How to Make Paper Roses

How to make paper roses
Photo: Lexy Ward

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")
  • scissors 
  • pen or pencil
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • paper floral stem wire
  • 1 can of spray paint (optional!)
Materials needed for this project
Photo: Lexy Ward


How to Make a Paper Rose 

1. Cut the paper in a swirly strip:

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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 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

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.

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Continue to roll and glue until you've come to the outside edge of the paper. 

5. Attach the stem

DIY Paper Rose
Photo: Lexy Ward


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. 

DIY paper rose
Photo: Lexy Ward

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!

Spray paint is optional for a project like this, but adds a few pops of color and texture to the paper! 

Here are some pictures of the finished product!

An easy-to-make bouquet of paper roses!
Photo: Lexy Ward




Easy DIY Paper Flowers

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DIY Paper Flowers

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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! 


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Anonymous on Jul 08, 2014:

my class loves this

Anonymous on Sep 04, 2012:

at first i was excited to see how to fold it.. but i ended up watching nothing i couldn't see what was going on so it knda pissed me off..sorry

Anonymous on Nov 09, 2010:

?!?!? I'm hopelessly lost

Miriam on Jul 28, 2010:

I thought that was great i loved both flower it looked so easy to fallow made some for my student to teach them thanks for the video.

Dinetto on Mar 23, 2010:

Got lost in 3:16 min...

Couldn´t see what was going on that time...


101naoise on Feb 24, 2010:

OMG its so hard how thw hek did u make that i tryed and got fustreated at it so i just gave up it soooo hard

Ellie on Jun 26, 2009:

It definately takes a few tries, and LOTS of memorization. Also, having mastered a few origamis before tackling this one helps too. Baby Steps :) try folding a crane first then mastering, and other easier origami before you tackle this one :)

I've been dying trying to make these before, and I succeeded in 10 minutes! yay! thank you!

DIY Maven on Jun 02, 2009:

If you haven't taken a look at the bloom4ever tutorial, you might want to. It's very detailed and should get you through to the end!

Anonymous on Jun 02, 2009:

this is confusing i cant get the diamond the right way and how u do the stuff after that. i tried like a thousand times already!

joker on May 09, 2009:

hey you now after you do the dimond thing in the center how do you do the thing after that

megrockstar on Apr 19, 2007:

my head is spinning

lizandbogart on Feb 03, 2007:

Whoa! I am definitely going to try and do this. Thanks for the video. Toward the end there, it was like magic. This is going to be fun! What size paper did you use?

DIY Maven on Jan 26, 2007:

Bruno is absolutely right; after one or two, they get easier...and prettier!

JillClarkson on Jan 25, 2007:

You lost me on that one!

bruno on Jan 24, 2007:

I did one of these a few years back for my valentine... it was less easy than it looks (and it doesn't look that easy). But once you get the hang of it, it's not that bad, and they look really cool.

You Make Me Smile on Jan 24, 2007:

Did you make all those in the first picture??? This is so cool! Now all I have to do is "accidentally" leave this page up before my boyfriend uses the computer.

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