How to Make a Tissue Paper Ball

Tissue paper wins the thrifty decoration contest every time. Turn one of the cheapest items at the craft store into a bright, beautiful art project.


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    Stack tissue paper sheets. Make a stack from 8–14 large sheets of tissue paper. Alternating two different colors leads to a pretty design.
    • 20 x 30 inch (51 x 76 centimeter) tissue paper sheets will make a ball slightly larger than your head.[1] 10 x 5 in. (25 x 12 cm) sheets make roughly fist-sized balls.[2]
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    Fold the sheets accordion style. Fold the edge of the stack over by roughly 1½ to 2 in. (3.75–5 cm) and crease.[3] Turn the tissue paper upside down and fold the same edge back the other direction. Repeat until the entire sheet is folded into equal accordion folds.
    • If you're using small sheets of tissue paper, make roughly ½ in. (2.5 cm) folds instead. You should be able to make at least 16 folds (eight forward, eight back).
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    Tie in half with wire. Fold the tissue stack lengthwise, to make a crease in the center. Unfold it back to a long strip. Tie a length of craft wire around the crease. Squish the fold between your fingers and pull the wire as tight as you can.[4] Twist the wire around itself and snip off the excess.
    • You should end up with a long "bow tie" shape. Don't tie the wire around both halves, or you'll end up with a fan shape instead.
    • Leave ½ in (2.5 cm) of extra wire if you want to attach the balls to other objects.[5]
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    Cut the edges to a point or semicircle. Cut both ends of the tissue paper with a pair of scissors. Pointed ends make a more dramatic, ruffly ball. Rounded ends create a more natural floral look.
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    Pull sheets of paper to the center. Lay your project on its side, with the peaks of the accordion fold sticking upward. Gradually pull the tissue paper to form a puffy flower shape:
    • Bring the fold around to form a circle.
    • Tug the top sheet of paper gently upward to start the ball. Do this on both sides of the fold.
    • Repeat for the top ⅓ of the stack (roughly).
    • Flip the stack over. Repeat for the top ⅓ on the other side.
    • Turn the ball on its side. Tug apart the remaining sheets of paper to complete the ball.
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    Decorate. Now it's time to decorate with your tissue paper ball. Toss it on windowsills and mantels, or add a little pizazz:
    • Tie a length of fishing line or string around the ball's wire. Hang it from a ceiling fixture, or attach to the ceiling using tape or an adhesive hook.[6]
    • Place them on top of vases to make "Dr Seuss flowers."
    • Make miniature balls and tie them around napkins for a pretty place setting.
    • Stick small balls on wooden skewers to top a birthday cake.
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Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper, 8–14 large sheets
  • Floral wire or craft wire
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line (monofilament) or string


  • Use half the number of sheets to make a dome instead. Tape these on to windows or other vertical surfaces.[7]
  • The ball may sag over the course of a couple days. Fluff it up and tug apart the sheets to restore it.[8]

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