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Beautiful Handmade Paper Roses Tutorial

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Handmade paper roses

Handmade paper roses

Make Your Own Decorative Paper Roses

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!

What to Embellish With Decorative Roses

  • Chunky greeting cards
  • Scrapbook layouts
  • Decorating canvas
  • Shadow boxes
  • Wreaths
  • Topiaries
  • Clothespins
  • Garlands
Supplies for handmade paper roses

Supplies for handmade paper roses

What You Will Need

  • Cardstock
  • 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)
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Step 1: Punch Out Your Flowers

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 five petals.

distressed edges vs plain edges

distressed edges vs plain edges

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Step 2: Distress the Edges

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!

Curl the petals around the skewer.

Curl the petals around the skewer.

Pull 2 opposite petals up, add some hot glue and join them together.

Pull 2 opposite petals up, add some hot glue and join them together.

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After you glue together the first 2 petals, it will look like this.

After you glue together the first 2 petals, it will look like this.

Then bend up another petal and glue it.  Keep doing this until all petals are folded up and adhered.

Then bend up another petal and glue it. Keep doing this until all petals are folded up and adhered.

All finished. This is the center of your paper rose.

All finished. This is the center of your paper rose.

Step 3: Form the Rose Center

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 two petals opposite each other and bend them into each other, and glue them in place. Then glue the rest of the petals up against the two center petals. See the illustrations below. This will be the center of your rose!

Now take another punched flower and use the skewer to curl the petal inward on one side. Repeat with each petal.

Now take another punched flower and use the skewer to curl the petal inward on one side. Repeat with each petal.

Step 4: Add a Layer

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 with the last remaining flower shapes, curl one side of each petal under with the skewer.

Now with the last remaining flower shapes, curl one side of each petal under with the skewer.

Step 5: Continue Adding Layers

Now you have three 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.

Glue the middle of the rose you formed onto the 2nd flower shape that you curled inward.

Glue the middle of the rose you formed onto the 2nd flower shape that you curled inward.

Fold the 2nd flower shape up around the middle

Fold the 2nd flower shape up around the middle

Now you have three left, take one and glue it (curled side of petals pointing down just like in photo) under the first 2.

Now you have three left, take one and glue it (curled side of petals pointing down just like in photo) under the first 2.

This is what it should look like after you have glued the 3rd one under.

This is what it should look like after you have glued the 3rd one under.

Now, fold each of the petals upward.

Now, fold each of the petals upward.

Now glue another one under, curled side facing down, making sure to alternate the petals.

Now glue another one under, curled side facing down, making sure to alternate the petals.

Glue the last one under (curled sides facing down) making sure to alternate with the petals already glued on and viola! Your beautiful handmade rose is finished.

Glue the last one under (curled sides facing down) making sure to alternate with the petals already glued on and viola! Your beautiful handmade rose is finished.

Step 6: Build the Rose

Okay, now you are ready to build your rose! First, take the first shape that you formed into the centerpiece 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 are 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!

Now you have made a gorgeous paper rose and how easy was that?!

Give the Rose a 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 to find the look that you like.

Comments

Debby on May 25, 2018:

Very cool! I never a rose could be made using this pucch.

SAPPHIRE on February 14, 2018:

NICE

COOL AND AWESOME

Betty Coolidge on January 19, 2018:

Your instructions are very good.I volunteer teaching craft classes to elderly ladies in a retirement home where I live.

Activity fund pays for all supplies.I like to make something useful. I'm looking forward to learning at this site

Cyndy White in Virginia Beach, VA on January 03, 2017:

WoW! Super, well-described tutorial. I have one similar, but the middle "bud" is a little sloppy and not as well-defined as yours. I love making paper roses also and agree they are addictive. I'll definitely try out yours tomorrow, as it's after 11 PM here and too late to start ...I'll not want to stop. Take care and Happy New Year.

Sophia B on January 02, 2017:

This is great! I love how realistic these are! It's AMAZING!!!!!

sanya from india on June 03, 2016:

Thats very cool......

I cant beleive so easy nd beautiful,, gorgeous :-)

Dont have wrds to describe,,,,,i m a teen nd was bored to do smthing nd u made my day gr8

Smthing very useful nd gud

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

breathing- Thank you for your comment. You are very kind!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

Designitbig- Thank you so much! I love making these roses.

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on February 08, 2016:

Really an amazing hub on hand made works! Not everybody can get the opportunity of growing roses in their house. For them this tutorial can be a good consolation. At least they can make roses with their own hand! All the steps are described perfectly. Even an amateur can be greatly boosted from this post and start to make paper roses. Also the author has described in short about how to get the perfect look briefly in the end. So if you are a rose lover and want to fill your room with handmade roses, don’t waste any time!

Victoria Stephens from Cornwall, UK on February 06, 2016:

These are brilliant and really effective. I will defiantly be making some of these in the future! Bookmarked! :-)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 03, 2015:

Kristen Howe, thank you so much! I really appreciate all of your comments on my hubs :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 18, 2015:

Jamie, I love this hub. It's cheaper than a real bouquet of roses and it's perfect for your own home decoration. Voted up for awesome!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

peachpurple- Thank you so much.. I'm sure your roses are beautiful as well :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Sierra M- So glad you like the tutorial. Thanks for dropping by and for commenting!!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 10, 2014:

very beautiful roses, better than mine, vote up

Sierra M on July 20, 2014:

Absolutely love this tutorial, found a similar paper cutter on line and I can't wait to try this. I'm doing paper roses for my wedding so this is going to make so many things that much easier!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

AvineshP- Thank you so much... I really appreciate it!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

zeusspeak- Thank you so much!

Avinesh Prahladi from Chandigarh on November 08, 2013:

I must say that these are quite alluring images. Thanks for the pictorial presentation of how to make handmade paper flowers.

Cheers !!

Celina Martin from London on October 30, 2013:

Wonderful hub! Well-explained pictures. I will be surely trying it. These paper roses look more beautiful than the original ones.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 24, 2013:

shabna- Thanks!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 24, 2013:

Heather Says- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :) I love making these flowers.. they are so easy and fun.

shabna on September 19, 2013:

superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Heather from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

These came out so gorgeous! I have a few flower paper punches but never thought of using them like this. I'm really inspired to make something crafty now. I love your pics and all the different colors of flowers. So pretty. I also like the distressed flowers the best. I'm pinning this for later :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 19, 2013:

Claudia Tello- Aww.. thanks! What a sweet comment and thank you for the vote up :) I've slacked off on my projects lately and I really need to get back into it!! Comments like this really inspire me and push me to keep doing my passion.. thank you :)

Claudia Tello from Mexico on July 28, 2013:

My God! You are so creative it is ridiculous! :) I admire your dedicated creativity and I loved the beautiful textured background you used for the photos. Definitely voted up!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 27, 2013:

Vishakha Bajaj- Thank you so much! Glad that you enjoyed it :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 27, 2013:

livewithrichard- Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the hub... and thank you so much for sharing! I hope your niece will find this useful for her wedding :)

Richard Bivins from Charleston, SC on June 19, 2013:

Incredibly detailed tutorial. You make it look so easy that I might have to give it a try. At the very least, I am sending it to my niece who is getting married in a few months and has been searching out DIY projects for her reception. Sharing it among my networks as well. Great job!!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 16, 2013:

maja dali- Thank you so much! Have fun making your paper flowers :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 16, 2013:

Nourhan- You are so welcome! I'm glad that you found this easy to follow and thank you for your sweet comment :)

Nourhan on May 28, 2013:

That's really easy yet beautiful at the end.

I've searched a lot to make roses using papers and I ended up failing awfully with those tutorials. but yours is really easy to follow and gives a perfect rose at the end.

thank you very much.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 20, 2013:

Mommiegee- Aww.. thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Mommiegee from Alabama on May 16, 2013:

Oh my Goodness! These are too freakin cute! Trying this ASAP. You always deliver Jamie. Thanks!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

RTalloni- Thank you, so glad you enjoyed this! I love doing these roses.. they are really easy to make but beware, once you start making them, you may not be able to stop :) Thank you so much for dropping by and for the pin!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

kidscrafts- Thank you so much for mentioning my hubs! I really appreciate that :) Off to read your hub.. sounds really cute!

RTalloni on May 09, 2013:

Such a great tutorial, just as expected. :) I appreciate the close up look at your method. Your work is beautiful! The rainbow is gorgeous, but I'll probably go for the whites in my first attempt. If they turn out like yours I may never make to the colors! Pinning these flowers to my Origami/Paper/Cards board.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Dana Hinders- Thank you!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

teaches12345- Thank you so much!