Paper Roses

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About: I am a graduate student in conservation biology at Clemson University. When I'm not studying in the library or out in the field collecting data, I love designing and working on DIY projects!

These simple paper roses are a snap to make and are great for decorating or gift wrapping! Here's the supplies you'll need to get started:

  • scissors
  • pen or pencil
  • q-tip or toothpick
  • glue
  • two pieces of 8.5 x 11 paper

Step 1: Cutting the Squares

Choose which colour paper you'd like to use for the rose. The first step is to take the paper and turn it into 4 equally sized squares.

To do this fold the paper diagonally until one corner reaches the opposite side, then cut the excess from the end and unfold. You should have one large square. Next, fold the paper in half, and then in half again to make creases for the 4 smaller squares. Unfold and cut along the crease lines to create the 4 squares.

Step 2: Folding the Squares

Take one of the small squares and fold it in half diagonally down the middle to create a triangle. Next, fold it in half diagonally again along the midpoint of the triangle to make a smaller triangle. Finally, fold it in half diagonally one more time to create an even smaller triangle (see the photos for reference).

Repeat this step with each of the squares.

Step 3: Shaping the Petals

Once you have your 4 folded triangles, use a pen or pencil to sketch a petal outline along one side. Remember to keep the folded edge on the left of the sketch (this will be really important in the next step!).

Cut along the line, making sure to leave a rounded edge. Your triangle should now look like the top half of an exclamation mark. Next, cut a small section from the pointed end.

Repeat this step with each triangle.

Step 4: Cutting the Petals

Now unfold each of the 4 cut triangles. You should have 4 flower patterns with 8 petals each and a small hole in the middle.

Starting with one of the flower patterns, cut out a single petal using the crease lines as a guide.

For the next flower pattern, cut out two combined petals.

For the third flower pattern, cut out three combined petals.

For the fourth flower pattern, cut along the middle creases to make two equal halves with 4 petals each.

You should now have 8 pieces of paper (see photo).

Step 5: Gluing the Petals

Starting with the 7 petal flower pattern, add a small amount of glue to the petal nearest the gap. Next, take the petal on the opposite side of the gap and fold it over and press it on top of the other petal, creating a bowl shape. Repeat this step for each of the other flower patterns.

The 3 smallest patterns require a little extra folding to create the intended shape. Use your pen or pencil to help shape the petals.

Finally, take the single petal and roll it at an angle to create a tube. Add a little dab of glue to hold its shape.

Step 6: Adding the Curled Edges

At this point, you should have 8 glued patterns. These will become the layers of the final rose.

To add a realistic touch, use a q-tip or toothpick to curl the edges of each petal by rolling the petal along the side of the bowl shape. Don't worry if the petals are not symmetrical; real rose petal aren't either and this will make the final product even more realistic!

Step 7: Final Assembly

Now you're ready to glue the layers together. The outermost layer is the 7 petal flower pattern. Add a small amount of glue to the 6 petal flower pattern and press them together. Make sure to alternate the petals so that they are not all in line with each other. Repeat this step to glue all the layers together.

I find it helpful to glue the 3 smallest flower patterns together separately and then add them to the other layers. You may need to trim some layers or cut larger holes so that all the layers fit together nicely.

Step 8: Making the Leaves

Now that you've finished making your paper rose, you can add a couple of leaves to add some character. Ideally you'll want to use a different colour from the paper rose for contrast.

Start by folding the piece of paper in half lengthwise. Next, draw the leaf pattern along the folded edge. Remember to only draw half of the intended shape, as the crease will create a mirror image on the other side. Cut along the sketched line. I like to add a little tab at the end of the leaf shape to make it easy to glue.

Once the leaf shapes are cut out, add some edge detail by making little cuts along the sides. To add leaf veins, take the leaf and fold it at a 45 degree angle multiple times down the length, flipping sides with each fold (see photos for reference).

Now unfold your leaf to reveal its finished shape! If you want, use your pen or pencil to draw in additional leaf detail or highlight the creased veins.

Step 9: Gift Wrapping Ideas

One of the best ways to share your newly created paper roses is attached to gifts! Since the roses are conical in shape, they are easy to glue to wrapping paper at an angle. Remember to glue the leaves down first and then glue the rose on top. I like making bows of ribbon to frame the roses.

Now take your new rose making skills and get creative! Thanks for reading!

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    c-wrex

    11 days ago

    Love this!

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    randofo

    15 days ago

    Very nice!