Easy Paper Roses

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Supplies for a dozen roses:

15 pieces of computer copy paper (18 for long stem roses)

Vinegar

Water

Food coloring

School glue

Scissors

Chopstick or pencil

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Step 1: Dyeing the Paper

First you will need 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 5 drops of food coloring for each color. Soak a piece of paper in your mixture for about 30 seconds and then set it somewhere to dry.

For a colorful bouquet:

Pink: 2 papers

Blue: 2 papers

Purple: 2 papers

Yellow: 2 papers

Orange: 2 papers

Green: 5 papers (8 for long stem roses)

Step 2: Stems

When your pieces of paper are completely dry get 3 (6 for long stem roses) green pieces and fold them twice making 4 pieces measuring 2.25 inches by 8.5 inches. Cut them and you will have 12 pieces (24 for long stems). Roll a piece around a chopstick and then twist the piece creating a long stick and glue the corner down. Repeat with all the green stem pieces. If you are making long stem roses put 2 stem pieces together.

Step 3: Petals

Fold the petal pieces in half 4 times creating 12 rectangle layers do not unfold and cut a petal shape through all the layers. Use your chopstick to curl all the petals except for 1.

Step 4: Making the Flower

Wrap your uncurled petal around the stem and glue it to the stem. Repeat gluing petals on one at a time fanning the petals out more and more until you are satisfied with the fullness of the rose. I used 9 to 12 petals for every rose. Spray with your favorite perfume and display them in a vase.

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