DIY Paper Roses


Generally, I will always use 65 pound weighted cardstock paper. You can find this online or at local craft stores

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A glue gun


or Cricut machine

Rose templates by Abbi Kirsten 

You will also need

Add life to your roses with distress inks. Rub in circular motions with a fine bristle ink brush

1. To build the paper rose, open out two of your petal layers. Glue one on top of the other, alternating the petal points. 2. Repeat the last step until all 5 petals layers are added and only two remain. 3. To build the rose center tuck and twist the petals tightly together with one of the petal layers.

4. Glue in the center-most bud onto the last rose petal layer. 5. To finish the center, glue each of the right side of the petal points to the rose bud center, creating a spiral effect. See video for more details. 6. To finish the rose glue in your center!

Using 18 gauge wire bend the tip at a 90-degree angle about 1 inch down from the top – then form a small circle at the tip. Thread your stem through the rose-leaf base.  Add glue to the base and press it to the bottom of your rose to complete the stem. To thicken the stem wrap it in crepe paper and finish it off with floral corsage tape.

If you wish to add extra leaves to your vase of paper roses, use the 24 gauge wire to sandwich it between two leave cutouts with tacky glue.  Repeat the process with several more leaves then build out the brand using the floral corsage tape and connecting them together.

“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”

Matshona Dhliwayo