DIy Marigold paper flowers

Tissue Paper Marigolds DIY

marigold tissue flowers

Fall is here and it’s time to crank up craft production to HIGH, like I did with this tissue paper marigolds DIY! I made dozens! Marigolds are a main staple of the season, thanks to Dia de Los Muertos. It’s believed that the scent from these freshly cut flowers lures the spirits from the afterlife back home to their families for a day. But if you are like me, I love to celebrate muertos season all year and to be practical, I end up making my own marigolds. You can buy silk versions at the store, but it’s so much prettier to make your own!

marigold tissue flowers


Tissue paper in orange and yellow

Pipe cleaners


Pens or stamps if desired

I’m going to show you two kinds of flowers to make for fall decorating. You can stick with the marigold theme or use all kinds of bright colored tissue!

FLOWER #1: Fan-folded version.


4 squares of each color. Less for smaller flowers, more layers for larger.


Alternate colors and stack.


If you want, you can draw or use use rubber stamps on the tissue to give them some contrast, or go old school and leave as is.


Fan fold the stack, cut a small notch from each end. I like to cut the ends of the flowers before I fluff them. Cut a “V” or a round them off, or snip to make fringe.


Tie a pipe cleaner around the middle, folds pointing up, twist the pipe cleaner underneath and carefully lift and fluff each layer.


And there you have it! Nice and fluffy!


FLOWER #2: Circle version.


For this one, you cut circles of the tissue, stack and snip two slits in the middle. Then thread through a pipe cleaner, twist and fluff the layer one-by-one. At the bottom of this post, I have a step-by-step pinnable graphic for you!

marigold paper flowers


1. Get a head start on success by using good lighting. If you don’t have a brightly lit area in your house, use a table on your patio. Natural light never fails!

2. Know what the focal point is! What is the message that you want to convey in the photo? You can press on that area on the screen and it will autofocus for you.

3. Keep the area clean. For a craft tutorial, you want to keep things neat so your reader/viewer won’t be distracted by clutter or weird smears, marks, scuffs, etc.

4. Take more than one shot. It’s digital, snap from all different angles, you can always delete what you don’t want. I uploaded all my photos to AT&T Locker, it’s free online storage.

5. For beauty shots, shoot vertical and horizontal. You never know what will look best for a layout!


And, here is that pinnable circle flower graphic!

Marigold paper flower tutorial.

Love & light,

34 Responses

  1. This turned out too cute!! Definitely have to try this with my siblings ☺️. I love how your page is setup with Pinterest, FB, and YouTube, so convenient.

  2. I love these flowers and the photos are great. I’d love to win! Thanks for the chance with the giveaway.

  3. This looks do-able! I sometimes get intimidated by crafts, but these instructions give me hope. I think I have a project for my son’s birthday next month. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for sharing this tutorial and offering this giveaway. You do have the best tutorials. You make crafting just much more exciting. And you’re absolutely right on the hold off. I’ve been meaning to start blogging and one of the set backs is the whole picture thing. I still want to invest in a camera at some point but it’s just so much easier to use your phone when you have an app for just about everything on there. 🙂

  5. I love these! I just got some yellow and orange tissue paper! Plus I’d love to win the phone! I dropped my phone and cracked the screen last week.

  6. This looks like a great craft that I can do with my super creative and crafty 8 year old son! I can’t wait to try!

    1. Super cute flowers!! I used to make carnations with toilet paper when I was really young. My grandma taught me!! I don’t remember how 2e made him thouh

  7. Kathy!!! Thank you for celebrating and keeping our cultural traditions alive!!! I looooovee all your dia de Los muertos art work, and can’t wait to make these marigolds to place in my altar for dia de Los muertos!!!! Sending you and Maya love from Arleta, CA!!!

  8. This is great, just what i was looking for. I have always wanted to know how to make tissue paper flowers to jazz up my crft room/office/get creative and do my own thing room lol. Thank you, it looks a lot more like summer in here now 🙂

  9. I love all your DIY features! And these pictures are lovely. I was hit by a car last week and my Samsung Note 3 flew out of my purse and the screen busted. I thank God that bothered me more than my injuries which were not serious. Just scary and bruised and sore! I love Samsung Galaxy phones and plan to get a 5 next week. So glad to see your review! Can’t wait to make these paper flowers!!

  10. Thanks for the great marigold ideas! We need crafts for our Día de los Muertos program and these will be terrific 🙂

  11. Thanks for the great marigolds! We need crafts for our Día de los Muertos programs and these will be perfect 🙂

  12. My grandaughter just finished making the tissue paper marigolds (circle version ) for her Dia de los Muertos school project. She and I say, “thank you so much.” It was fun and easy to do.

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