This weekend I was inspired to make some homemade paper roses. We have a Valentine's Day party coming up and I was also putting together a few gifts for some friends this week. I saw some paper roses at a local craft store for a whopping $4 each and thought, I could make those! It turns out they are harder to make then you'd think, but I came up with a pretty good system. See my full paper rose tutorial below!
To make homemade paper roses, I started out with two pieces of printed paper. Fold each piece of paper in half and cut even slits about 2 inches apart along the folded side.
Fold down the corners of each slit to make a V-shape. Flip the paper over and fold down the corners again in the opposite direction.
Using your fingers, tuck the edges of each V-shape inside the folded paper. I just pushed and they easily folded inward.
Each rose uses two lengths of paper. I made several paper roses using different patterns of scrapbook paper.
Start to shape the rose by gathering the paper together along the non-folded edge (the folded edge with V-shapes should point upright). As you gather, secure each section with a dab of hot glue, forming the paper segments into rose petals.
To make petals that are further apart, make a slit along the folded edge of your paper at each V-shape. This will allow the petals to spread as you gather the paper, without tearing. Once the first strip of paper is fully gathered, secure the ends and continue with the second strip of paper.
Continue gathering the second strip of paper to form larger petals that are further apart. This will create the outer layer of your paper rose.
Secure each petal and gather of your paper rose with a dab of hot glue.
My paper roses ended up being simple enough to make once I figured out how to form the petals. I used skewer sticks for the stems, attaching them to the roses with hot glue.
Paper roses are pretty and whimsical!
My daughter had a lot of fun watching me make these and picking out the patterned paper. She loves doing crafts!
We'll use these paper roses to decorate our Valentine's Day party, and probably for other parties as well!
You could make any color combination of paper roses, even using different textures of paper. They would look very cool made from thready recycled paper or fibrous parchment.
My "kisses" paper rose is a perfect decorative touch for Valentine's Day! It was simple to make using patterned scrapbook paper and a hot glue gun, with some strategic folding and gathering.
This is the rose I made for my daughter. She wanted a tiny one with leaves. I'm sure she'll keep it somewhere special for a long time.
I used one of my paper roses in a special "pick-me-up" box I made for a friend battling morning sickness. The pretty paper rose was a perfect decorative touch for the box filled with ginger tea, homemade scones and dark chocolate truffles, candied ginger, and cozy socks!
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I hope you enjoy making your own paper roses! With the fun modern twists now used in wedding decor, these DIY paper roses would make a beautiful bouquet for a whimsical bride or bachelorette party!