How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers – Origami Carnations; Lesson 14

Crumple flowers

“What are you doing for Mother’s Day?”

Every year, you might send something to your mom on Mother’s Day, like flowers.

If you want to show gratitude to your mom with a bright and beautiful bouquet of carnations, why not try making them on your own?


According to ProFlowers.com, carnations mean “fascination, distinction, and love.”

You can see why carnations are the official flower of Mother’s Day by looking at those words, but more over, what’s even better is that you can hand craft it just by using tissue paper and make them last forever!

Tissue paper carnation

What you will need:

  • Colored tissue paper (in color you want as flower)
  • A strip of green tissue paper (about 20 inches)
  • Glue (optional)
Ideas on what colors of carnations mean:
  • Light red -> admiration
  • Dark red -> deeper sentiments of love and affection
  • White -> purity and luck
  • Pink -> sign of gratitude
Before getting started, please let me clarify some points on the following photo diagrams. The carnation has 3 rings – which will take three flips. At the shaping stage at the end, quoting from the creator himself, who directly gave me  this quote as an advice – “the more crumpling done from the center of the flower, the more realistic the carnation appears.”  Lastly, make the edge of each ring curve like “s” as a shaping process as it makes the flower bloom.

*This is posted with permission by Russell Sutherland, the creator of this model.*