Easy Paper Rose Tutorial

easy flower tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial 
Hi friends Thank you so much for all the appreciation you showered on my Sospeso Transparente Bouquet tutorial ..I was thrilled to know I had introduced a new craft to many of my readers! Sharing a simple side step card with an embossed "Thank you" and handmade paper roses.
paper flower tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial
           Many of you liked the roses in the Decoupaged Stationary set and wanted me to share a tutorial so made another project with the same type of roses though they didn't turn out quite as beautiful even though both were made using the same technique -----well that's handmade isn't it...wows sometimes and is "so so"  at other times!
paper rose tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial
         Roses are one of the most difficult paper flowers to make and I have shared a couple of tutorials earlier on how to make roses with Punches [see thumbnails at end of this post]. The peach pink roses and buds in this card and all the roses in the projects below were made with the Spellbinders Rose creations die.

Altered Tin can - with a 3 D decoupaged fairy and handmade roses
easy rose tutorial
Paper rose tutorial 
Decoupaged Pen Stand - check out the link for tips on how to decoupage on plastic.
rose flower tutorial
Rose Flower tutorial 
Handmade Photoframe - a DIY photoframe made by recycling a desktop calendar and adding lots of paper roses!
flower making tutorial
Handmade Rose tutorial 
"Hot glue" Embellishment tutorial  - this post also has a tutorial on how to make your own "Faux Porcelain" embellishments at home using hot glue!
flower making tutorial
Rose flower tutorial 

How to make Paper Roses

Gabriella Pollaco has a beautiful tutorial on how to make roses with the Spellbinders die....but I have struggled in making the conical center as well as shaping the petals of the paper rose as my hands are not as nimble as hers!!
Sharing a method I sort of invented and started using recently which makes "rose making" so much easier!

Materials for paper rose making

  1. Ear Buds
  2. Paper Flowers
  3. Ink Pads
  4. Glue
  • Ear buds [Q tips] -- yes you read that right!! In fact I got the idea for this rose after seeing these funny looking ear buds in a local supermarket as it looked just like a rosebud! If you don't get these you can fluff up a regular ear bud and try but if you see these funny shaped ones in your chemist shop or local supermarket...grab them with both hands!!
    rose making tutorial
    Rose flower tutorial 
  • Paper flowers- though I have used the Spellbinders rose creations die, you can use any die cut, punched or hand cut flower [here is a hand-cut flower tutorial]  which can wrap your ear bud within it! I used the 2nd and 3rd largest flowers from the die set as marked by the blue arrows.
Spellbinders tutorial
Spellbinders Rose Creations Die
  • Ink pads- optional- if you want to make 2 tones flowers or ink the edges of your flowers like I did here.You can paint your flowers too but using ink pads is easier and faster.
rose tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial 
  • Glue - I strongly recommend using a hot glue gun unless you  have tons of patience !

Steps to make your Paper Rose

I captured photos of all the steps in making the paper rose and since there were quite a few photos have made a video slideshow of the Paper rose tutorial - Its less than 2 mins so do have a look at it to see all the steps in detail but here are the key points.
  • To make a Rosebud you just need a single flower and a ear- bud! -- Yes  its that easy!
  • You can make a Rose using 2  small and 2 to 3 large flowers
paper rose tutorial
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  • Inking : This step is completely optional- you can skip it and dive into the rose making!
    • Ink the Ear Bud : Cut the Ear bud in half  and ink its top so that even if a little is visible in your completed flower its camouflaged nicely
    • Completely ink the inner flowers
    • Ink the edges of your outer flowers
paper rosebud tutorial
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Why this  rose making tutorial  so easy is you are using the ear-bud to make the center of your rosebud or rose ! Wrap the petals of your flower around the ear bud and glue as you go! Because the ear bud has a stick, holding the flower while hot gluing it is easy and less likely to give you burns from the hot glue!
I hope I have piqued your interest...so sit back and watch this short video tutorial which is less than 2 mins! [Please do watch in HD to see the written captions clearly]

paper rosebud tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial
You can add a calyx to your rose bud and wrap floral tape or green paper around the ear bud stem to make a floral bouquet for your cards or scrapbooks.
paper rosebud tutorial
Paper Rose Tutorial 
  • If you want a fuller rosebud ..make it with 2 small flowers.
  • If you want to make the rose.....insert the 2 flower- bud into the larger  flower and glue the petals around it!
easy flower tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial

  • You can add more flowers to your rose to make a fuller rose!
Paper roses tutorial
Paper Rose Tutorial 
Other options to use instead of ear buds : bead, cotton ball, Styrofoam/thermocol ball, scrunched up paper ball or clay ball in the center.
handmade roses tutorial
Paper Rose tutorial
I hope you enjoyed my easy rose making tutorial .Do tell me how it is.
Here are links to more tutorials to make your own Paper Roses using Punches.

Pear Petal Rose

Heart Punch Rose

Punchcraft Rose

5 petal Rose

Supplies: Dies : Spellbinders Rose creations die, Heartfelt creations Spellbinders Classic leaf, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Decorative labels 28,Poppy stamps swirly curl,Poppy stamps Meso background , Marianne Anja leaves, Cheery Lynn  butterfly. Embossing folder : Sizzix Thank you,Stamps :  Itsy Bitsy lace stamp, Heartfelt creations leaf
Linking my Side Step Thank you Card to  : Poppy Stamps Challenge 2 , Crafty Sentiments[ die cuts], Deep Ocean Shabby chic, Loves Rubber Stamps Thanks, Party time tuesday 191 , Shopping our stash 179 [Both the poppy stamps dies were won in their blog hop], TTCRD dec 1, Dream Valley 95, Perfectly rustic Embossing, The Pink elephant 278, Through the purple Haze 69 , DL art linky Nov, 613 Avenue crafts 99, Sentimental Sundays 234 Heartfelt thanks, Great Impressions Nov Thankful thoughts, That Craft Place 23, All sorts Challenge 286 [no design papers],Brown Sugar Challenge  2 or more colors,


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