DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose


This contributor post was written by Patty of P.S. it’s in the details.

I’ve been getting asked how to make paper roses and I thought it would be a fun tutorial to share with you. It’s really a very simple process, however the results are anything but simple.

I’ve featured paper roses a few times on my blog ~ two samples are shown, above. The recycled magazine roses can be found here. The glittered, layered book page roses can be found here.

Paper roses can be made from lots of fun things – scrapbook paper, magazines, maps, book pages, catalogs, calendars… you get the idea. All you need is a square sheet of paper, a pair of scissors, some adhesive and you’re in business!

Here are the materials you’ll need: 1. paper 2. scissors 3. hot glue gun or glue dots

Here is how you make it:

Start with a square piece of paper. Obviously, the larger the square, the larger the rose will be. My tutorial uses a 6″ square which results in a finished rose of about 1 1/2″ across. You can adjust the finished size of the rose, though, and I’ll explain how to do that further into the tutorial.

1. Have a bunch of paper squares cut to size.

2. Start cutting a circle shape, beginning on the side of a paper square.

3. Cut the circle shape all the way around the outside of the paper. When you get close to the starting point aim your cutting line in about a half of an inch.

4. Keep cutting a spiral circle, all the way towards the middle of the paper. It should be a free-hand cut… don’t worry about being precise.

5. The very end of the cut spiral circle should end in a tab shape.

6. Remove the outside square shape by cutting it off where the spiral circle shape begins.

7. Start at the outside edge of the circle spiral and tightly roll the paper to form the rose. Roll towards the top side of the paper.

8. When you get to the very end, the tab will come in handy. Continue to hold the rose very tight, pressing and conforming the tab to the bottom of the rolled shape. (Now you can adjust the ‘tightness’ of your paper rose…. keep it wound tight for a tighter rose, or slowly release your hold on the paper spiral and let it unwind for a looser rose.)

9. Once you have the rose as you would like it, add a drop of hot glue to the tab and carefully press it to the bottom of the rose, catching the spirals on the inside. I have also used glue dots on smaller roses and they work fine, too.

Tah dah! You have made a paper rose!

Play around with different papers to get different looks. Double-sided papers are really pretty (like my recycled magazine roses) because you have color on both sides if they’ll be seen from different angles. Multiple layers give a fuller rose (like my glittered book page roses).

It may take a few practice roses to get the hang of it, but once you make a few you’ll see that it really is a very simple process. The hard part will be deciding what to make with all of your pretty rose flowers!

About Patty: Patty Schaffer is the owner of P.S. it’s in the details, an Etsy shop where you can find creative paper things that will make you ooooo and ahhh! Her shop specializes in paper accents for scrapbooking, card making, gift giving and home decor. Patty also shares DIY and craft projects, news on upcoming shop releases and other fun things on her blog, Capture the Details.

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DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose: This contributor post was written by Patty of P.S. it’s in the…

brittni mehlhoff (@papernstitch) | February 13th, 2012 at 11:01 am

Cute! RT @papernstitch DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose: This contributor post was written by Patty of P.S. it’s in the…

Katherine Phan (@SimpleSmiles_) | February 13th, 2012 at 11:07 am

I love these and the paper used for them as well! I have tried so hard to make some of these with no success. I am excellent with paint, paper & sewing but me and glue don’t get along 😉

Gorgeous project – Brandi

Keeping It Indie | February 13th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

DIY: How to make a paper rose (apropos of Valentine’s Day) —

emy shin (@emy_shin) | February 13th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose @papernstitch

Contemporary Cloth (@ccloth) | February 13th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love this. What a great craft to do with my girls. We could buy cute little mugs as vases!

Seriously Sassy Mama | February 13th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Ooo! So pretty! And a really good idea for me to finally “take care” of all that old scrapbooking paper.

Emily | February 13th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose

Mariana (@BehindMyDesk) | February 13th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Oh, this is sooo cute! I will definitely try to make these paper roses!!
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Mariana | February 13th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Oh, excellent – a project to try with all of this unused scrapbooking paper that I have in my closet! The roses look so pretty that I need to try this.

Stephanie @ Old World Primitives | February 13th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

my tutorial on how to make paper roses: DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose

Patty Schaffer (@psinthedetails) | February 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

This is great! Thanks for sharing :)

claire | February 13th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose (via @papernstitch)

Dani Danczuk (@danidanczuk) | February 13th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Give someone a paper rose! DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose

Eva C. Petersen (@evapdesign) | February 13th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Gosh they are the sweetest things. Will so have a go at these later! Thanks for sharing x

Dorset Finca | February 14th, 2012 at 3:14 am

Thanks for sharing! I have this pile of cute paper and thanks to you I know what to do with it. Lovely.

Raphaele | February 14th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

DIY: How to Make a Paper Rose

Heather (@WorcEatsVeg) | February 15th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I’ve seen these DIY paper roses everywhere.. @papernstitch gives a good how-to.
Can’t wait to try.

Mercedes Reinhard (@advert_girl) | February 17th, 2012 at 11:20 am

Egy csokor rózsát esetleg?

Vasárnapi hobbi (@vasarnapihobbi) | February 25th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

i tried to roll it up but it didn’t work. and the pictures you had looked like they didn’t match and i just wasted all of my paper :(

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Fabian Lancheros (@FabitoLancheros) | May 30th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

My daughter is making these paper roses into bouquets for Valentine’s gifts. She decided she wanted to use decorative-edge craft scissors to cut out the spiral. She also got out colored tissue paper. I have a feeling they’re going to turn out darling! :)

Annie | February 7th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Oh lovely! I have tried making a few of these too. Will make some more with printed paper. Here is the result –
Jay recently posted..Roses are Red!

Jay | February 21st, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I shared your tutorial on my blog post today It was so easy to follow and I got perfect results. Thanks so much! It was too good not to share! :)


ShannonSews | February 25th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Wonderful. Thanks Shannon. :)

papernstitch | February 25th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Those came out so nice with the printed paper

Ron | April 3rd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Does anyone have any ideas of how this could be made into a bouquet? I would love to use these flowers for my wedding bouquet…

Rachel | April 11th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

They’re even cuter if you cut an uneven, wavy swirl. It adds more character and variation to the petals!

Moon | October 25th, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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