How to Make Paper Roses

imageWe LOVE flower crowns!  Who cares if they’re #basic…we don’t believe in that.  Wear whatever makes you happy!  If you’re into paper crafts or boho/festival fashion, this is the tutorial for you, because today we’re going to show you how to make paper roses you can string together to create an adorable (albeit admittedly cliché) flower crown.  And, if you’re not heading to Coachella anytime soon, you can use the flowers to make a decorative bouquet or wreath.  They also make beautiful gift toppers instead of a generic bow.  Read on for the details.



  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil, pen, chopstick, or other similarly sized/shaped item
  • Glue
  • String, yarn, wire, or headband (if making a flower crown)


  1. Crumple up some paper and cut it into squares or rectangles.  Any size will do, but obviously the bigger the rectangles, the bigger the resulting flowers.  I used printer paper that I “watercolored” with markers and alcohol and cut up into 4 or 6 even rectangles.  (Let me know if you’d like to see a tutorial on that watercolor technique in a future post!)image
  2. Trim the corners off, and cut each rectangle into a squiggly spiral (yes, that’s the technical term for it).

    See how my cuts are squiggly, not smooth?
  3. Use a pencil to roll each spiral into a rose, starting from the outer edge.image
  4. Dollop some glue on the center of the spiral and press the coiled rose into the dollop.  Make adjustments to the shape of the rose before the glue dries, and hold it in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue will hold it in place.  That’s it!

    Before gluing.

If you’re using these paper roses to make a flower crown, glue your yarn/ribbon/wire/headband to the center of each paper spiral before completing step 4.  Add as many flowers as you like, as well as some paper leaves, if you want.  More is more!

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You can also attach the roses to “stems” made of pipe cleaners or wire wrapped in floral tape to create a pretty bouquet that will never wilt.  Or, you can glue the flowers to a wreath form for some shabby chic home decor that would also make a great gift.  You can even use these paper roses as gift toppers instead of embellishing your presents with an ordinary bow.  Experiment with different colors and sizes for various results.  I’ve seen people make paper roses out of book pages or sheet music to fit a certain theme.  Try multiple shades of red, pink, and white for Valentine’s day.  Or make a LOT of roses and glue them to butcher paper or hang them on string to make a cool photo backdrop.  You could cut a shape out of foam board and cover it in roses for a flower “sculpture.”  The possibilities are endless, so let us know if you have other ideas for using these beautiful handmade roses, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

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12 thoughts on “How to Make Paper Roses

  1. aggy87 April 27, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Love this, will totally make a rose headband for my dog too! Thank you for the idea!

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  2. Jessie Tevendale May 18, 2016 / 8:30 am

    Really lovely! Going to make these instead of having real flowers in my bedroom as i spill the water eveywhere haha ! X

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  3. reginaffurniture July 3, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    These are gorgeous… I might have to make some just to wear around the house!


  4. livingwiththehills July 20, 2016 / 2:47 am

    This is so neat! (And way easier than I thought it would be 😂) I can’t wait to try this out with the kids tomorrow! 😄


  5. vazquezmw September 17, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Woow!! I’m going to an expo in two weeks! I will use paper flowers to decorate, but it didn’t occurred me to use them as a crown! That’s great!!


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