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Beautiful Handmade Paper Roses Tutorial

Updated on June 19, 2013
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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
  • topiaries
  • embellish clothespins
  • garlands
  • shadow boxes

Supplies for handmade paper roses
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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

STEP ONE

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.

STEP TWO

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!

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STEP THREE

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!

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.
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 FOUR

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 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 FIVE

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.

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 SIX

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!

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.

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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?!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not much chance of me doing this, Jamie, but I wanted to stop by and say hi. I hope you are doing well my friend.

      Have a great weekend!

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Simplicity is beautiful, lovely roses Jamie, lovely tutorial, definitely want to have a go at some of these. Have a super week-end.

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      Donna 3 years ago from USA

      Great tutorial! Your step by step instructions and photos are very simple to follow and the completed roses are beautiful. I can see using these in many projects. Pinning and voting up!!

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      Gypsy48 3 years ago

      Love the roses, they are gorgeous. Thanks or sharing. Your step by step tutorial is very helpful.

    • Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Beautiful roses! You always have such nice step-by-step instructions and nice photos in your tutorials. Thanks for the inspiration. (btw- made the glimmer mist and folded some envelopes. Do you have a bone folder? These are great for folding a bit heavier card stock, like I used for the envelopes.)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jamie,

      What a gorgeous tutorial really beautifully done!! These roses look so easy thanks to your great pics, step by step instructions and great simple raw ingredients!! Dying to try this out have to get myself one of these paper flower cutters!! Great job my friend, all votes, shared & pinned!

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      Faythe F. 3 years ago from USA

      Beautiful...I love roses,, these look really fun to make..thanks for sharing the idea

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      sunflowerforests 3 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      Oh wow! These look really nice. I have made tissue paper flowers before with a group of children for mother's day gifts. They turned out okay, but I really like these much better. Thanks for the great hub.

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      Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I find these are beautiful and simple to make. Thanks for sharing!

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      frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America

      Step-by-step instructions and pictures were easily understood, and your roses are simply lovely. I am curious about the textured cardstock you had...does it have a 'name'? Loved all the varied colors and indeed, each rose is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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      Sleepylog 3 years ago from Australia

      Wow!! Great hub! So easy to make! This hub deserves to be HOTD! I'll definitely nominate it. Well done and thank you for posting this.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting and so creative a perfect work of art and the colors are beautiful.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      That looks like fun. So pretty!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub Jamie! Excellent step-by-step instructions with great pictures!

      When I see the final picture.... you have been quite busy!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      This creative DIY hub makes me want to belt out Marie Osmand's 'Paper Roses' song. LOL You are so creative Jamie~I just love this flower art. Thanks for the great information and pictures.

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      Thomas Silvia 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend i don't see myself doing this but with these easy to follow instructions and all get photos it will make so easy for anyone interested in doing . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is wow Jamie and I am sharing this with my Mum who loves making flowers. She will be pleased. I find it very difficult to find craft materials where I live. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Voted up +++

      Sharing, pinning and tweeting!

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      Celeste Wilson 3 years ago

      My goodness, I am at a loss for words. These are simply gorgeous. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Pinning it for sure.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Jaime, this is a very lovely craft. And you photos are so beautiful. This is something that would make any shower or wedding look amazing. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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      Michelle Clairday 3 years ago from Arkansas

      Love this idea!!! I'll definitely give it a try.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is so beautiful, and much easier than I realized! I'm going to try this sometime. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and providing step-by-step photos, as well as instructions. I am a visual person, so this is ideal for me.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      billybuc- Thank you Bill :) Things are wonderful here.. I haven't felt this good in quite a long time. Hope all is good up your way as well! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      sallybea- Thank you so much.. hope you are having a fabulous weekend :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      purl3agony- Thank you so much! I really appreciate the pin and votes up :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Gypsy48-Thank you so much!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Alise-Evon- Thank you so much.. I try really hard to make the instructions as understandable as I possibly can and always put photos in case something I write is confusing. Glad you made the glimmer mist! I do not have a real bone folder.. I have a white piece of plastic that came with the Martha Stewart scoreboard that I use sometimes but I would love to have a real bone folder. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Suzie HQ- Thank you :) So glad I finally got it published, lol! It has been in the works for way too long. Glad you enjoyed this. As usual, these quickly became an addiction.. I got into the habit of making a few each night before I went to bed and before I knew it, I had a ton of them. Thank you so much for the votes, shares and pin. Hope you are have a fabulous day, Suzie :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      faythef- You are welcome.. glad you enjoyed this :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      sunflowerforests- Aww. thanks so much. Glad you like these!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Anamika- Thank you so much :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      frogyfish- Thank you so much :) There are many different brands of textured card stock but the one I used in this tutorial is Darice brand and it comes in a 4.5 inch by 6.5 inch tablet of 60 sheets in 30 colors. It's perfect for making these roses because of the texture and all of the pretty colors.. I just love it. Hope that helps! Thank you so much for dropping by!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What an awesome, detailed tutorial! There are so many possibilities for these little flowers.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      sleepylog- Oh my goodness! Thank you so much :) I am so glad that you enjoyed the hub!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      DDE- Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed it...thank you for dropping by!

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      Sheri Faye- Thank you so much :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      kidscrafts- Thank you :) I did do quite a few of them.. I tend to not want to stop, once I get started. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Minnetonka Twin- Oh my goodness..talk about a blast from the past... I have not heard that song in years! Thank you for the sweet comment... so glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      kashmir56- Thank you sir! Also, thank you for the votes up and for sharing!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      livingsta- You are so welcome! Thank you for sharing with your mum.. Maybe you could make some of these with your mum.. it would be fun! Also, thanks for the vote up, sharing, pinning and tweeting.. I really appreciate it :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      celeste inscribed- Oh my goodness... thank you so much :) You should give them a try sometime.. they are super easy but beware, they can be addictive! Thank you for the pin, too!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Careermommy- You are so welcome.. thanks so much for dropping by and for your sweet comment :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Mommy Needs a Nap- Thank you! They are so simple, you'll love making them :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Kathryn Stratford- Thank you so much.. I hope you do give them a try :) They really are super simple. I'm glad the photos are helpful for you...I know what you mean, I'm a visual type of person too. Thanks for dropping by!!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      randomcreative- Thank you so much!

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Jamie Brock.

      Those flower are visually very attractive and I saw people use them as gifts and parcels decoration, so I think they're also economically potential. Vote up for this useful and beautiful hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      How cool is this! I think these could be used for so many different things. Pinned for later use. Awesome craft hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      These are so beautiful, Jamie. Love your efforts in making this hub for others to follow.

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      Dana Hinders 3 years ago

      Beautiful flowers!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Jamie! I just published a new hub for Mother's Day (Potpourri Hat - A cute Mother's Day Gift) and I mentioned two of your hubs that people could use to decorate my project instead of buying artificial flowers :-)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      agusfanani- Thank you so much for the vote up and positive feedback...glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Glimmer Twin Fan- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it :) I truly enjoy making them... I find once I get going, it's hard to stop!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      teaches12345- Thank you so much!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Dana Hinders- Thank you!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      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.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Mommiegee 3 years ago from Alabama

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

    • Nourhan 3 years ago

      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.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Richard Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      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!!!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      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 :)

    • shabna 3 years ago

      superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      shabna- Thanks!

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      Celina Martin 3 years ago from London

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

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

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

      Cheers !!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      zeusspeak- Thank you so much!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

    • Sierra M 2 years ago

      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!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      very beautiful roses, better than mine, vote up

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 14 months ago from Texas

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

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      Victoria Stephens 11 months ago from Cornwall, UK

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

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      Sajib 11 months ago from Bangladesh

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 9 months ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 9 months ago from Texas

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

    • sanya from india 7 months ago

      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

    • Sophia B 2 weeks ago

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

    • Cyndy White in Virginia Beach, VA 2 weeks ago

      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.

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