Learn how to make paper roses with this step by step tutorial. Tissue paper flowers are easy to make and last a lot longer than cut flowers.
This tutorial consists of 16 separate steps and photo's. We've split these over 3 pages so the images load quickly. You will also find handy tips and craft ideas to make your roses extra special.
For this, how to make paper roses project, you will need to cut out 12 petals, 4 of each size.
If you make the template out of card you will be able to use it over and over again.
As tissue paper is thin you will be able to cut out several petals at a time.
Don't worry about trying to get them all exactly the same the small differences in petals will add to the charm of your roses.
You will also need a bit of scrap tissue and a rough square of tissue in the same color for the central bud.
If you want your flowers to smell nice you can add a few drops of
essential oil or perfume to the scrap of tissue and leave it to dry.
• Card/paper to print the template on
• Tissue paper in green for the stems
• Tissue paper for the petals
• Double sided sticky tape
• Masking tape
• Garden wire
• Wire cutters
Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.
One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.
The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and
ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the
card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.
Cut the wire to the length you want your stems.
I cut the wire to around 30cm/12" long.
You can make yours longer or shorter depending on the size of your vase.
Use the pliers bend the top end of the wire over to make a loop.
Add your scrap piece of tissue paper and wrap it around the loop of wire.
If you added oil or perfume make sure it is dry before continuing or you may discolor your petals.
Take roughly square piece of tissue and fold it in half diagonally.
Place it over the scrunched up tissue as in the photo.
Fold it over and around the scrunched up tissue to create the central bud.
Use the masking tape to secure the square piece of tissue around the base of the scrunched up paper.
Tissue paper will fade over time but that can add to their charm as the outer edges of the petals will slowly turn white.
If you want to give your flowers a white edge then try dipping the finished rose into a bowl of water and leave upside down to dry.
The dye will usually wash out of the paper quite quickly so don't leave them for too long. Some tissue is colorfast and will retain its color. If you want to use this technique test your tissue before you start.
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