Make Your Own Forever Flowers!

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Click here to watch September’s Second Sunday From Home program where we join Aquidneck Community Table to learn more about growing a community garden. See below for instructions on how to make your own flowers that you can keep forever!


  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner


  1. Depending what size flowers you would like, cut the tissue paper into equal pieces. Generally, 12×6” size paper works well for medium-sized flowers.
  2. Take three pieces of tissue paper (can be all the same color, different colors, whatever suits you!) and place them on top of each other in the same direction. Fold the tissue paper like an accordion—first, make a 1” fold along the short edge, then flip it over and make a 1” fold going in the reverse direction, until the whole sheet has been folded like an accordion.
  3. Place your pipe cleaner in the center of the tissue paper (centered on the long edge), and loop it around the tissue paper, twisting to ensure it stays in place. This is your stem!
  4. Gently open up the tissue paper folds you made, and separate the tissue paper sheets to make your flower bloom. This can be tricky, so it’s important to be very gentle when pulling apart the sheets.

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