Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.
How to Make Paper Rosettes
Have some crafting fun with this step-by-step paper rosette tutorial! This is not the accordion look many guides share but is a little different and more fun to make. Learn the easy process of making the kaleidoscope effect with printed papers. I go over two general steps to get your feet wet in creating this piece:
- First, practice with plain white paper.
- Then, use one of your practice circles to create a template that helps you match the print for a kaleidoscope look.
What You'll Need
Time required: 25 minutes
- White glue
- Eight papers cut into matching circles.
- Plain paper circles for practice.
Tip: 4" circles will make a 6" rosette.
1. Make a template to help match the colors you want to show in the final paper rosette. Use the photos above to learn how to do this step.
2. Next, cut eight identical circles for the rosette. You are ready to fold!
3. Straighten the pattern of each circle so the pattern shows the same way on all of them. Use the template to gauge which colors are going to pop when folded.
4. I want the spiral in the center. The "1" on the template is the center area of the folded circle. The area marked "4" is the edge. The green leaves will show after the circle is folded. Fold in half along the line marked with the "x".
5. Line up the first half fold with each circle and fold them identically. Make sure the edges meet.
6. This is one way to mark the half folds.
7. All the circles are folded in half.
8. Make a soft crease in the middle by folding in half along the straight edge.
9. Fold the bottom tip up to the soft crease.
10. Repeat this step to the remaining circles.
11. Fold the tip down so that the blue O's meetup. See how the spiral pops in the photo above.
12. Turn each circle over and match Os again. You should have a wedge with the folds facing down.
13. Turn the wedges over to make the folds face you.
14. Use a matching circle folded into fours to glue the wedges down.
15. And there you have it: the completed kaleidoscope rosette!
Here is a snapshot of the back. I hope you have many hours of fun with this paper-folding craft. I have literally made hundreds of these rosettes for a dozen craft ideas.
Paper Tip: Look for papers on sale at Tuesday Morning or Ross. If you want to try a craft store, use coupons at Michael's and Joann. Once a few rosettes are made and hung up, your satisfaction will rise to new heights. Invite people over for a pool party or to drink iced tea!
© 2014 Sherry Venegas
Thank You for your comments
Sherry Venegas (author) from La Verne, CA on March 05, 2016:
What a good idea.
RTalloni on March 04, 2016:
Such a neat project. They would look pretty attached to a string of lights for a party.
Sherry Venegas (author) from La Verne, CA on June 15, 2015:
It is very easy to teach to tweens.
Ilona E from Ohio on June 14, 2015:
A very pretty craft. They would make nice party decorations.
WriterJanis2 on June 14, 2014:
This is an easy to follow tutorial and I love how beautiful they look.