Transform Fake Flowers to Look Real

***I have two tutorials in this post on how to make two different kinds of tissue paper flowers. You will find how to make the frilly mum gift box toppers at the end of this post.

I know terrariums and succulents are all the rage right now, but I have to admit – they hold no appeal for me. I love nature and like to bring living things into my home whenever I can, but I go for it in the way of flowers.   Big flowers with huge blooms like hydrangeas and peonies.  Ooooh…la…la…  I love ’em!

With hub’s unemployment I haven’t bought any fresh flowers and rely on fake to give me my flower fix.

Last week while on Pinterest I came across this photo and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since.  I was in desperate need to have these flowers in my home.  I love everything about the room, but the simple white flowers – became an obsession! I had to have them, but how?

Linda McDonald DEsign

Linda McDonald Design

I know I could never find them fresh in my area this time of year and even if I did they would cost $20 or more, so I decided the only way I was going get them was to go fake, but even fake are expensive.   Instead, I did a little Semi-Homemade makeover on fake flowers I bought at the dollar store and used tissue paper flowers that I made to give the dollar store stems a makeover.

This is what I created by taking apart dollar store flowers and styling new blooms from tissue paper. I am very happy with how they turned out. Tissue Paper flowers with stems: Total cost:  $4.00.

tissue paper flowers step-by-step tutorial

After seeing that Pinterest photo I knew white blooms would make my dining room look a teeny tiny bit more like the room in the photo since it is done in all neutrals.

How to make a tissue paper flower bouquet tutorial

Since I have posted this post, I have updated my dining room. I stripped the table and used a driftwood finish on it. Now it looks more like the table in the inspiration photo from Pinterest above.



materials needed:

  • Tissue paper
  • Wire
  • Florist tape
  • Stapler
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Dollar Store flowers that have  medium/light green colored stems and leaves – not dark green stems.  You can even use real tree branches

1. Lay 5 layers of tissue paper cut to 8” x 14” on top of each other. Accordion fold,

2. Find center and staple. Then wrap a 5” piece of wire around. Round edges with scissors.

Paper flower tutorial

3. Carefully begin to spread out each layer of tissue paper to start forming the flower.

4. Fluff so that most of the petals are to one side, unless you want to make pom-pom flowers to hang.

Paper flower tutorial

5.  You can see the fake rose bouquet I bought at the dollar store in the left hand side of the photo below.  Pull off all the flower heads. You will expose the wire stem tops. You want to attach the tissue paper flowers to these wire stems.

How to make tissue paper flowers

6. I poked the tip into the center of the tissue paper flower and then wrapped the wire around the stem to secure. You could also bend the tip of the fake flower stem to create a hook to wrap the flower and the wire around. I did a few each way. Cover the wire with florist tape.

How to make paper flowers

In this photo you can see I have most of the tissue paper flowers attached to the fake bouquet stems.

How to make tissue paper flowers

BEFORE: White Rose bouquet I took apart on the right.   AFTER: Tissue paper flowers  on the left.

How to make tissue paper flowers

I used the fake bouquet because the work of arranging the heights of each stem/bloom is already done for you. You could also gather up a bunch of branches from your yard and attach the paper flowers.


To make them look more realistic – put water in your vase.

How to make paper flowers look real


There are so many ways to make gorgeous bouquets of paper flowers. Look what Aunt Peaches did with coffee filters.

How to make roses using paper

Aunt Peaches

Pretty roses from tissue paper.

How to make a paper rose

The Domesticated

I made a frilly one for the ribbon spool gift box in my last post. It resembles a mum.

Frilly-Paper-Flower Tutorial

1.  Fold over a piece of tissue paper lengthwise.  If you want big blooms – just make the space between the folds larger.  If you don’t want loop for the petals – trim the top of the folded paper so there are no folds.

2. Use scissors to cut the paper every 1/4 –inch along the length.

3.  Roll it up and place a staple on each side of the roll to secure.

4. Cut the excess paper away under staple. This will let the flower sit flat on a gift box.

5. Loopy flower. The purple and white flower is more frilly since the folds were cut off along the top of the length of folded tissue paper.

I also have peonies planted in my backyard, but…

…they are only this far along.  I will have to wait for a few more weeks before pretty pink blooms show up.


Now all I need is a way to have this outdoor urn overflowing with affordable colorful flowers – paper won’t work outside – any ideas?

How to make tissue paper flowers

If you don’t mind a fake plant or two in your home, you may like the topiary I made using fake greenery.


  1. says

    Hi Diane,
    Your flower arrangement is gorgeous and I had no idea they were tissue paper. The tutorial is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I have placed your blog in the area of my blog – Blogs That Inspire Me because you do.
    Funny – I just came back from the Dollar Store with a bunch of flowers to replace in two hanging containers in an area of my backyard. You can’t go wrong with the price compared to what you could spend at a craft store. I’m done this for years and find that I can get several years from $10.00 and no one really notices that they are fake and I’m fine with that since I really just want the pop of color.

  2. says

    These flowers are great! I don’t have a lot of decor/accents in my home. I should try something easy and affordable like this. Also, I follow Aunt Peaches, so I was like OH I KNOW HER when I read this post. :)

  3. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I love this one….. and I have learned how to pay attention and have done well with making them. Now to get Sugar The Maine Coon from shredding them and I will be in like flint.

    I especially love the transoms you made with the door mirror…. fabulous, just fabulous.

  4. G says

    Back in the ’60s we made flowers just like these instructions.
    At the end we would spray them with hair spray. This made the petals translucent and fragile looking.
    Thanks for the reminder of a very good craft.

    • says

      Thanks Yvonne – I move my bouquet to different rooms of the house. They always fill a space nicely and no water needed :) With all the colors of tissue paper available the possibilities are endless.

  5. wanda says

    Ace hardware has a new spray product that makes any material waterproof. It works very well. Sorry I can’t remember the name, but should be easy to find. It does wear off and you have to re-spray. I use it on outdoor cushions.

    • says

      Hi Wanda – Does Ace make the one you use or are you using the one by Rustoleum called NeverWet? It has gotten good reviews and hearing that you like and use it makes me eager to try it.

  6. Iris says

    Couldn’t you do this same thing with plastic table cover? That would fare well outdoors and be “fluffy” like tissue paper. Might have to maintain it after a rain storm, but it seems like it should work.

  7. Belinda says

    For the outdoor flowers, have you ever tried the thin party tablecloths that are plastic? They come in a variety of colors.

  8. says

    Genius! They’re beautiful! I particularly love the idea of putting your gorgeous large fluffy flowers on the ready made stems of inexpensive dollar store plastic flowers. Thank you for the great tutorial.


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