How To Make Paper Roses | Maryland Wedding Photographers

August 18, 2011

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!

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  1. Becky

    August 18th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    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!!

  2. Bethany Detweiler

    August 18th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Love them! So beautiful!

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  4. April

    November 5th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    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.

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  7. Maggie Mae

    June 29th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I’m making these for my wedding, which is a few months away. I’m worrying about the petals losing their curl…do you know if there is anything I could spray on them to prevent that from happening?

  8. Susie

    July 1st, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    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!
    Best wishes on your wedding!

  9. Marite Aguilera

    March 30th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I love love live this idea!! And it was the best tutorial I found!
    I’m also doing this for my adding, but instead of books, I’m using maps because of the theme.
    The only problem I had was with the one petal curl. I decided to just skip that in the assembly line. I think it looks better.
    Thanks so much!!

  10. Luigia Passarello

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:58 am

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

  11. Jen Doggette-Powell

    March 8th, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome idea