Kleenex Carnations

Kleenex Carnations

I don’t know exactly what made me think about this the other day, but when Tim and I were talking and it occurred to me that I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a “Just Married” sign on the back of a car or the ubiquitous Kleenex Carnations from our youth plastered all over it. Oh, I’m sure there are still people that do this, I just haven’t seen it. When two of our children got married, no one got together to decorate their car. Sure, today many people rent Limos or Hummers, but it was our “Get Away” car that was decorated and otherwise goodnaturedly vandalized by your attendants. I remember having flower making parties and filling garbage bags full of Kleenex Carnations. Assuming making a Kleenex Carnation was like riding a bike, even though I hadn’t made one in a long time, I was relatively certain I’d be able to. And, of course, it came right back to me. They’re so easy to make, what’s their to forget? But then I had these Kleenex Carnations, with no big plans for them, and thought, “I need to wrap a Mother’s Day gift”, so there you have it. And, because my general feeling is… “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth blogging about” I threw together a tutorial on making Kleenex Carnations.

This was one of the first crafts I every learned to do, probably around 6 years old, I thought it was magical how you could take a flat piece of unassuming Kleenex, and turn it into a beautiful flower. If you would like, just substitute 3 or 4 pieces of tissue paper, white or colored, and cut into 8″ squares, pile them together and treat them like a Kleenex. Great craft to do with children.

Materials for the Carnations:
3 or 4 ply Kleenex

Materials for wrapping the gift:
green card stock or construction paper
craft glue  

Directions for the Carnation:
Open a Kleenex.

Beginning at one side, fold the Kleenex back and forth, accordion style. Each fold should be about 1″.

Fold in half.

Clip a notch on either side of the center.

Tie with string.

Cut the fold.

CAREFULLY separate the layers of tissue. The tissue paper is very thing. Gently pull apart the 3 or 4 layers. Make sure you separate all pieces of Kleenex.

Tah Dah… A Kleenex Carnation!

If you would like to make colorful flowers, try using 3 – 4 sheets of tissue paper cut into 8″ squares. Make as described above.

Directions for Leaves:
Draw a simple symmetrical leaf shape and cut out two.

Fold in half lengthwise.
At the bottom of the leaf, fold in about 1/4″. This is the part of the leaf that will be taped to the package.

Using a pencil, wrap the leaf around the pencil, starting at the tip, and roll to the fold mark.

Unroll the leaf, allow it to curl under slightly.

Position the leaves on your package so the carnation will cover the folded edge of the leaf. Tape folded edge to package. Place a little craft glue between the two leaves

Gently press the carnation in place.




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  1. Hello, I’m Dawn and very new to blogging, so bear with me..lol. I accidently found your web site, and I can’t leave it!! I wanted to tell you that these tissue flowers were probably the first craft I ever learned, also, but we were too poor to buy Kleenex, so we used toilet paper squares. They were much smaller flowers, but flowers they were! We tipped the edges with food coloring and let dry for beautiful corsages or decorations. I love the leaves. We didn’t do that. Thank you…I love your site! Dawn

    1. Hi Dawn~ Welcome to the worldful world of blogging, AKA how to lose hours everyday, and welcome to our blog. The way to any bloggers heart is through her comments, so just leave little comments at the sites you visit and you will most certainly be welcomed everywhere 🙂

  2. I love the tissue flowers,the rolled flowers and I love your blog! Keep up the good work and thanks for the patterns.

  3. Being the child of the eldest daughter of 12, I spent many a spring/summer during my childhood making these flowers for my aunts and uncles weddings. It is so ingrained in my brain that I am surprised that there are so many out there that have never seen these flowers, or made them! I like the new concept on reusing this old tradition… it will make a nice nostalgic surprise for my aunts!

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