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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!

Supplies needed:
– 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. :)]
– Pencil
– Toothpick
– Twine [or something to make the stem]


Here were the supplies I used.

How to make paper roses

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.]
How to make paper roses

After you cut three pieces the same size, you’ll fold them all the way I did below. First you fold them in half like this…
How to make paper roses

Then, you fold them again, and again, so they’re a nice little triangle.
How to make paper roses

Take your pencil, and draw a pattern on there, so you’ll cut the top rounded, and then cut the tip off, as well.  Use this one as a pattern for your other two pieces.
How to make paper roses

You should have three pieces cut out, looking like this when you unfold them.

How to make paper roses

The next step is to cut one petal out of one, two petals out of the next one, and three petals out of the next. You should then have something that looks like this…
How to make paper roses

Take some glue, and put it on one petal, then you’ll take the next side and overlap petals to make it stick.
How to make paper roses

You will glue all the pieces, except for two: the piece with one petal, and the piece with two.
How to make paper roses

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….]
How to make paper roses

How to make paper roses

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.
How to make paper roses

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…
How to make paper roses

I then place the flowers in a vase and they’re sitting on my dining room table. These are the kinds of flowers that I like, because I won’t kill them by not watering them.
How to make paper roses

Have fun!

  • August 18, 2011 - 11:13 am

    Becky - Love the close-up where you can read the writing on the page and its about glycogen stores in long-distance runners. Cracked me up.!! Seems like these flowers should be made from the pages of a romance novel or something, but nope – whatever works!!

  • August 18, 2011 - 11:18 pm

    Bethany Detweiler - Love them! So beautiful!

  • October 4, 2011 - 9:21 pm

    Vintage Shoot by Photography by Susie! « rebekahjoyphoto.com - […] Everything in the shoot came from my house (except for the paper flowers…tutorial on Susie’s blog!) […]

  • November 5, 2011 - 8:25 am

    April - I came across this tutorial a few months ago, and I wanted to share: I’m making these in lieu of having real flowers at my small-ish wedding in Michigan next year. The flowers are coming from a contract law textbook and are 3″ and 4.5″ inches wide. I paint them with watered-down acrylic paint when they’re in the stage before you cut them into petals. I use pipe cleaners wrapped tightly in floral tape to make the stems.

    It is SUPER time-consuming making 200+ of these, but you can watch TV while you’re doing it. I’m halfway through watching the entire series of Family Ties.

  • December 21, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Washington DC Wedding Blog ~ DIY Paper Rose Flower Tutorial | Capitol Romance ~ A Creative DC Wedding Blog - […] wedding! We would love to share it here. Also, a special thanks again to the very awesome Susie of Photography by Susie for sharing her paper rose tutorial & images with […]

  • July 1, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Susie - Hey, Maggie – Congrats on your wedding! Honestly, I don’t know that you have to worry about the petals if you use thick enough paper. Here’s a link to a photo I just took of my bouquet I made when I did the post almost two years ago, and you can see the curls are still holding! http://www.photographybysusie.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_20130701_194409.jpg
    Best wishes on your wedding!

  • January 5, 2015 - 6:58 am

    Luigia Passarello - Belle le rose e molto semplici da fare. Grazie per l’idea.

  • March 8, 2015 - 9:12 pm

    Jen Doggette-Powell - Awesome idea

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