Step 1: Inspiration
The first result returned Bloom4ever a company that specialises in hand-made roses, and they were even nice enough to include a How to fold origami roses guide. The site lists dozen rose bouquets for $80.
Step 2: Equipment and Materials
- (Craft) Glue
Other materials include:
- clear transparent wrap (Cellophane) - to wrap the bouquet, around $2 from any Newsagency.
- 1mm diameter wire - to make the rose stems, nice to have but not a requirement.
- ribbon - to tie the bouquet or roses.
Step 3: Folding the rose
Start with a sheet of A4 paper, and cut the paper into a square. I used a 17cm square as I found 21cm (width or A4 was too large), and 13cm (recommended by bloom4ever) was too difficult to fold.
I will not go through each folding step as there is numerous resources already available:
- How to fold origami roses (bloom4ever)] - very good instructions except for step 25.
- Rose (pajarita.org) - alternative instructions
- How to Fold a Paper Rose (wikiHow) - How to Fold a Paper Rose (wikiHow)
This YouTube video saved my life, big credit to the producer.
I have included my own version of the tricky part. It should also help.
Make as many rose heads as required.
Step 4: Stems
The copper wire was first straightened by pulling on the wire with one end in a vice. Once straightened the wire was cut into 30cm lengths. Each wire was then rolled with green paper and the end glued. It is possible to make stems without the wire by only rolling paper.
I needed a simple method of attaching the stems to the rose heads. Each wire end was bent into a shape that allowed the rose heads to simply be twisted onto the wire. Glue was then applied.
An idea that I think would look good, is to make the rose heads from silver metalic paper, and keep the stems as copper or silver.
Step 5: Leaves
Once the glue dried, the leaves were slightly bent through the centre axis and shaped to give a more appeasing look.
Step 6: Making the bouquet
Clear transparent wrap was used to wrap the bouquet and again fastened with ribbon.
A simple card was made to accompany to flowers.