Beautiful Handmade Paper Roses Tutorial
Don't go out and buy expensive paper flower embellishments. Do what I do and make them yourself! I love making handmade paper roses. With the vast selection of gorgeous papers to choose from, you can come up with many different looks. Maybe you aren't the crafty type but that is okay. These paper roses are super easy, much easier than you may think and once you get the hang of it, you will be making tons of them in no time!
Here are a few ideas about things you can embellish using your handmade paper roses:
- chunky greeting cards
- scrapbook layouts
- decorating canvas
- make wreaths
- embellish clothespins
- shadow boxes
What You Will Need:
- Flower Paper Punch with 5 or 6 petals
- Skewer or something else similar
- Glue gun or another fast drying glue
- Scissors - optional for distressing or petal shaping
Select whatever card stock you want to use for your roses and then punch five flower shapes out of the card stock.
If you don't have a flower shaped punch, you can use scissors to cut out five flower shapes, just make sure they are all the same size and shape with at least 5 petals.
At this point, I like to distress the edges of each of my flower shapes. I do this by taking my small scissors and scraping one of the blades around all the edges of the flower. It just makes the edges of the paper a bit thicker and gives the finished rose a little bit of a distressed look. This is completely optional, so if you prefer, you can move on to the next step. Your rose will still look fabulous!
Now it's time to form the rose. Take one of the flower shapes and put the tip of the skewer in the center of one of the petals with the point right in the middle of the flower and then wrap the petal around the skewer so that it bends into a sort of U shape. Then repeat with all the petals. Once you have all the petals done, take 2 petals opposite each other and bend them into each other and glue in place. Then glue the rest of the petals up against the 2 center petals. See the illustrations below. This will be the center of your rose!
Take another flower shape and use the skewer to curl the side of each petal inward and make sure it's the same side on each petal. This will be the second layer to your rose.
If you are using textured paper be sure to curl the textured side of the paper on this step.
Now you have 3 more flower shapes left. Pick one up and take the skewer and use it to curl the sides of each petal under. Make sure to curl the same side on each petal.
If you are using textured paper, be sure to have the textured side up when curling the sides of each petal under.
Okay, now you are ready to build your rose! First, take the first shape that you formed into the center piece and put a dot of glue on the bottom and stick it on top of the next shape you did, where you curled each petal inward and then fold the petals upward and around the center. You will see the rose starting to form.
Now what you have left is the three flower shapes that you curled each petal under. Take one of those and put a dot of glue on the center and glue it onto the bottom of the rose, making sure the petals are curled under and then fold the petals upward slightly.
For the last two shapes, do the very same thing (glue under and fold up slightly) and be sure to keep staggering the petals so that the rose will be nice and full!
More Paper Rose Photos
Wondering how to get the shabby or tattered look?
If you want more of a shabby or tattered look to your rose, you can cut jagged edges on the tips of each petal before curling and putting the rose together. I have also cut very small scallops and zig zags on the tip of each petal and each one looks a little different when the rose is all finished. Have fun and experiment with it.. find the look that you like.
That is it!
Now you have made a gorgeous paper rose and how easy was that?!