There are many ways to make paper roses -- all documented online. But..
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
I deconstructed a rose by removing all it's petals and laying them out in order. There seem to be around 24 petals (with 3 or 4 of them small and mutant). The petals gradually descend in size as you get closer to the center.