Paper Rose Tutorial
Make a basic paper rose with just paper, a pencil, scissors & glue stick.
Select 4 x A4 sheets of coloured paper. Now you are ready to make your rose.
- Fold one of your sheets of paper to create a triangle as shown above, cut, & discard the surplus.
- With the fold at the bottom of your triangle, place your finger in the centre and fold the points together. Crease well.
- Now fold this triangle once more as shown on 3
Next you are going to create the petal shape.
Make sure your folds are even and the centre folds are not cut.
4. When you are happy with the shape cut and discard the surplus. This shape will be your template.
5. Repeat the above with the remaining 3 sheets of paper.
6. Open up each one to show 8 petals.
To guide you through the next stage, we will call them flowers 1,2,3,& 4
- Flower 1> cut out one petal, set these aside.
- Flower 2> cut out two petals and set aside
- Flower 3> cut our three petals and set aside
- Flower 4> cut in half
- 7 petals> spread glue evenly over an end petal, now take the petal at the other end and completely overlap the glued one, this creates a 6 petal wide cone.
- 1 petal> curl this petal up to create the centre petal, tight at the base and a little wider at the top. You could curl it around a cocktail stick if you have one. To secure, glue the outer side edge.
- 6 petals> spread glue evenly over an end petal, now take the petal at the other end and completely overlap the glued one, creating a 5 petal cone.
- 2 petals> curl these petals up, tight at the base and a little wider at the top. To secure, glue the outer side edge.
- 5 petals> spread glue evenly over an end petal, now take the petal at the other end and completely overlap the glued one, creating a 4 petal cone.
- 3 petals> roll into a cone, spread glue over just half a petal.
- 4 petals> spread glue evenly over an end petal, now take the petal at the other end and completely overlap the glued one, creating a 3 petal cone.
- 4 petals> spread glue evenly over half an end petal, now take the petal at the other end and wrap around (tight at the base) creating a 3.5 petal cone.
Now Get Creative
Optional Try embellishing the edges of the petals
- use chalk, crayon, paint
- trim edges with shaped scissors
- curl the outer edge of the petals around a pencil
Assemble the flower
Tip. Read through this next section before you do anything.
- Assembly is done by applying glue around the base of each group of petals, I always start with the smallest one. Then inset this into the next size up until the flower is complete.
- Try out a dry run first!
- The base of the petals may need to be trimmed to achieve the best look for your flower, once you are happy with the look, glue together.
- Adjust the size by changing the initial paper size.
- You can use 80g card, but this is much harder to fold and cut.
- Now you have the basic skills for any flower, just adapt by changing colours, the petal shape and any other idea you may have. For a re-use project, try using newspaper or unwanted magazines
Enjoy yourself. I have great fun making these.
Thank you for reading, now try making a flower, please let me know if you have any problems with this tutorial. I am not brave enough for youtube yet!
We have big plans to spend time crafting, learning new skills, improving existing ones. We are going to experiment with up-cycling random items we already own and plan to share the adventure, warts an’ all!
We both retired as trustees of the environmental charity Arran Eco Savvy during 2017 During the busy years as trustees we spent so much of out time organising events, skills workshops and education projects, but we never got time to actually join in. We longed for the luxury of time to craft and up-cycle.
So there is nothing to stop us now, we hope to regularly post pictures and blog here.