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Making Paper Roses

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Paper roses are a simple, yet elegant decoration. Using brightly color papers you can create a bouquet that never wilts. This is a guide about making paper roses.


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By 9 found this helpful
January 7, 2010

How to make realistic paper roses from various papers and materials.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes



    Cut out pieces of rose as follows. One rose is made from a recycled grocery bag (kraft paper).
    1. You want 3 outer petals, 4 inner petals and 2 or 3 leaves.

    2. Pieces are manipulated to resemble rose petals/leaves.

    3. Following photos, the outer petals are cut out, a small cut is made in the bottom of the petal. The resulting two pieces are glued by drawing one edge over the other.

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    5. The top edges of the petal are curled with scissors and your thumb.

    6. The inner pedals: cut 3 or 4 circles as shown. The center is cut out so that you have a round piece as shown.

    7. Using forceps, wind petal around itself, so that a cone shape is made.

    8. Glue in one spot at the end of the circle. Hold until dry. (7-10 sec.)

    9. Glue the three outer petals together at the bases.

    10. Add three strips to inner cones that have been glued together. These will allow the fastening of the cones to the outer petals.

    11. Add two or three leaves by cutting patterns, serrating the edges with scissors, and gluing to the bottom of the petal structure.

    Rose(s) can be used for corsages, display, or in floral arrangements.


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January 27, 2012

Placed on thin branches, these easy roses make a nice table decoration for Valentine's Day. They would also make great package toppers and could be used for other purposes.

Approximate Time: about 20 minutes



  1. Cut out a 6-inch circle from card stock. The larger the circle, the larger and fuller your flower will be.
  2. Begin cutting the circle into a spiral pattern. As you cut, try to create a scalloped edge by cutting the pattern in a wavy motion.
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  4. Starting at the outer edge of the spiral, begin rolling the spiral very tightly.
  5. Once you reach the center and have it wound tightly, release it and it will loosen slightly to look like a rose.
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  7. Apply a small amount of glue to the bottom to hold it together.
  8. Attach several to thin branches and place in a vase for a centerpiece, or use one or more as package toppers, to decorate picture frames, use on scrapbook pages, etc.
  9. By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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By 2 found this helpful
February 13, 2011

A cute idea and easy table decoration in an array of colors to brighten up your table after the winter storms and to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes each piece



Making Heart Flowers:

  1. On colored paper paper draw out five 3 inch hearts and cut them out.
  2. Fold them in half so the pattern is on the inside.
  3. Start gluing your hearts together. Attach one half heart to the next until you have come to the last one. (See picture if you don't understand.)
  4. On the last one you will need a 5 inch skewer. Add extra glue down the center and lay your skewer in it. Then glue on the last section gluing both ends to the other side.
  5. Carefully open up each heart and gently pull it to separate it. Allow to dry.

Making Tissue Paper Flowers:

  1. Make the flower by cutting 3 inch circles of each color of tissue paper. You will need 6 round circles of each color for one flower. (The circles do not need to be neatly done.)
  2. Fold the circles in half and make 2 small snips in the center.
  3. Open up and thread the chenille stick through.

  4. Wind the chenille stick so it holds the circles in place. Pinching the end will help in winding and will not tear your paper. Cut off the chenille stick about 3 inches down from end of flower.
  5. Next start opening up each piece of tissue paper from the middle and scrunching it up a bit. Continue to do this until there is none left.
  6. Next take the skewer and cut to about 5 inches. Take the chenille stick end of the flower and wrap it around the top of the skewer. Set aside.
  7. Continue each flower as described above. When they are all finished begin adding them to the foam in the pail.

Preparing Flower Pail

  1. Cut a piece of packing foam to fit inside of your pail.
  2. Add some red or pink shredded paper in the pail to hide the foam.
  3. You can add other things to the arrangement as you like. Add your hearts as a focal point. Enjoy your pretty rose and heart bouquet as a reminder that spring is just around the corner.
  4. You can make a lovely bouquet for your boss as well using the instructions above and adding in some heart shaped suckers and a bow to celebrate Valentine's Day.

By Gem from VA

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By 1 found this helpful
November 16, 2005

Could you please help me figure out how to make the tissues roses you mention on the site?

Patti Anderson from Victoria BC


February 17, 20050 found this helpful

I seem to remember to cut out heart shapes and then the pointed end is attached to the "stem". My son and I made BIG ones and sorta loose, they looked more like peonies. We used shades of pink and white, they turned out really nice.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 10, 20060 found this helpful

I took a green twist tie (also a green pipe cleaner could work) and cut an 8" (or longer) x 1" strip of thin red (gift?) paper. This is almost as thin as tissue but just a bit thicker and sturdier... I'm not sure what the proper name for it is. I wadded up the strip so that it would be more malleable, then un-wadded it. I folded the strip (so that if/when unfolded it makes a zig-zag...), I poked a hole through the layeres of paper with the sharp point of a scissors. Then unfolded the strip and threaded the twist tie (after crimping the tip of it so it goes through easier) through all the holes made by the scissors, still folding the strip back into the compressed (zig-zag) pattern over one end of the twist tie. Then I made a small/tight hook shape at the end of the tie. It should be big enough to prevent the paper (petals) from coming off from the top, and the 'hook' is used this way.... :-) Twist the twist tie so that the hook grabs the paper in the middle. Keep turning it but don't let the outer/bottom part of the paper turn. You can see a familiar pattern forming. It looks like a rose. :-D Keep twisting till you're satisfied on how it looks. Then tape the bottom of it to secure it. If you've got the green floral tape... use that.

I was wanting to fold a Kawasaki Paper rose but just couldn't get it done. I kept working with the paper and twist-ties. Then I found the answer. I'm going to make a small bouquet for a certain girl I like. :-) Maybe I can still try to make that Kawasaki Rose for a little rose vase for all the other littler roses. :-D

Editor's Note: We'd love to see a picture of this!

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