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How to Make a Tissue Paper Flamingo

How to Make a Tissue Paper Flamingo

Once you know how to make a tissue paper flamingo, you can use tissue poms to make all sorts of fun party decorations, like DIY tissue paper pineapples and tissue paper parrots for starters! The big fluffy tissue pom makes a great base for adding paper cuts to to make all kinds of creations. Especially flamingos.

Learn how to make a tissue paper flamingo for DIY flamingo party decor that flamingo fabulous!How to Make a DIY Tissue Paper Flamingo

When I was playing around with making the DIY  tissue paper flamingos, I really liked the idea of being able to hang them on the wall as flamingo party decor, so I only used the pouf opened to one side for the first one. Since there was a lot of potential party to decorate and I needed lots of ideas to fill it up, I also made a DIY paper flamingo with a full round tissue pouf.

The problem with full poufs is that they have to be hung from the ceiling in order to be used since they are a bit delicate. To make DIY paper flamingo stand, the pouf was placed on a dowel rod mounted in a base, kind of like a paper towel holder. The base costs about $2 to make. I use this base and dowel for all sorts of things. I even used it once for a viking ship!

How to Make a Tissue Paper Flamingo

How to Make a Tissue Paper Flamingo

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make a DIY tissue paper flamingo to decorate your luau party or flamingle party.



  1. Fluff your pouf!
  2. Draw and cut out your tissue paper flamingo head and legs. I free form drew a flamingo, and traced the beak for the black accent. You can use a 1/2 inch punch for the eye, or just cut a circle. The legs are 1/4 inch slices of black glitter paper.
  3. Hot glue! Get out your cordless glue gun and glue the black accents on the pink glitter paper flamingo head. I've tried tons of different adhesives on glitter paper, and nothing works quite as well as hot glue.
  4. Once your accents are in place, nestle the bottom of the flamingo head into the folds of the pink pouf (as near to the center as you can get) and use the hot glue gun to glue it in place.
  5. Drill a hole in the middle of your wood disc the same size as your dowel rod. Add a drop of wood glue or white glue to the bottom of the dowel rod, then place it into the drilled hole. The dowel should fit tightly. Your piece should look like a paper towel holder at this point. After the glue has set, paint the dowel and disc black.
  6. Glue the pink pouf to the dried black dowel.
  7. Glue the flamingo legs to the inside of the pouf folds so they hang from the bottom of the tissue pom. You can bend one of the legs and glue the bend in place for a little more interesting look on your flamingo.


Be sure to use nice FULL tissue poms for any creature projects. If your tissue poms are thin, open them to one side only and then glue or tie two poms together to get a fuller appearance.

I loved the glittery flamingo head I made using glitter paper, but if you’re in a pinch, plain pink paper will also work. Be sure to use card stock — the flamingo head will need the stiffness to make some structure to stand up by itself. 

Where to use a diy tissue paper flamingo

Now that you have these awesome DIY tissue paper flamingos, you need to go out and use them! They’re perfect for DIY luau decorations, flamingo parties, flamingles, pineapple parties, or if you’re particularly fabulous, you could just stand one up as a bit of fun summer home decor. How are YOU going to use these???

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Thursday 20th of June 2019

Very cute!

Paula @ Frog Prince Paperie

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Thanks, Geri!

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