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How to Make Paper Roses

Paper crafts have been around for many decades and although the art of crafting with paper steadily declined in the 90's, the new scrap-booking craze resurrected this all time favorite and put life back into it.

This how to article focuses on how to make your very own paper roses out of construction paper, some glue and chenille stems.

This project is not recommended for younger children as some of the steps can be tricky for small hands, however it is perfectly suited to pre-teens with adult supervision.

P.S. There's a video at the bottom of a woman showing you how to make paper roses out of toilet paper. Just goes to show that crafts are as close as your bathroom!

Bouquet of Paper Roses

Bouquet of Paper Roses

The paper roses to your right are the finished product and would make a great teacher gift for valentines or any other special holiday.

Try it today!


  • Bristol Board (heavy cardstock)
  • Sissors
  • Pencil
  • coffee can

Making Your Template

In order to create paper roses, you will first need a template. A template is just an original copy of your design that can be used over and over to create multiples.

This template will save you tons of time and can be stored away for future reference.


Below you will see step by step instructions and pictures that will help you visualize the process of making paper roses.

Don't be intimidated by the complex design, once you see how the whole thing comes together in the end, you'll be creating many paper roses in no time flat.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 1

The first thing to do is grab your old coffee can, set it on your card-stock and draw around it to form a large circle.

Note: A coffee can works well for this project, however, you can use whatever you can find around the house, although preferably with about the same circumference size.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 2

Find another round object that is about an inch and a half smaller in diameter than your first circle. Line it up to the left edge of the first one and draw around it again. Now you will have one circle inside another.

Step 3

Step 3

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Step 3

Again, find another round object about an inch and a half smaller than the second circle. Line this one against the right edge of the second circle and draw around it to form a total of three circles.

Step 4

Step 4

Step 4

This is where it might start to look confusing, but if you follow the diagram carefully, you should not have any problems. Starting where the first and second circle meet, draw half circles (2 inches wide) working your way counter-clockwise all around and stopping about 3 inches away from where you first began. These do not have to be perfect.

Step 5

Step 5

Step 5

Draw more half circles again, except this time, begin from where you started the first ones and continue on to the second circle. Again, look at the picture to see how it's done.

Step 6

Step 6

Step 6

Repeat step 5 until you get to the end. Stop at about an inch and a half away from where the second and last circle meet. Continue like the picture on the right and end with a small circle.

Step 7

Step 7

Step 7

Create a tail about 4 inches long and 11/2 inches wide. These measures are approximate. This will form the inner part of the rose, while the inside part of the design will form the outside petals.

Step 8

Step 8

Step 8

Your design is now finished. Next you will need to cut along the petals and the tail you've drawn.

Step 9

Step 9

Step 9

Now that you've cut the outside, you need to continue cutting along the petals inside until you reach the end. The small circle marked X is just a guide. It forms a small tail that you can easily slip around your finished rose.

Step 10

Next, you want to cut around the inside again just slightly so that you have a traceable pattern. You're done. Now you can use this template over and over to create multiple roses.

I know there are many steps to making this paper rose template, but I really wanted every detail explained so there's no confusion. I personally hate getting instructions on a project that leaves you wondering.

Once you've created your template you can move on to the next phase- Building your paper rose.

Making the Paper Rose

Now that you've created your template, how do you make paper roses? Just follow the next step. In order to save room on this page, I've created a slide-show on how to assemble your flower. Just follow the steps and pictures.


  • Colored paper of your choice
  • Chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Floral tape or green masking tape

Simply trace your pattern on the colored paper of your choice and cut it exactly the way you did for the template.

Next, slide the cut design between a ruler and your thumb to curl the paper slightly. You've probably done this technique before using scissors. You'll end up with a puffed up design like the picture shown in step 3.

This is the fun part! Glue a chenille stem to the beginning of the tail (I used a red one because that's all I had, oops!) Then roll it along the design. Glue the petals down every now and then, just remember this will determine how tight the rose will be.

Woman Folding A rose Out of Toilet Paper

Once you're done rolling up the whole flower, tuck the small tail around the stem and glue in place. Use florist tape or do like I did and wrap the stem in green masking tape. It's much cheaper and just as good.

Next, draw and cut some leaves, how many you do is up to you. I just drew a heart, glued it to chenille stem and wrapped it in masking tape (of course!). Then I put the two stems together. Voila! A paper rose.

Finally, if you feel really creative, put all the paper roses in a paper cone to finish off the look. P.S. I painted the roses a bright red to make them pop out. This is optional.

Happy Crafting!

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sunny hunny on November 29, 2014:

Hmmmmmm, very nyc job

Amy leigh hickman on April 17, 2013:

I made lots and lots of this! Thank you


jody on April 17, 2013:

i found this very intresting :D thank you!

emily bank on April 04, 2013:

your roses is very nice and i like it and yes i try to make it

kk on February 23, 2013:

Oh so natural paper flowers. I have just made few last week for my greeting card and dey turned out lovely. I’m gonna try out this one too :)

moona on December 01, 2012:

nice :P

ANNA on September 21, 2012:


Petrice on June 15, 2012:

I Tried It......Total Disaster,

mebarki ahmed on May 12, 2012:

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Send Flowers Pakistan on April 26, 2012:

i like the blog and the information shared. keep it up...

Chris on April 19, 2012:

i luv this its like supper amazing girl friend im not gay im just a very gay person yayayay

rajee on March 15, 2012:

hey this was really wonderfull to see but will definitely try it.thanks well instructed.glod bless you

Nare Gevorgyan on March 14, 2012:

Hi! Awesome hub! Do you mind if i put a link to my rainbow rose hub?

pinappu from India on March 11, 2012:

This is awesome!

:)Cool:) on February 23, 2012:

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ranjana mittal on February 03, 2012:

its too cool.

dslrtips from Evergreen Manison on January 27, 2012:

very detail and comprehensive!

alica mora on January 20, 2012:

that was sooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome

Akku A Salam on December 15, 2011:

Nice Nice Nice. . .

raxit02 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 04, 2011:


salma on August 27, 2011:

So cute paper roses,Its great idea for me to how to make the paper roses and decorates the things......

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Emily Mate on August 15, 2011:

Hello my name is Emily Mate and i am 12 years old i tried doing this but mine looked like something had gone wrong!!! :( but then i tried again but on a different website and that was yours and it worked better :) Thank you for helping Me and i couldn't see your Video because my computer doesn't workk that good :( but i followed your instructions thank you so much FROME EMILY MATE* P.S Please Comment !

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cgmcdfhjj on August 13, 2011:

very nice i will try to make one.

chantelg4 (author) from Northern Ontario on May 12, 2011:

I've never tried to make roses out of money, although that would make a pretty nifty gift. I might consider this for my niece's graduation and money...perfect way to start college, lol!

babs white on May 11, 2011:

do u have method for using dollar bills for making roses

Susan Starts Now from California on May 08, 2011:

Your tutorial was excellent and the pictures were helpful too. I have been looking for a different way to make paper roses and this is a unique idea I haven't seen before. I think these will be great for project. I plan to try to adapt this see if I can make some mini flowers for a dollhouse project too.

Christina on April 28, 2011:

I am going to be out of town with my mom for Mother's Day so I couldn't exactly order her flowers...I was looking for a pretty rose that did not require tissue paper and boy did I find it! This is so easy to do and looks GREAT. Thanks for sharing! Oh and I'm with LaurieK the photos definitely helped LOL.

LaurieK from Minneapolis, MN, USA on April 25, 2011:

This is a great tutorial with good step by step directions and photos -- I could not have made sense without the photos, thanks for including them!

paper crafts nepal on April 15, 2011:

simple tutorial for creating beautiful roses.Thanks for sharing with us.

Fiona See on April 09, 2011:

Thanks for you idea, i like the roses very much.

amylela from Malaysia on March 19, 2011:

I never knew about this before. This rose was beautiful and fun. Thanks for writing this.i will try it later. Rated up!

LINESSH A/L NEELAVANNAN on March 18, 2011:


Josh on February 14, 2011:

This is really fantastic! One thing though, after finishing the template I think it would have been easier to cut out for me if I had done a mirror image of your photos.

ftfvyxbk on December 30, 2010:

lov roses

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 06, 2010:

hi.. I just added a rose tutorial similar to this one if u are interested in having a look at my hubapges! Love your roses!

shafiqahmed on October 27, 2010:

Very good explanation...!

isa on October 25, 2010:

these are really beautiful! hoping to make some for my friend; her name is rose and she loves flowers, but she's allergic to most of them, so these would be perfect. :)

mimind from THE UNITED STATES on September 28, 2010:

Great hub I was surfing through your others after I came across this one great job :)

Anji on September 27, 2010:

We used this tutorial to make a load of paper roses for my daughter's birthday party. They looked great! I wrote about it and linked back here:

???mysterykid??? on September 11, 2010:

oh this is great.I love this cool idea.They look like real roses,but way cuter.

snighdha on August 25, 2010:

i will try to make roses

Jennifer on August 22, 2010:

In the process of making about 25 of these (maybe more). We are having a "painting the roses red" as part of an Un-Birthday end of summer celebration (taken from Disney's Alice in Wonderland). Thanks for the tips!!! :)

PassinItAlong on August 05, 2010:

nice hub, I love the idea of a paper rose; now i want to try making one

S.B.i. Design on August 01, 2010:

Great idea. Just used it for my mother's birthday present with my own twist on it.

Thanks for the inspiration.

laxmi on July 20, 2010:

It's really very nice

chunnu on July 12, 2010:

exallent. I creat this its so nice.

puppy say on June 28, 2010:

I know they are so cool

Alissa from Rocky Hill, CT on June 27, 2010:

As a paper craft-a-holic I found this hub to be extremely helpful. I will try this project :)

Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on June 27, 2010:

Great tips if you like to make paper roses....I have a link to your hub from my new cross stitch hub - thanks.

celtic thunder on April 27, 2010:

wow that's a little crazy

zeeshah on March 27, 2010:

very nice

BRiAnNA on March 25, 2010:

nice papper folding ,y mom use to do the but i was the pretty and most amazzing thing ive ever seen so thnkz 4 the share!

Ananya on March 16, 2010:

Wow those r really very pretty:)

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on February 28, 2010:

Wow! I absolutely love these flowers. Thanks for the step by step instructions. I'll certainly bookmark this and try it.

Great hub!

scaffolding tower from United Kingdom on February 18, 2010:

This would make a for good project at home, something to keep the kids busy. Thanks for this.

sarah on February 18, 2010:

urs looked well better than mine when i made it mine looked rubbish how u make urs so good n dont say practise coz it never works

livvy on February 14, 2010:

Thank you so much it was really easy to do and found it great fun to do! Your a good teacher, thankyou! x

Quilling from Cary, NC USA on January 09, 2010:

These paper roses look really neat...have never seen them made that way before! Can't wait to give it a try!

nikki1 on December 26, 2009:

WOw, great hub. Love your paper rosez.

ashley on October 29, 2009:

that is asome and cool how to make stuff and how to make a rose

Sexy jonty from India on October 20, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

sheryld30 from California on October 11, 2009:

Very cool! :)

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on September 28, 2009:

wow this is really cool..i'll try this! thank you for sharing ma'am.. :) :) :)

sernicula, romicar on September 16, 2009:

nice art work... great

sernicula, romicar on September 16, 2009:

nice art work... great

ella on September 01, 2009:

i'm trying to do this...........................................


TurnipTornado from Michigan on August 31, 2009:

I'm totally making these for valentine's day!

gilchristi on August 25, 2009:

wow i am looking for this design i hope they will share more so others can learn many things too!!i am only nine and i do not have money!!(^.^)thanks!!!she she!!! arigato!!!!

mikee on August 24, 2009:

this paper roses are kind of cute

crystal on August 14, 2009:

i think that the paper roses are like the best thing guys dont need to worry about buying expensive roses to their girlfriends.they can just make them out of toilet paper.

hotbabefatchicks on August 07, 2009:

I hope i could follow that one nicely so that i could teach to my pupils.

chen chen on July 25, 2009:

learn more he he he

Nadine on July 21, 2009:

Yay...finally found something for my moms b-day. I am only 12 and have no money----so ThankYOU!!!


Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on July 01, 2009:

This is so cool. Thank you for sharing.

Greta Lieske on May 27, 2009:

I envy people who can do origami/paper crafts...I can't seem to. I can only turn dollar bills into t-shirts for

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 26, 2009:

very nice hub. You make it in cleraly step with picture. thanks for share with us

danielia on May 26, 2009:

it is really nice i even still have it . it lookes really nice in my room

dsofjnwej on May 15, 2009:

dis is so coolll

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on May 15, 2009:

Wonderful! I learned crafts after my Graduation when i joined the homescience classes. But i have not made anything for over 10 years now. I am going to make some this weekend.

tdarby on May 13, 2009:

That is fantastic. I have four daughters who I am going to teach this cool craft. Thanks for the great idea and the simple steps to actually accomplish it. Nice Hub.

sujita on April 12, 2009:

i can do that

sciencewithme on April 03, 2009:

This is a very creative idea. My kids will love them as well.

alana on March 30, 2009:


Ashley Joy on March 26, 2009:

These are beautiful! I think I will try these with the kids this week to entertain them on spring break.

orionsky60403 on February 26, 2009:

THis is totally not what I was expecting. Wow.

I'm more a fan of origami. Anything and everything out of a square piece of paper.

kaimaira on January 27, 2009:

I Like this blog

solacemoon from Illinois on January 19, 2009:

Nice craft idea !

Kitti on November 10, 2008:

wow! this is the perfect project i was looking for. i was not sure how to make them and i saw this cute craft. thanks!

June Campbell from North Vancouver on October 30, 2008:

Remarkable technique. I love making paper floers, although i usually make them small enough to use in scrapbooks or greeting cards. Yours are gorgeous, though

Teeny Tots from USA on October 08, 2008:

Very Good hub, thanks for the way to make very own paper roses.

AshtonDrakeDolls on September 25, 2008:

Great to see someone sharing knowledge that can be such a great way to spend quality time with children or use as decorations for that special dinner - but best of all to share with friends and family and have a great time doing something instead of just watching TV. Great hub!!

CasaDeMataOrtiz from Fruitland, Idaho on September 12, 2008:

Super hub, thanks for the instructions. The video was great. Bill

CheryleJ from NEW JERSEY on August 15, 2008:

Very interesting. I enjoyed this hub. Thank you.

magnoliazz from Wisconsin on August 07, 2008:

Awesome, I wonder if this will work with cloth?

Dusty Spirit on August 02, 2008:

This is wonderful! Good job! Thanks

natwaterman on July 14, 2008:

Wow, how cool is that, personally I love to paint roses and now I think my new obessesion will be to "Make Paper Roses" I think this could also be a great idea for the older kids over the school holidays Thanks Nat!

ddell on June 25, 2008:

cool information

Andrew from Rep Boston MA on June 10, 2008:

Nice skill to have, there very intresting and they really look good. Just like I thaught, why bring someone real flowers that will die when you can make paper ones that will have a much longer lifespan?

buy absinthe on June 10, 2008:

great info thank you

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