This post contains a collection of free tutorials and templates on how to make paper roses from different kinds of paper, including cardstock, tissue paper, coffee filters, and crepe paper. The roses can be made in a variety of styles and sizes, from small to giant.
There are more than 10 different tutorials in this post, ranging from simple to complex. So whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crafter, you will be able to find a tutorial that is perfect for you.
In addition to the tutorials on making paper roses, you will also find tutorials on how to make rosebuds, leaves, and even rose thorns. The techniques are different, so you can try any kind of paper you have and any size you want, just limited by your imagination.
What is the best paper to make a paper rose?
- 1 What is the best paper to make a paper rose?
- 2 Materials and tools to make paper roses
- 3 What is the easiest paper rose to make?
- 4 Paper rose tutorial from 1 petal size
- 4.1 Video tutorial
- 4.2 Step-by-step instructions on how to make a paper rose
- 4.3 Paper rose templates (1 petal size)
- 5 Paper rose tutorial from 2 petal sizes template
- 6 Paper roses from tissue paper
- 7 Paper roses from coffee filter
- 8 Rainbow paper roses
- 9 Toilet paper roses
- 10 Rolled paper rose
- 11 Lace paper roses
- 12 Roses from crepe paper
- 13 Giant paper roses
Actually, as shown below, you can make roses from any type of paper you have, cardstock, printer paper, wrapping tissue paper, facial tissue paper, toilet paper, coffee filters, money, book pages, crepe paper, etc.
For cardstock, the best paper I can say is solid cardstock from 50lb to 80 lb, depending on your rose size.
Materials and tools to make paper roses
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- Color paper (cardstock from 120gsm to 180gssm)
- Scissors or cutting machine
- Glue gun or Sticky glue
- Awl tool
- Scoring tool
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- My below templates (just click on the button)
What is the easiest paper rose to make?
Even young children can make these beautiful rolled rose paper flowers.
Get the free rolled rose templates here.
We also just uploaded our new design for this pretty rolled roses
Paper rose tutorial from 1 petal size
I am so happy to see that so many people have been able to follow my paper rose tutorial and make beautiful roses on their first try! I know that crafting can be intimidating, but I hope that my tutorials make it easy for everyone to get started.
One of the best tips that I can give is to watch the video tutorial over and over again. This will help you to see each step clearly and to understand the process. It is also helpful to pause the video and rewind as needed.
Another tip is to slow down and take your time. There is no need to rush. Just take your time and enjoy the process. With a little patience, you will be able to make beautiful paper roses that you can be proud of.
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a paper rose
Step 1: Cut the petals with the free template.
You can use any color paper you like to make this paper rose. I used 20 lb (80gsm) printer paper for my samples, but I found that 55lb (150gsm) to 65lb (180gsm) cardstock works better for this small rose.
For each flower, you will need four pink 5-petal layers and one green sepal. The free template is available in both PDF and SVG formats.
The PDF file is a printable rose template that you can cut out by hand. The SVG file is for cutting machines like Cricut or Cameo
If you are cutting by hand, be sure to use sharp scissors to make clean cuts on the petals.
Step 2: Form the curves of the petals
Use the edge of the scissor to curve the petals. Try to curl both sides of the petals.
Step 3: Assemble the petals
Glue the floral wire gauge #20 to the first layer. A small hot glue on the head of the wire will help to fix the stem with the flower layer.
Use your fingers and glue gun to attach the next layers accordingly. Please refer to the video instructions for a clearer view
Step 4: Finish the sepal, receptacle, and stem of the paper rose.
Cut the sepal template on green paper and glue it at the bottom of the flower.
Then wrap a small strip of tissue paper to form the receptacle.
Use the green floral tape to wrap all the sepals and the stem.
Step 5: Make the rosebud
I made 2 types of rosebuds. The first one will need 1 layer (5 petals) only.
And the second rosebud style will need 2 layers (equals 10 petals)
Following the steps of making the rose flower above to finish the buds
Step 6: Make the paper rose leaves
Cut the leaf with the template.
Then using my technique in the video to cut the edge of the leaf will help the leaf be more realistic.
Use the head of the scissor to create the leaf’s vein.
Then glue the leaf to the wire gauge26 with white glue.
After finishing the single leaves, arrange 5 leaves to make a rose branch.
You could find the tissue paper rose tutorial for my latest technique to make these life-like rose leaves.
Paper rose templates (1 petal size)
Paper rose tutorial from 2 petal sizes template
I found that my previous version could be improved at many steps so that the roses are more beautiful and a beginner could succeed easier.
So here is the new updated tutorial and template, please enjoy.
Video of paper rose tutorial
Step-by-step instructions to make paper roses
Step 1: Cut the templates
We will need 4 layers with 2 sizes for each rose flower. We will use the smaller size for the 1st and 4th layers, and the larger one for the 2nd and 3rd layers.
The template is nearly 4″ and the finished flower is 3.5″.
You can print the PDF file and cut it with scissors.
Or you can use this paper rose template for Cricut, ScanNCut, and Silhouette Cameo cutting machines.
Step 2: Form the curves of the petals
Please use an awl tool to form the petals.
Be patient with all of these small steps, because the petal curves are fine, the places of glue are correct, then your flowers will be pretty.
Step 3: Assemble the petals
Folding the pentagon shape at the bottom of each layer will help the flower petals be arranged in precise places.
It’s important to see where I glue at each layer, and how to curl the petals that help the flower in natural forms.
So please watch the video carefully. You can set the slow speed in the YouTube setting, or re-watch it as many times as you need.
Step 4: Make the sepal, receptacle, and stem
Please see this paper rose tutorial to see how I assemble the stem easier.
Step 5: Make the rose buds
The new rose bud is made from just one layer. It is just like the first layer of the flower.
The above paper rose I made from the updated version template, just curl the 3rd and 4th layers in different directions. And that leaf template is the first one of the SVG file.
Paper roses from tissue paper
Click here to find the tutorial and template to make tissue paper roses
Yes, you see it right, the flowers are made from packaging tissue paper.
And the red color paper is so adorable, life-like roses.
Or here is another tissue rose tutorial that I found on Pinterest but I could not track the author. Please help to let me credit her as this flower is really amazing.
Paper roses from coffee filter
Click this link to see my coffee filter rose tutorial and template
The petals are easy to make and the center is quite life-like and I love this so much.
Here is another step-by-step tutorial that you could DIY paper rose from a coffee filter paper and water color.
See how stunning when the flower is dyed with different shades of pink.
Below are the roses made by Patty Sloniger.
She hand-painted each paper petal with white and various shades of pink watercolor paint as well.
I’ll definitely share with you all the tips and steps to DIY roses.
Rainbow paper roses
Please check out this post on my cardstock rainbow roses full tutorial and template.
Many readers have shared their awesome rainbow paper roses in my Facebook group and said that it’s not as hard as their first impression at all.
So why don’t you give it a try?
Toilet paper roses
Check out this post for full tutorial for toilet paper roses.
In this million-view video clip, there is one thing that I could do much better: using sharp scissors.
With the sharp cut, the rose petals are neat and the flower is prettier without a doubt.
Rolled paper rose
We have originated a new design and technique to make this realistic rolled rose from cardstock.
Lace paper roses
Please follow this lace paper rose tutorial if you want these stunning paper flowers with the help of a cutting machine or a punch.
Or you could follow this tutorial to make roses from doily paper.
Tips: To prevent the doilies paper rose from rolling up like a corn, make sure to add some large wavy ruffles while rolling the flower.
Roses from crepe paper
Crepe paper is so easy to form the curves of the petals as you want, so it looks like real flowers.
Here are some video tutorials to make inverted crepe paper rose from Tsvoric
And the giant paper rose was made from crepe paper by Nata.
This giant paper flower is so pretty that could be replaced with a bridal paper bouquet.
Giant paper roses
Please check out this post on how to make giant roses, including the free templates.
In this video, I used watercolor and oil pastel to color the petals and it’s not good enough.
I would try other coloring methods next time.
But I’m happy with the form of the flower. What do you think?
Well, as you see, there are many ways to make a paper rose, from different kinds of paper, in a different size.
Once you master the skill, you can create your own roses soon.
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