I love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can learn how to make paper roses in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let's get to work.
- Several sheets of colorful paper (12" x 12")
- pen or pencil
- hot glue gun and sticks
- paper floral stem wire
- 1 can of spray paint (optional!)
How to Make a Paper Rose
1. Cut the paper in a swirly strip:
Take your scissors, and starting at the outside edge of the paper, cut in a swirly fashion (technical term) towards the center of the sheet. Move the scissors in a back and forth motion as you cut so the edges aren't perfectly round and smooth. This will give your paper roses a more organic look.
2. Create a fringe
Once you get to the center, cut a few strips halfway down the center of the flower to create "fringe".
3. Shape the petals for your paper rose
Take the pen or pencil and slightly roll the edges around it to help give the flower "petals" some shape.
4. Roll the paper into a flower shape
Starting at the center of the swirl (again, technical term), begin to roll the paper into a rose-like shape. Take the hot glue gun and place small dots of glue to help keep the rose together. Be sure to hold the hot glued sections together until the glue has cooled and set.
Continue to roll and glue until you've come to the outside edge of the paper.
5. Attach the stem
Once you've reached the end of the paper swirl, place a small dollop of hot glue on the end and tuck it inside the bottom of the rose. You can see what the back of the rose looks like in the photo above. The hot glue is necessary to keep the paper in place and give the rose it's floral shape.
Attach the floral stem wire by putting a small dot of hot glue on one end and sticking it into the center of the rose on the backside.
Trim the wire at different lengths with a wire cutter and place in a vase to arrange. Bend the wire to manipulate the arrangement into the shape you like!
Here are some pictures of the finished paper flowers!
I love receiving flowers on Valentine's Day or just in general, but I daresay I'd like to receive a bouquet of these instead! They can stay up year-round!