. Start another strip about 1-2 inches down, wrapping, then making cuts in the tissue – fold the cut pieces out away from the twig, creating the opened petals.
These DIY tissue paper and twig flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up a room and celebrate an early spring!

I hope you enjoy this little spot of color and relaxing snowy day activity while we wait patiently for the real thing…it’s coming! I promise!

For more indoor (mini!) gardening, hop over to our paper straw and play dough fairy forests or Peter Rabbit Garden next for two ideas that will help you create tiny spring gardens that can fit in a travel tin. Or use up extra sticks with our bunny & chick twig trees or pinecone & twig art hangers.

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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