Paper Roses

These lovely paper roses are so easy to make! Put a few in a vase, put one on a package for a gift, or on a homemade card. Wherever you place them, they're sure to be appreciated!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    This project only needs paper and something for the stem.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    First, we painted a few wooden skewers. If you don't want to use skewers, you could use straws, or pipe cleaners.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Madeleine chose the paper, and I did the drawing. The simplest way was to start with a spiral like this,

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  • Step 4

    Then here, I started to shape petals...

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  • Step 5

    ..and kept going around until about here.

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  • Step 6

    Maddie cut them out...

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  • Step 7

    ...and did a great job of it!

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  • Step 8

    The next thing was to glue the paper onto the stem. Make sure it's this arrangement: the long part of the stem to the bottom (straight, not scalloped) edge of the flower. You begin at the outside edge, not at the center.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    We opted for the pointy side of the skewer to go in here.

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  • Step 10

    That sat for a while to dry (while we worked on others), then Maddie started winding it up. I reminded her to wind it snugly.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

  • Step 11

    Soon she came to the end, which she looped around, then we glued it. If it wants to slip (some stay in place, and others want to move), just add glue to the bottom to lock it in place.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 11

  • Done!

    Since we were using paper that was patterned on only one side, we alternated which sides would be white - inside or out. Now aren't your handmade roses so, so pretty?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 12

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