Introduction: How to Make a Paper Corsage

Okay guys, nothing will make a girl feel special like a beautiful corsage to wear out to that fancy dinner you're planning for her for Valentine's Day. The problem is, flowers die! So here's a corsage that you can make for her that will last forever!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Template : the template for this project can be downloaded from the Canon website here
The instructions can also be downloaded there, but I found them rather lacking. So that's why I decided to put this instructable together.
Glue: I used both a glue stick (not pictured) and Aleene's Tacky Glue
(I find Tacky Glue much easier to use if I pour some in a plastic tray and use a toothpick to spread it)
Scissors: you can use a pair of regular scissors, but you might also like to use a pair of shorter detail scissors, like those pictured.

Step 2: Cut Out the Petals

Cut out the rectangles surrounding each petal piece, along the solid lines. You really don't need to worry about the part numbers!

Step 3: Glue and Fold Petal Pieces

Using the stylus and ruler, score along the dashed line on each petal piece and fold. Open and spread glue along one half. I used a glue stick for this because it won't warp the paper and it dries quickly.

Step 4: Cut Out Each Petal

Cut out the petal shape from each piece. Also cut a slit along the red line separating the numbered tabs.

Step 5: Score and Fold Tabs

Score and fold along the dashed line of each numbered tab.

Step 6: Glue Tabs Together

The lowest numbers on the tabs correspond to the part numbers on the Canon instructions. So, for example, the petal piece with tabs numbered 5 and 6 is Part #5 in the instructions. In order to help keep things straight I glued them so that the lowest numbered tab was on the outside. Apply Tacky Glue to the highest numbered tab and fold the other tab on top of it.

Step 7: Curl Petals

Using the stylus as a guide, curl the petals as stated below:
On Part #5 curl both edges of the petal inward with one overlapping the other
On Part #6 and Part #7 curl both edges of the petals loosely inward
On Parts #8 - 14 curl both edges of the petals outward

Step 8: Make Rose Center

Apply glue to the bottom of Part #5 and press it on top of Part #6, wrapping the edges of Part #6 around Part #5. Put glue on the bottom of Part #6 and glue it inside Part #7 in the same way. You should now have a rose center, with one petal wrapped tightly between two other petals.

Step 9: Adhere Outer Petals

Apply glue to the bottom of the rose center and adhere to Part #8. Continue to apply the rest of the petals (Parts #9-14) in the same way, overlapping the petals slightly. It may seem like they don't fit together very well, but trust me, it will come out looking okay! Paper is very forgiving!

Step 10: Make Other Two Roses

Repeat steps 2-9 for the yellow and blue roses.

Step 11: Cut Out and Assemble the Base (Part #2)

Score and fold along the dashed lines, opening it back up after each fold.
There are two #2 tabs; apply glue to the white area of one of the tabs and fold the other one over it.
Apply glue to the white area of the #2 tab that is now on top and fold the remaining tab down on top of it.
Note - this will be a three dimensional pop-up pyramid type piece. It is not supposed to be flat, so don't squish it down!

Step 12: Adhere Roses to Base

Glue the roses to the white areas of the base piece. I found it helpful to use my stylus to press the base to the flower from inside the base.

Step 13: Cut Out and Adhere Leaves

Cut out the larger rectangle surrounding the leaves. Fold it in half and glue it just like you did the petal pieces, then cut out the leaves. Adhere the leaves to the base. You can shape the leaves a bit by bending them back, if desired.
As you can see in the picture, I also glued a ribbon bow to the back of the leaves. I thought this would make it easier to pin it on as a corsage.


oldermemere (author)2014-04-27

I used greeting card stock paper, but it only is available in white. Though I love this project, the colors are more applicable for a baby shower corsage. Anyone have any ideas to change the color of the flowers? What did others used for the paper which would be available in lime green or light navy blue and off white?

oldermemere (author)2014-04-25

What weight paper did you use to print out the pedals and leaf? I tried card stock, but way too thick! I'm still looking the template for pedals and leaf. I checked with Canon Paper Craft but couldn't find it. Any directions from those that have successfully completed this craft? Thanks again of time.


hastey (author)2010-09-29

I made these to use instead of bow on a baby shower gift. They were beautiful.
Every one thought they were so pretty.

oldermemere (author)hastey2014-04-25

How could you make it without the measurements? How did you know the size of the sections? Oldermemere

oldermemere (author)2014-04-25

I'm really interested in making this project for my granddaughter's shower. I need specific measurements of the pedals, leave section and ribbon. Without those directions, I can't proceed. Can you help? The downloadable instructions did not provide those details either. Thank you so much. Can't wait to get started! Oldermemere

oldermemere (author)2014-04-25

I'm really interested in making this project for my granddaughter's shower. I need specific measurements of the pedals, leave section and ribbon. Without those directions, I can't proceed. Can you help? The downloadable instructions did not provide those details either. Thank you so much. Can't wait to get started! Oldermemere

ehthawjar (author)2011-02-01

how do u do that
that is beautiful rose flower
i like it

gemgh (author)2010-01-18

Very nice and constructive. Thanks!

Sunny124613 (author)2008-08-24

WOW i would like to make one of these but i am making a charmander paper craft for my cousins...

3 and 2 (author)2008-05-12

Wow. These are amazing. My parents don't know I have a date to my dance, and I know I need flowers THESE ARE GREAT! Sitting in my room with a glue stick, a Bill Pokemon card as a ruler and a pair of scissors, I put together the best damn looking corsage I've ever seen.

3 and 2 (author)3 and 22008-05-12

And just a tip. If you're gluing the petals together (folding, step 3), it helps to make sure you've got it lined up right by having a light nearby to hold it up to.

sara ahmed samy (author)2008-04-25


beobachtet (author)2008-04-07

I'm in the process of making a corsage and boutonniere for my boy and i-- out of duck tape - yesssss it's awesome.

Aside from that, I think these look great too.

Rognvaldur (author)2007-12-10

I made one and im really happy with it. Next task find a girl to give it to. Thank you for posting this. P.S. But have you checked out the site where he found this. there are many cool things like christmas cards and stuff.

Ausmaus (author)2007-11-18

That's amazing! Now all I need is a girl to make one of these for!

A.C.E. (author)2007-05-28

o my gosh... THESE THINGS ARE SWEET!!! dude, where did you learn this?

outofthewoods (author)A.C.E.2007-05-28

Hi! Thanks for the compliment! I saw the project template on Canon's Creative Park website and downloaded it. They also have instructions for this project, but they weren't very good, so I just experimented and changed things a bit as I went along. Thanks for looking!

angelcs (author)2007-03-09

This is a very delicate craft, cool

wumpalump (author)2007-03-01

Dugg it!

canida (author)2007-02-16

Wow, those really don't look like paper.

outofthewoods (author)canida2007-02-19

Thanks for the compliments! I actually ended up giving this to my sister-in-law to wear at her bridal shower and she loved it. Here's a picture of her wearing it!

crestind (author)2007-02-19

Wow those look amazing!

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