Introduction: How to Make Paper Roses

Who doesn't love roses?  Following the directions in this instructable, you can make one, three or a dozen roses. I made one rose out of kraft paper from a recycled/reused grocery bag, so the craft is very frugal in it's demands.

Step 1: Gather Supplies and Tools

Supplies and tools for this craft is very minimal. You need paper, scissors, glue, a pen or marker for drawing lines, a few clamps can be helpful, and that's about it.  The paper choices are unlimited, but I have used: watercolor paper, cardstock, regular and colored bond paper, kraft paper from grocery bags, etc.  I don't recommend tissue paper as I have not used it and believe it is in a class of it's own.

Step 2: Draw Various Parts on Paper

After doing this for awhile, you will be able to simply cut without drawing. Shown are some designs you can use to begin with. As you can see, each individual shape is quite simple. Draw if necessary by following the picture shown.  Try to maintain size relationships.

Step 3: Cut Petals and Leaves for Your Rose

Using your drawn patterns, cut out 2 or 3 leaves, 3 outer pedals, and 4 inner petals.

Step 4: Fold and Burnish Outer Petals


Step 5: Glue Outer Petals Together.

The three outer petals are glued together to make the base of the rose.

Step 6: Proceed to Inner Petals

Here, three or four concentric circles are wound or wrapped into cone shapes. You should have 3 or 4 different sizes of circles.

Step 7: Glue Inner Petals to Outer Petal Base

Having glued three or four cones together, we can now glue them to the base made previously.

Step 8: Add Leaves

I add two or three leaves to the bottom of the rose.  The leaves are cut out and the edges are serrated by making cuts along the edges of the leaf.

Step 9: Arrange Rose, or Roses As Desired

Several arrangements are shown. Possibilities are limitless, of course, and it depends on your time and needs.  Have fun.

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silm made it!(author)2017-04-24

Beautiful papercraft art.

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Mackemgav made it!(author)2016-09-21

This looks perfect for my superhero character flowers I want for my groomsmen at my wedding.

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Beezor made it!(author)2016-05-28

This craft is super fun + easy and turns out beautiful! Awesome instructable Creativeman! :-)

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DevonW13 made it!(author)2016-05-26

Before Making: I hope this works I'll try and get the stuff for it in a few days, I wanted to get blue roses for my girlfriend but since that is borderline impossible I'm gonna attempt to make them instead.

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Creativeman made it!(author)2016-05-26

You can do it!

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TXRJL+ made it!(author)2016-02-12

Made the rose and a hand to hold it (also paper).

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Creativeman made it!(author)2016-02-12

Good job!

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TXRJL+ made it!(author)2016-02-13

Thanks!

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ZiQiO made it!(author)2015-08-27

maybe provide a template?

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CheenieS made it!(author)2015-08-23

HOW BEAUTIFUL. HOW Did you do the multicolored butterfly one?

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Creativeman made it!(author)2015-08-23

Thanks, not sure what you are referring to? Butterflies are just made from colored paper, may or may not touch up with acrylic paint, depending on use. templates can be found on line, although free handing always works!

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Krishna+Kantc made it!(author)2015-07-14

Awesome, I'm going to make one for my friend

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anapet01 made it!(author)2015-02-13

So cute I am going to attempt to make these for my mom for Valentine's Day~!!

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Creativeman made it!(author)2015-02-13

Good luck with your roses, anapet01! They are fun to make and so easy, your mom will love them!

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najiyeh.abbas made it!(author)2014-11-13

excellent work i want step by step instruction of the yellow flower

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jouzi1 made it!(author)2014-09-17

These are beautiful, I think they would make a lovely wedding bouquet, I'm thinking of experimenting with different fabrics and add in details like buttons and ribbon petals

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nana-buster made it!(author)2014-02-05

I love this going to try and make some for friends birthday
Liz

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sunfuzzy made it!(author)2013-02-14

This was amazing, the smile that is on my face is much bigger than this : ) and the rose i just made using your very clear steps looks wonderfully close to a real one! I am very thankful to you : )

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puppycorpses333 made it!(author)2010-09-06

I tried using vintage sheet music and pages in German from torn up books that I got at a 10 cent library sale! it looks so cool! thanks for the technique!

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sjskukana made it!(author)2013-02-14

Love that idea. I did something similar years ago. :)

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Creativeman made it!(author)2010-09-06

You are welcome, any chanch of seeing them? You can load photos right to this spot, you know.

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sjskukana made it!(author)2013-02-14

These are quite lovely. Different papers would be fun to experiment. I really like the idea of old sheet music. :)

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Devy97 made it!(author)2012-04-16

This looks absolutely stunning! I am going to make a bunch of these for my mum on Mothers' Day. :)

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Creativeman made it!(author)2012-04-16

Thanks...she will enjoy them!

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kirbygirl46 made it!(author)2010-07-15

great idea! they look so realistic and i thought by the thumbnail they were real! i guess it takes practice, i just did my first and it looks like sh*t lol

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Creativeman made it!(author)2010-07-15

Practice, practice, practice. thanks for you comments, and it took me quite a long time to be able to make them as well as I did for this piece. Keep at it, and you will get it. Cman

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MS.UNDERstood made it!(author)2010-05-03

I envy you for your creativity.. loved it 5 stars! =)

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Miscelinious made it!(author)2010-01-18

i love these flowers, and i love the additional idea to glue fabric on top of the paper for even more realistic flowers!

but can you show exactly how you made the stems, and especially how you conjoined the blossom to the stem?

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Eric+zheng made it!(author)2010-01-04

AWSOME. GREAT MINDS

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Creativeman made it!(author)2010-01-06

Thank you! Cman

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Sew+Crafty made it!(author)2009-12-31

Stopping by to leave you a Vote CMan

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Creativeman made it!(author)2010-01-02

thanks, sc...Cman

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J-Manoo7 made it!(author)2009-12-29

wow! very realistic, i saw the thumbnail and thought they were real!  Keep up the good work!
J

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Lee+Wilkerson made it!(author)2009-12-27

Nice 'ible. Beautiful, creative, inexpensive. I also give it 5 stars.

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-27

Thanks Lee. Cman

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Sew+Crafty made it!(author)2009-12-26

These are just delightful CMan, you did an excellent job, great tutorial too!

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-26

Thank you so much, Sew Crafty! Cman

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eskape_velocity made it!(author)2009-12-24

Beautiful and surprisingly lifelike! I'll be making a huge bouquet of these for my mother for a New Years present. Thanks for sharing!

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-25

Thanks for your comments, and you are welcome! Cman

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roseryoser made it!(author)2009-12-23

FYI: It's spelled "petals" not "pedals"........

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-23

Thanks for the correction. Cman

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ARBenjamin made it!(author)2009-12-21

Stunning my friend!

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-22

Thank you. Cman

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laxap made it!(author)2009-12-19

Cman, they are simply beautiful! Makes me want to make hundreds. Thanks for posting.

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-19

Glad you like them. And you are welcome. Cman

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Timby made it!(author)2009-12-16

They look very Nice, but my question is, in step 6, 7 and 8, you show what looks to be Stems.  What were they made from? Or was this in a previous Instructable?
  Thanx,
    Timby

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Timby made it!(author)2009-12-16

  Thanx for the Pics, Next question :) , How do you make them? or is that going to be another instructable? :)
  Thanx again,
    Timby

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Creativeman made it!(author)2009-12-16

Hey, Timby: Very astute observation there, my man...thanks for the comment. I have taken some pictures showing stems. Cman

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Toaster+Muffin made it!(author)2009-12-16

Awesome Instructable, at first I thought they were real flowers. 5 stars!

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