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How to Make Paper Roses (Step-by-Step)

Roses are some of the most beautiful flowers out there. Make your own DIY roses with just a couple pieces of paper and let your creativity flow.

Check this step-by-step tutorial and learn how to make paper roses from scratch.

paper roses

You can never have too many flowers anywhere, especially not in a craft project. Do you want to turn something simple and boring into something pretty and colorful? Do you want to soften a project, perhaps, and add texture to it, as well?

Then you’ve got to have paper flowers, paper roses in particular.

pile of paper roses

They are so exquisitely easy to make, but they do take time. That’s why you should make a couple dozen of these paper roses beforehand and store them for later. So sit yourself down, put on a movie, and get some munchies out for this fun craft session!

holding paper roses

Take a look at the supplies you’re going to need for this project.

Supplies and Tools You’ll Need

  • 4x paper squares* (3.5″ x 3.5″)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper glue
  • Toothpick
  • Wooden skewer
  • Ruler
paper rose supplies

How to Make Paper Roses

The first step is to pick out the type and color of paper you plan to use as the flowers you make will vary depending on both factors. So take a look at step one of making paper roses!

Video Tutorial

Step 1

First, grab your paper and lay it out on a flat work surface. Grab one corner and bring it towards the opposite corner and fold it in half to make a triangle.

paper square
folding paper into triangle

Fold the triangle once again to make an even smaller triangle.

folding paper triangle in half

Now, open out the last fold you just made and you’ll have a perpendicular fold along the center of your triangle.

Step 2

Grab a pencil and make a marking about an inch and a half down one side. 

measuring on paper

Grab the opposite corner and bring it up towards the marking you just made, pressing down to crease the paper.

folding paper

Repeat this step with the opposite side as well, making the marking the same inch and a half down from the top and then folding the opposite end up and creasing it in place.

folding paper

Step 3

Grab your pencil once again and draw a little petal at the bottom of the paper, as indicated here.

tracing petal on paper

You can experiment with different petal styles, sizes, and designs, as well.

tracing petals on paper

Step 4

Grab a pair of scissors and cut the paper along the petal you just drew.

cutting out petal

Your cut out should look like this.

cut out petal

When you open it out, you should have a pretty little flower like you see below with six petals!

unfolded petal

Go ahead and make three more of these flowers before you move on to the next step. All four pieces should be identical.

four pink petals

Step 5

Place all four pieces one atop the other and line them up.

stack of petals

Then grab one petal and bring it inward to fold it. Repeat this with the other five petals as well, making sure you grab all four flower sheets as you do so.

folding petal

Each of the four flower sheets should look something like a hexagonal cup.

folded petals

Step 6

Now, grab a wooden skewer and place it in the middle of one of the petals. Carefully fold the paper around the skewer to ‘curve’ it into a flowery petal shape. Repeat this with all six petals till your petals are looking softer and more curvy.

wrapping petals around skewer
folded petals
four pink flowers

Step 7

To soften the edges out some more and really give your petals some depth and definition, grab a toothpick and use it to curl the tips of the petals, as well. Each petal can be curled twiced, either facing inward or outward, depending on the finish you’re looking for.

wrapping petals around skewer
wrapping petals around skewer

However, you only need to do this for two of the four sheets as they’ll be the outer petals. The other two will go inside.

folded petals
holding petals

Step 8

This next step might prove to be a little tricky. carefully dab just a little glue on two opposite petals.

glueing petals
glue on rose

Next, bring the two glue-dipped tips together and stick them in place to form the center bud, as seen below.

glueing petals together
glueing petals together

Now dab some glue on two more opposite petals and bring them in to stick them around the center bud.

holding petals
glueing petals together
glueing petals together

Repeat this one more time with the remaining two petals, and you’ll have a nice little bud for the center of your rose.

glueing petals together
completed rose bud
front of rose bud

Step 9

Grab the second of the inner layer sheets and apply glue to the center. Gently stick the conical bud you made just now in the center and hold it till the two components are stuck together.

glue in center of petals

Net, apply thin lines of glue down each of the six petals.

glueing petals
glueing petals

Pull them towards the bud and stick them all together, albeit with some room for them to look like the petals are unfurlurling.

glueing down petals

Step 10

Take on of the outer sheets–the ones whose edges you curled–and stick the center to the bud, as seen below.

adding petals to rose bus

Once again line some glue along the petals and bring them inward to stick them in place.

adding glue to petals
glueing petals to center
glueing down petals
glueing down petals

Repeat this one last time for the outermost petal layer and once you’ve stuck the center to the bud, you can proceed to glue the petals, too. You will notice that the petals look fluffy add soft because of how you curled the tips earlier!

adding glue to petals
glueing petals
petals glued to center

Step 11

If you like, you can stick a circle of washi tape around the bottom of the flower, for an added decorative touch! Your roses are all done, and don’t they look like a million bucks?

adding decorative tape

Here you go, your roses are finished.

holding paper roses

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completed paper rose
Yield: paper roses

How to Make Paper Roses (Step-by-Step)

How to Make Paper Roses (Step-by-Step)

Make these fun DIY paper roses! A fun craft for teens and adults out of paper.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • 4x paper squares* (3.5" x 3.5")
  • Paper glue
  • Toothpick
  • Wooden skewer
  • Ruler

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Gather your supplies to get started on making these paper roses.
  2. To begin with, take the first of your four square sheets of paper and fold it in half to form a triangle. Fold it in half once again to form a smaller triangle, and crease it down the middle before unfolding this last fold.
  3. Grab a pencil and make a marking about 1.5 inches from the top centre. Bring the opposite corner up towards that mark and fold the paper all the way down. Repeat this step with the opposite as well, and fold the coinciding corner.
  4. Now grab your pencil and draw the petal. You can experiment with the shape and size. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out your six-petal flower sheet. Repeat these steps with all four sheets of paper.
  5. Next, grab a wooden skewer and place it along the center of one petal, carefully curving the paper around the skewer to plum up the petal. Repeat this with all six petals of all four sheets till they look like little hexagonal cups.
  6. Now grab a toothpick and curl up the very tip of the petals of just two of the four sheets of paper. These will be the outer petal layers and will make your rose look fluffy.
  7. Take one of the inner sheets and line the tips of two opposite petals with glue.bring them up and stick the ends together to form a conical bud. Repeat this with the remaining two opposite-facing petals till you have a nice bud for the center of the rose.
  8. Take the next layer and apply glue to the center before sticking the center bud on top of the second layer. Hold the two together till they adhere. Now use a toothpick to apply a thin line of glue down each petal and gently bring them inward and overlap them when you stick them to the back petals of the bud.
  9. Repeat this step with the two outer petal layers, too. You will notice that the tips will be fluffy frow=m when you curled them with toothpicks.
  10. You can stick a bit of washi tape around the bottom of the flower, too, for an added decorative touch.

Your paper roses are all ready. Just allow them to dry completely first, and you’re set.

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