How to Make a Paper Rose
Roses aren’t just for weddings or Valentine’s Day. They’re a beautiful addition that adds a pop of colour to a room or venue. However, they can be one of the most costly types of flower. A pretty bouquet can easily set you back by $50 to $100. So why not make some roses out of paper? Not only will they last much longer, but they 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 your DIY paper rose, you’ll need:
- Craft paper in different colours or the colour of your choice
- Hot glue gun or paper glue
Step 1: Cut the paper
You need three square pieces of paper to make one paper rose.
First, take one A4 size piece of craft paper and fold it diagonally to make a square. Cut off and throw away the leftover rectangle piece. Cut the square into four equal segments – 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.
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. This image shows what should be left.
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 parts, as shown in the image.
Step 7: Arrange the rose
Take the biggest flower piece and place the second largest inside, then the third-largest, and so on. Adjust all the pieces until you’re satisfied with how the paper rose looks. Apply glue to each piece so it stays precisely where you want it. Wait for the glue to dry and voilà; now you know how to make a paper rose that looks almost like the real thing.
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