Our series “Get Crafty” gives you the inspiration for creating inventive DIY projects during the holidays and year-round. This step-by-step guide will help you make a kid-friendly and inexpensive craft using tissue paper flowers.

In an earlier post, I created this fabulous candy corn centerpiece.

halloween craft for kids candy corn centerpiece

For that project, I used fresh carnations in shades of orange, yellow, and white.

For this one, I did a kid-friendly and inexpensive version using tissue paper flowers!

halloween craft for kids tissue paper flower

Can you believe how much the tissue paper flower looks like a real carnation?!

And these Halloween crafts for kids are so easy to make. These are just the basic steps, but you can scale up or down and, as always, add your own creative spark to it.

3-inch tissue paper flower how-to

halloween craft for kids folded tissue paper
  1. Layer four 8.5 x 11 pieces of tissue paper on top of one another and fold in thirds.
halloween craft for kids cut tissue paper
  1. Cut on fold marks.
halloween craft for kids fold tissue paper
  1. Starting at the bottom of one section, start folding the paper like an accordion.
halloween craft for kids fold tissue paper
  1. Flip over and make another fold.
halloween craft for kids folded tissue paper
  1. Keep folding in the opposite direction…
  1. …until you get to the end.
halloween craft for kids stapled tissue paper
  1. Staple the folded tissue together like so.
halloween craft for kids fanned tissue paper
  1. Fan out each side.
halloween craft for kids separate tissue paper
  1. Starting on one side, separate the individual pieces of tissue, pulling the paper up toward the center.
  1. Continue until you have separated all the sheets of tissue paper.

Voila! Your flower is finished.

Now it’s time to create the base for the oversized candy corn display. For this, I used the styrofoam lining from a home delivery I received. I loved the fact that it had a built in “stand” on the back!

halloween craft for kids adhesive on flower

A small dab of adhesive on the back of each flower makes it super easy to attach each individual flower to the styrofoam base. You can use glue dots, a glue gun, double-sided tape, etc.

halloween craft for kids halloween decorations

I hope these simple Halloween crafts for kids using recycled materials inspired you to create something too. And remember…just have fun with it!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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