How to Make Crepe Paper Rosettes

Updated on July 29, 2016
Crepe Paper Rosettes
Crepe Paper Rosettes | Source

Crepe paper streamers make festive party decorations but there are lots of other ways you can decorate using crepe paper. In this hub tutorial, I will show you how to turn plain crepe paper streamers into pretty rosettes that you can use in several different ways to make even more fabulous crepe paper decorations. You can use them to make holiday wreaths, party garlands and so much more. One great thing about crepe paper is that it comes in lots of different colors so you should never have a problem finding the perfect colors for any occasion. Black and orange is good for Halloween, pinks and reds for Valentine's Day and list goes on and on. With the fabulous choice of colors and it's versatility, crepe paper is perfect for crafting.

These rosettes are super easy to make and once you get the hang of it, you will want to do tons of them. The more rosettes you have, the more of an impact you will make with your decorations. Below is a step by step tutorial, followed by some examples of different embellished rosettes.

Supplies Needed:

  • Rolls of Crepe Paper
  • Needle- an extra-fine needle (for fine fabrics) work best
  • Thread - extra-fine thread works best
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments

Step 1

Cut a 26" strip of crepe paper. You can use a single strip to make a rosette or if you want a little bit fuller one you can use two strips. Just lay one on top of the other.

crepe paper strip
crepe paper strip | Source

Step 2

Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread with a thick knot. A needle and thread optimal for fine fabrics is best but not completely necessary. The main thing is that the needle is not too large (around). You'll definitely want to use a smaller needle. Also it really doesn't matter what color of thread you use because it won't be showing.

tie a large knot at end of thread
tie a large knot at end of thread | Source

Step 3

Start sewing a straight stitch down the edge of the crepe paper. Keep the stitch as close to the edge as possible. After the first few stitches, be sure to pull the thread up where the knot catches the crepe paper. Continue the stitch all the way down to the end of the strip.

stitch at the edge
stitch at the edge | Source

Step 4

Now that you have stitched all the way down the strip, holding the thread, start scrunching the crepe paper down. This will cause the paper to bunch up and be ruffled. Be sure to doing very gently, crepe paper is so thin and will rip very easily. I scrunch it down as far as I can without it being too tight and having to force it and then I tie another thick knot.

scrunch crepe paper down
scrunch crepe paper down | Source
ready for ends to be glued
ready for ends to be glued | Source

Step 5

It's time to join the ends to form the rosette. Take the glue gun and put a very small line of glue on one edge of the crepe paper ruffle and then you want to glue it to the other side, forming a circle.

ends of rosette
ends of rosette | Source
gluing ends together to form rosette
gluing ends together to form rosette | Source

Step 6

Cut a circle out of card stock. It can be the size of a quarter or even a half dollar, depending on the size of your rosette. I find a quarter sized circle works fine in most cases. Now, you have to do this quickly... put some hot glue all over the circle- put the glue gun down. Gather the crepe paper ruffle and gather it as close in to the middle as possible.. It should come together pretty easily and pucker in the middle. Carefully take the circle with glue on it and put it right onto the middle of the crepe paper flower. Turn it over and make sure all the gathered edges are glued down.

put glue on circle
put glue on circle | Source
gather and glue circle in the middle to hold gathers in place
gather and glue circle in the middle to hold gathers in place
ready to be embellished
ready to be embellished

Step 7

Now you can fluff it up and adjust it if needed and add your embellishment. You can embellish either side of the rosette. If your embellishment is larger than the circle you can glue it over the circle. If you prefer, you can embellish the gathered side.

Here are some ideas for embellishments:

Embellished Rosettes

Rosettes embellished with buttons.
Rosettes embellished with buttons. | Source
Rosettes embellished with crepe paper carnations.
Rosettes embellished with crepe paper carnations. | Source
Rosettes embellished with paper shapes.
Rosettes embellished with paper shapes. | Source
Rosettes embellished with rolled flowers made from crepe paper.
Rosettes embellished with rolled flowers made from crepe paper. | Source

Tips and Ideas

  • If you were unable to stitch as close to the edge as you would like, it will be helpful to cut off any excess edge behind the stitches.. this will help you gather the rosette more tightly in the middle.
  • You can layer a smaller rosette on top for another cute look.
  • Try layering different colors
  • If you prefer you can skip doing the stitch and gather the strip all together in the middle using your hands and glue the gathers down that way. I have seen in done that way but I prefer to do a stitch because it gathers so much prettier, fluffier and is much more even.

Use these crepe paper rosettes to:

  • Make garland - string several of them together
  • Embellish wreaths
  • Hang from the ceiling for party decorations
  • Make ornaments
  • Embellish wrapped gifts
  • Make prize ribbons- Cut a piece of ribbon about 5 to 6 inches long, turn it vertically and cut an upside down V at the bottom, glue a rosette on top and then cut a card stock circle and glue it on the rosette and write something on it like 1st Place or Great Job. Put a pin on the back and give it to your "winner!"
  • Piece a bunch of them together and use as a festive photo backdrop


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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      vespawoolf- You are so welcome! Thank you for the compliments on the photos and instructions. These flowers would have been perfect for the party.. but now you have it so you can use it for the next one! Hope you are having a great weekend )

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I wish I'd had this tutorial last month when I helped decorate for an anniversary party. Your photos and instructions are great. I've marked this for future reference. Thanks so much! The layered rosettes are my favorite. : )

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      vocalcoach- Thank you, I had fun making them and knew it would be a good craft to share here at HP. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and big thank you for the vote up :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Jamie - These Crepe-Paper Rosettes are just beautiful. The photos are helpful and support your excellent step-by-step instruction. Voting up and more.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Carol :) You really should make some.. they are so easy! I bet that a bunch of them would look fab in a vase. Wouldn't pink and red ones be so cute for valentine's day?! Thank you for stopping by and for the vote up :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Love this craft. You did an excellent job with instructions and the photos are fabulous. Want to get some crepe paper and make a bouquet for a vase. Voted UP.