Realistic Paper Roses





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.

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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.

Step 2: Materials List

Paper that will "accept a curl".  Bond paper works best!.  Thicker gift wrap with a bond paper like backing works very well.  The more wrinkle resistant the paper is, the less rose like, and more poppy like - the results will be.

or (better)
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

If you are lucky enough to have a programmable craft cutter, laser cutter or other CNC cutting device, this method provides the most realistic results.

Cut out some bond paper using the pattern provided below.

Skip to step 5

Step 4: Paper Doll Method

Fold two 2 inch and 3 inch widths of paper into successively increasing folds as illustrated in the first photo. 

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

Starting with the smallest petal, overlap the two halves of the split and glue together.  Hold the glued sections together for about 2 seconds with two fingers.  While holding that, take a moment to add a curl to the top part of the petal. 

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

Starting with the smallest petal, glue it to your stem and then apply glue along the bottom edge, wrapping the petal strand around the stem until you have glued all the petals on.

Finish up by curling any petals that need it.

There you go!   Yay, attractive flowers!

Step 7: A Rose Made of Ashes

As promised, a burning rose. 

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    52 Discussions


    3 years ago

    SO difficult but SO pretty. I think you should find a way that origami paper is the only material with less steps to make it pre-teen friendly


    4 years ago on Step 7

    Since our business name is Ash & Rose, I could not be more interested and delighted by the Ash Rose and the Burning Rose! Thank you!

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    5 years ago on Step 7

    Do you have a way or technique that can bond the ash rose and stop it from crumbling or breaking afterwards that you use or prefer.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Step 7

    I don't believe such a thing is possible, if you find a way, let me know that would be interesting.


    5 years ago

    the burning rise looks better, I love it


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Could you post the template file for the cricut, i have a different machine available , but any vector format should work.


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    you could use a thick gauge copper wire for the stem. it wouldnt be too expensive and you could choos alot of different coulours due to the insulation.
    yes im a guy looking at this. some girls need impressing ;)

    Yes, it takes time. there are lots of tutorials on line for making paper roses, not quite like this one, but maybe satisfactory to many...

    Yeah!! Um... Well i like thease roses maybe u could try making them for your hair by attaching a clip!!! LOL


    7 years ago on Step 6

    This is great...really great.