During the last few years, I wouldn’t consider myself someone who is creating and likes to make things. However, I’m trying to explore that side of me and attempted the other day to make paper roses. There are lots of different ways to make paper roses, and paper flowers, but I saw these in a photo of a bridal bouquet and thought they were the cutest things ever!
– Book you don’t want anymore
– Paper cutter and/or scissors and ruler
– Glue [not school glue, something stronger. I used hot glue and it almost worked. :)]
– Twine [or something to make the stem]
Here were the supplies I used.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a paper cutter or a ruler [yes, I couldn’t find one anywhere in the house. :P], so I just guessed at the measurements. The important thing though, is to cut three pieces of paper the same size. [I tried for a 4″ piece, and I think I got pretty close.]
You should have three pieces cut out, looking like this when you unfold them.
Here is where the toothpick comes into play. Take the toothpick and use it to curl the petals after you’ve glued them. You’ll also curl the pieces with just one and two petals, and you should end up with the following pieces…[look at the next photo down….]
Now you’ll assemble the rose. The piece with 5 petals will go inside the piece with 6 petals, and so on and so forth. To assemble, put glue on the outside of the smaller piece, and place it inside the rose. Alternate the petals, so your petals aren’t right on top of each other. Once you have all the pieces in the rose, let it dry for a bit before you put the twine in for the stem. For the twine, I cut a piece [this had wire in it as well], then just bent the top over so it wouldn’t slide all the way through, slid it through the center of the rose, and it stayed quite nicely.
Once you get the hang of making these, it doesn’t take long. Like, for instance, this bouquet only took me all day. [Just kidding! It probably took me 10 min per flower]. If I would have a paper cutter it would take even less time…