DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

~ The Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series~


This DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea is simply too gorgeous for me NOT to show you how to make it your own. To create this blooming hydrangea perfection, simply follow my step-by-step tutorial below. Feel free to share.

A couple of years ago, I saw a bright pink hydrangea plant at a local garden convention, and I knew I had to have it. It was surrounded by other gorgeous purple, blue, and white hydrangea. Also, when you’re walking around a garden convention, it just seems appropriate to purchase a plant. A day after arriving at home, despite all my efforts, my hydrangea began wilting to the point of no return. Devastated, I threw out the plant a few days later. From that day onwards, I avoided buying hydrangeas for fear of my brown thumb (or my condo?) certainly killing it.

This DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea, on the other hand, will not die or wilt or wither away in sadness as long as you don’t expose it to constant sunlight. It is a beautiful substitute for the real thing.


Before you start, here are my general tips regarding this DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea:

1. Feel free to use any type of tissue paper; for example, The Paper Place has a variety of single sheet and packaged tissue paper.  I purchased my tissue paper from a party shop because it had the purple colour I wanted. The tissue paper came in a package of 8 sheets of 20” x 20” or 50.8 cm x 50.8 cm. I cut each sheet into quarters so that I would get 32 square sheets (10” x 10” or 25.4cm x 25.4 cm) per package.

2. For this tutorial, I prepped my tissue paper by bleaching it ahead of time to obtain an ombre affect (this photographs better). For my wedding centrepieces, I didn’t have time to manipulate the tissue paper ahead of time so I just used the tissue paper as is. For efficiency, I also only used 1 petal per flower bud versus 2 petals per flower bud as per this tutorial.

2. I find that the technique of cutting the petals in my tutorial below (without a template) is the most efficient way of making as many petals as possible. However, I find that this is still the most time consuming DIY paper flower. If you are making it for the first time, you’ll like need at least 24 minutes to make one flower.

3. For the stems attaching the flower buds, I used 22 gauge flower wire.

4. I prefer to use the hydrangea as a filler flower and therefore, I prefer to make them with fewer flower buds. For my wedding centrepieces, my hydrangeas only had 10 flower buds. If you want to use the hydrangea as a primary flower, then I suggest either 20, 30, or 40 buds, with the length of the stem wires increasing in increments of 1 inch. This will give you increasingly larger hydrangeas. You can also explore using thicker stem wire which would give you a thicker stem, or attaching leaves directly to the stems.

5.  I used a jar filled with rice (or salt) handy to hold the stem wire in an upright position as I applied the flower buds.

6. Again, if you intend to use this hydrangea for a paper flower arrangement, then you should not wrap the entire stem wire with floral tape. In fact, leave the bottom 1/2 of the stem uncovered so that the stem can easily be inserted into the floral foam. A wrapped stem will hinder the ease of insertion.

You can read my comments on the standard tools and materials in paper flower DIYs in my previous post, DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece: Planning).

UPDATE (as of July 4, 2016): I made an improvement to this version of the tissue paper hydrangea by adding a centre to each flower bud. I talk about it in my post, DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea: Improved.


And now for the DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea tutorial:





Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:


Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea – Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Peas

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces

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  • Vicki NobleNovember 2, 2016 - 10:48 pm

    I LOVE your hydrangea and I am trying to make these for my grandmother, who has dimentia.  (She doesn’t realize the flowers I make aren’t real and is amazed and HAPPY because they never die.)  When I try to cut it out my petals, as you’ve described, it is not working.  Can you break down the WAY you are folding the paper (with each fold) and where you start your cut?  I would truly appreciate it.ReplyCancel

    • JessieNovember 4, 2016 - 3:51 pm

      Hi Vicki – I fold the paper (10 ” x 10″) in halves, over and over again until I get a square piece of approximately 1″x 1″ (looking back on the tutorial, I realize that the measurements are off as I get 16 petals from a 10″ x 10″, meaning there’s a grid of 4 x 4, not 5 x 5). Essentially, every time you fold the piece of paper, you turn it 90 degrees and fold it in half again etc. The purpose of this folding sequence is to create 16 copies of the 4-petal hydrangea flower. So, once you’ve folded in half 4 times, envision a 4-petal flower in the middle. This next folding sequence lets you cut 1-petal without having to cut 4-petals. You will then fold that piece again lengthwise and widthwise (meaning twice). You will now have a small square, slightly larger than 1″x 1″. There should be one corner on the square where the paper is attached. This will be the centre of the 4-petal flower (all 16 of them). With that corner towards you, start cutting your 1-petal by making an incision just on the right of the corner. You will cut up to the top of the diamond and then back down and end on the left of the corner, in a petal shape. Be sure not to cut through the corner, only beside it. If you don’t find this way convenient for you, you can always cut the large sheet 10 ” x 10″ into 16 squares (or larger or small squares depending on how large you want your hydrangea flower petals), and then cut a 4-petal flower through the 16 pieces. There’s no “right” way of doing this. This was just the quickest way to do it for me. Phew – long essay – I hope this provides more clarity to the tutorial instructions.ReplyCancel

  • MICHELLE LAWRENCEMarch 26, 2017 - 5:38 pm

    Beautiful these are one of my favReplyCancel

  • BluewhaleMay 21, 2017 - 11:37 am

    Hi, how to bleach the paper? Thank you for your explicationReplyCancel

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