16 tutorials to make paper roses, free templates

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?

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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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

rolled paper flowers

Paper rose tutorial from 1 petal size

Video tutorial

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

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Paper rose tutorial, old version

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 leaves tutorial

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.

Paper rose updated version, more beautiful and easier to make.

Video of paper rose tutorial

Step-by-step instructions to make paper roses

Paper rose tutorial, updated version

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.

How to make paper rose

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 rose tutorial, free template


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.

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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.

Coffee filter rose, free template and tutorial, so easy

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?

Rainbow rose made from paper

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.

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Rolled paper rose

We have originated a new design and technique to make this realistic rolled rose from cardstock.

rolled rose template and tutorial

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?

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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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84 thoughts on “16 tutorials to make paper roses, free templates

  • October 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    the roses are so amazing and real looking. I sent a picture to my daughter and said I could almost smell them because they look so real. Thank you for sharing and making the video on how to make them. I was looking for succulent svg files and found yours and then came across the rose and daisy svg. Love, Love, Love them!

  • September 16, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I was unable to access the svg that I paid for. The PDF files say they are corrupted when I try To open them. Please help!

    • September 17, 2019 at 1:11 am

      Hi Lori, I’ve checked and could not found your email in any order. Could you please help to drop me an email to dreamypaper at gmail.com and tell me your paid email, I will sent the svg file to you right away. Thank you.

  • August 9, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Love your lace roses. Can you please tell me where you purchased the paper punch to make your pink lace rose.

    • August 11, 2019 at 7:27 am

      Sorry Lisa, I don’t use paper punch for my lace rose. I designed that template for the Cricut (cutting machine), dear.

  • April 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I am new to cricut and flower making. I had no idea where to begin. Unfortunately Cricut doesnt offer many tutorials on making flowers. Thanks to your video and templates I have learned how to make pretty flowers to share as gifts for family and friends. Thanks for being so generous and offering this to crafters..
    Rhonda. Florence, Kentucky

    • April 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      I’m glad that it’s helpful for you, Rhonda.

    • April 14, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Rozella, how can I help you?

  • March 11, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Your roses are the best I have found. You are a true artist!

    • March 12, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Thank you for such nice words, Diana.

  • February 21, 2019 at 9:07 am

    this is was so amazing… loved watching it till the end… nd the techniques used are so wisely crafted here… would b trying them soon in sha Allah, as i love floral decor… ❤️

    • February 26, 2019 at 3:04 am

      Thank you, Asma

  • February 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you so much for making all these tutorials and templates free for everyone. My group is planning a Coachella themed reunion this coming October and I have been thinking of ways to cut down cost but at the same time create a unique and beautiful decor for our venue. Your site will definitely help make this possible, I just hope I will be able to do justice to it and create the flowers as exquisitely as they have been executed on your videos.
    I look forward to seeing more of your great creations…

    • February 20, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Oh Pamela, thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so glad to hear that my videos are useful that way.

  • December 13, 2018 at 9:08 am

    It’s the first time that my 10 years old girl is trying to make a paper rose and we made it by the instruction you wrote in this post.
    many thanks

    • December 27, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Oh, it’s so great to hear so. I’m thrilled. Thank you.

  • October 27, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Hi when I try to buy the paper through your materials list it takes me to Amazon paper that is a card stock is this the correct paper?

    • October 30, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Yes, that one is cheap and good 🙂

      • January 2, 2019 at 8:24 pm

        I have just discovered this site and I am absolutely thrilled!

        • January 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

          Thank you, Christine. I’m glad to here so. xx

  • August 12, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Hy how r u

    • August 27, 2018 at 4:02 am

      Thanks, I’m fine. How r you?

  • July 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    You say the template is on the end of you materials list, but the materials list just takes you to an Amazon storefront, with no links to the template. Please can you post a new link to the template?

    • July 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Cheryl, please kindly find my templates at item #9 in the material list. Thanks.

      • July 25, 2018 at 7:25 am

        Thank you 🙂 I have made some now and they look great!!

        • July 25, 2018 at 8:29 am

          I’m glad that you like it 🙂

  • July 3, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Absolutely beautiful. I love them. And the video is easy to follow. Thanks you for your hard work and for sharing with us.

    • July 3, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Thank you, Melly 🙂

  • June 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

    very nice craft

    • June 8, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Thank you

  • May 27, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you very much. Your craft motivated me as well.

    • May 31, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Thank you, hope that you will join my fb group and share your flowers with us.

  • May 14, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I hate this method ??
    Give some another
    Easy and quick method

    • May 14, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      😀 Please find Menu> Categories >Paper rose, I have several tutorials. There’s so many way to make roses, but I can’t stand of ugly roses, realistic is my first priority. I will upload more rose tutorials, stay tuned.

    • October 31, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      How rude are you? “I hate this method give me another” you sound like a child having a tantrum you don’t even say please or thank you while asking for an easier method manners cost nothing and if you want some really easy flowers go buy cheap dollar store plastic stem and fake material ones you won’t get easier than that and whilst your at it find some manners

  • May 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Looking for the written instructions.

    • May 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

      Ok, I will update the written instruction soon. Thanks Jan.

    • May 14, 2018 at 10:12 am

      I also

      • May 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        OK, I will try my best, dear. Forgive me for my bad English then 🙂

  • April 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    What is the stem made of?

    • April 5, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Just a wire gauge#20 or equivalent, Melisa

  • February 13, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Hi i could not get the template of flower where is it in this page?

    • February 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Rubina, the template link is the little pink in the end of the material list. Click it and you will open my PDF file in google drive. Thanks.

  • January 24, 2018 at 9:34 am

    very beautiful and fantastic

    • January 24, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Thank you, Rosamond

  • January 21, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Beautiful roses easy instructions to follow, thanks for sharing and for the template

    • January 21, 2018 at 2:23 am

      Thanks Jude. I’m happy that you love it.

  • January 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    This is so beautiful and inspirational. I watched the entire tape. I don’t usually do that. So, I will be trying to make them. I want to subscribe, how?

    • January 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you Mimi, I will make a newsletter asap. Please help to subscribe to my Youtube,Pinterest or Instagram, G+ for this time 🙂

  • December 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    can you teach me how to download the free template? thank you

    • December 4, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Oh, Patricia, please find the template link at the end of the material list. Thank you.

  • November 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Very beautiful. How do I subscribe to always get your posts?

    • November 11, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Thank you, Marie. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel:)

  • November 2, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Beautiful content.

  • November 2, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Dear Alvin. Please find the pdf template link in the end of the material list. Thank you.

  • October 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Your flowers are gorgeous…

    • October 20, 2017 at 3:38 am

      Thank you so much, Linda

      • January 9, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        Wish you had a book that I could get the text and templates watching is not to easy for me would love to make these thanks hope you can help

        • January 22, 2019 at 7:35 am

          Thanks Lu, I will think about it.

  • August 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I have been looking for the free templates but I couldnt find them.
    Can you please showme where are they for printing it?

    • August 20, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Dear Maria. The template is in the end of material list of each post. Please let me know if you can not find it. Thank you for passing by.

      • August 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

        thankyou!!! I find it

        • August 23, 2017 at 4:01 am

          You are welcome, Maria 🙂

      • August 25, 2017 at 12:27 am

        I can’t find template either? I click on printable template and a google ad comes up?

        • August 25, 2017 at 2:39 am

          Dear Cindy, the template is in the end of material list. Kindly let me know if you still can not get it. Thank you.

  • July 26, 2017 at 2:14 am

    What kind of paper is 80gm/ m2,a4?
    Thank you.

    • July 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Yes, Gerri. It’s like regular A4 printer paper with color 🙂 Thank you.

  • July 26, 2017 at 1:25 am

    This tutorial is amazing! The best I’ve seen:)

    • July 26, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Thank you so much, Jocelyn 🙂

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  • May 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Your tutorial is amazing, clear video tutorial as well as easy to follow written instructions. Thank you so much. Well done.

    • May 19, 2017 at 3:32 am

      Thank you Sharla for your nice words. I’m happy that you found it’s useful. Please help to subscribe me to have further tutorials

  • April 23, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Thanks for this tutorial! I linked to it in the All Things Paper newsletter that went out yesterday.

    • April 23, 2017 at 4:26 am

      Oh, thank you for your promotion, Ann Martin. You helped me a lot.

  • March 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I was unable to find a link to the templates for the roses. Help?

    • March 29, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Thank you for passing by. The template is in the end of the material list. Now I know that it’s hard to be seen because it’s in yellow font. I will try to change it.

  • March 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Thank you Augusto for passing by. Sure, I’ve sent an email to you already.

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    • March 24, 2017 at 4:26 am

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    • March 24, 2017 at 4:27 am

      Thanks. Your craft motivated me.

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        • April 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

          I’m glad you like it, Jo-Ann.

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