The wheel! I must reinvent it!
I don't know why I became fixated on making paper roses. I thought it would be great to make some of them out of gift wrap for Christmas present decor. I also had a strange urge to see what it would look like when burning. (Check the last page of this instructable for the video)
(Please don't start singing that Marie Osmond song from the 70s. I just got it to stop re-cycling in my head recently)
I came up with two ways to do it. The better way (if you are lucky enough to have a programmable craft cutter) and the paper doll way, easier, but the results are mixed. I will give examples of both ways of doing it in this instructable.
Step 1: The Idea
Step 2: Materials List
programmable craft cutter
White or wood glue
Something to be the stem. I found bamboo skewers work very well, but for a realistic result, you may want to find something with a natural flex to it. A bouquet of these roses on bamboo skewers feels awkward and besides bamboo skewers a very sharp and pointy and not safe for little kids.
fine tip applicator for the glue
someone requested the MaketheCut files (.mtc) so I've attached those as well for those who are interested
Also attached now are SVG files which work with other types of cutters
Step 3: Craft Cutter Method
Cut out some bond paper using the pattern provided below.
Skip to step 5
Step 4: Paper Doll Method
Cut as indicated in the photos: (video soon)
Cut in a ways from the bottom, leaving about a half inch margin.
Cut away the lower portion of the petals.
Cut around the top portion of the petal.
Unfold the petals and then snip the middles of them about 1.5 inches in from the bottom along the fold
Step 5: Gluing the Petals to Be More Three Dimensional
See this video for a demonstration:
Continue gluing the petals until you have a sort of helical shape of petals strung together as in the photo.
Step 6: Gluing the Petals to the Stem
Finish up by curling any petals that need it.
There you go! Yay, attractive flowers!