How to Make a Paper Rose – a Tutorial

How to make a paper rose

Roses aren’t just for weddings or Valentine’s Day. They’re a beautiful addition to add a pop of colour to a room or brighten up the interior of an event location. But they’re among the more costly types of flowers and a pretty bouquet can easily set you back by $50 to $100. So why not make your own? Not only will paper roses last much longer, they’ll also make for a lovingly, handmade gift. All you need is some craft paper and a few craft tools. Find out how to make a rose out of paper in our step-by-step guide below.

How to make paper roses

Paper-based crafts aren’t just great for kids. They’re fun at any age. To get started with making your DIY paper rose you’ll need:

  • Craft paper in different colours or the colour of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or paper glue
  • Pencil

Then simply follow this paper rose tutorial and you’ll be marvelling at your own paper rose in no time!

Step 1: Cut the paper

Note: You need three square pieces of paper in order to make one paper rose.


First, take one A4 size piece of craft paper and fold diagonally to make a square. Cut off and throw away the rectangle piece that’s left over.


Cut the square into four pieces – you’ll need three of these to make the paper rose.

Step 2: Fold the paper

Take one of the pieces of paper and fold it diagonally. Then fold it diagonally twice more as shown in the image.

Step 3: Mark and cut

Take a pencil and draw a semi-circle as shown here. Cut off the top part and discard it. Cut a small hole at the bottom and then open out the flower. Do the same to the other pieces of paper.


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Step 4: Cut out segments

Cut and remove a segment from one of the flower shapes. Take the second flower shape and this time, cut two segments out of it. With the third flower shape, cut out three segments. The image shows what you should be left with.

Step 5: Curl the edges

In this step, curl the edges outwards. A pencil or a toothpick can help you do this. Curl them as much as is shown in the last image.

Step 6: Glue the edges

In turn, take each of the three flower shapes you’ve just curled and apply glue to one segment. Fold the flower so the adjacent segment sticks to the segment you’ve just applied glue to.


The smaller pieces you cut out in step 4 should each be rolled up and glued into place.


You should hopefully now have six pieces as shown in the image.

Step 7: Arrange the rose

Take the largest flower piece and place the second largest inside, then the third largest, etc. Adjust all the pieces until you’re satisfied with how the paper rose looks. Apply glue to each piece so it stays exactly where you want it to. Wait for the glue to dry and voilà, now you know how to make a rose out of paper that looks almost like the real thing.


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