Free Large Paper Rose Template: DIY Camellia Rose Tutorial
Lately I have been itching to design a Camellia style paper rose (nickname Cami Rose for short!). I decide from the start that this rose would be a gift to my readers. A lot of you have loved my easy beginners method to giant flowers so I am hopefully you will enjoy this too!
Update: This post has gone viral even beyond your all time favorite rose, Eden, and I am so happy everyone is enjoying it!
Today I am giving you my new free large paper rose template! You will be able to hand cut this rose easily with the printable PDFs or you can download the free svg cut files to use with your favorite cutting machine! This Cami rose is different from some of my other rose designs and the ones I teach in my book, The Art of Giant Paper Flowers in that it has lots of petal layers. This helps to create that authentic Camellia rose look.
This paper rose will measure about 12 inches across in the tutorial I am showing below. You can also make the extra large version as well, which will measure 17 inches once made!
Machine cutters: I include the machine petal measurements below for you to plug in to create the large and extra large Cami rose.
Hand cutters: If you are hand cutting I have pre-sized PDFs for the large and extra large too.
When making the extra large just know that the steps from this tutorial will apply, you will just be adding an extra large petal to the base first to expand the flower. 🙂
Let’s review our supply list to get started on this free large paper rose template design!
- Glue Gun
- 65-pound cardstock
- Scissors and/or cutting machine (Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine)
- Thin wooden dowel for rolling
- Templates (below)
- Patience – Paper roses in general are more advanced and I would say Cami rose definitely will require a little practice if you are new to paper flowers.
- You can always view my full tried and true supply list here!
You will use only 2 petal sizes for the large Cami rose. Cut the following number of petals
- Medium petal – 28
- Large petal – 8
- 1 8-sided Perfect Base
- Medium petal – 4.1 x 4.1 inches
- Large petal – 5.3 x 5.3 inches
- Extra large petal – 6.9 x 6.9 inches (for making the extra large Cami rose)
Number of petals to cut for extra large Cami rose
- Medium petal – 28
- Large petal – 8
- Extra large petals – 8 (if you want to go really fluffy and big add an additional layer of 8 extra large petals.)
- 1 8-sided Perfect Base
Cami Paper Rose Center
To build the paper rose center use 20 of the medium petals. Overlap by gluing 2 of the center petals together as in picture 1.
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Fold them up and secure with glue by wrapping around each other- as if they were hugging each other.
Overlap 2 more petals with glue. Then glue the first center bud onto the next set of connected petals. Repeat the process of wrapping the petals up and around the rose bud, securing with glue.
You will continue to repeat this process, but adding 1 petal at a time to each side as you go.
Repeat again with 2 more petals. When you adding a petal on aim to add the petal to the side that has the 2 seams, as shown in the image to the top left.
Add 4 more center petals – 2 on each side of the rose center. Leave a little more space when you glue these petals up by adding the glue at the base as shown in the image to the left above.
Repeat with the last 4 petals to complete the center. You should have used 20 of your medium petals in the center. If you feel a different number looks better for you that is fine too.
Set your rose center aside. We will build the base next.
Cami Paper Rose Base
Cut about 1 1/2 inch slits at the bottom of the 8 remaining medium petals and the 8 large petals.
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Add glue along the slit and overlap.
To review: At this point you should have 20 medium petals in your Cami rose center, 8 medium petals cut with slits and overlapped with glue, and finally 8 large petals with slits cut at the bottom and overlapped with glue as well, plus 1 8-sided Petal Perfect base cut out.
Using your 8 sided base, start gluing each of the 8 large petals on – one on each side of the base. You should have 8 large petals on your 8-sided base.
Next we are adding in the 8 remaining medium petals. Add each of these petals in between the 1st layer of large petals so that they alternate.
Finally glue in your Cami rose center!
Did you enjoy this free large paper rose template and tutorial?! I hope so! If you did drop me a comment below or share on your favorite social media!
I have enjoyed seeing all your posts flood in since I released this! Some of you have asked about how to hang these flowers on a backdrop. I teach two methods of this. One is with PVC and the other is a tabletop backdrop.
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