Learn how to make giant paper roses out of cardstock! The roses are perfect for creating romantic flower backdrops for weddings or parties, and a single rose looks great as a wall ornament. We created the roses in an ombré effect and went from dark to light, choosing a deep mulberry tone for the outer petals and making the inner petals and centre light pink. Of course, these paper roses look absolutely gorgeous if you choose only one colour. You can download the template for making the petals at the end of this post. And for more flower paper crafts, check out our giant paper dahlia tutorial!
Get your glue gun ready and let’s craft beautiful paper roses! In our video tutorial we show how to to it in 5 easy steps!
What cardstock should I use to make paper roses?
Since we want to curl and bend the petals, it’s best to use a light-weight cardstock for this project, 130 grammes or 80 to 90 pounds cardstock is ideal. The petals are made with our printable template, which you can download below.
How to attach paper roses
You have different options when it comes to hanging paper flowers. You can use a piece of ribbon a wire loop threaded through the base of the rose and then hang it on the wall using a nail or a hook. This presentation looks particularly great if you want to present a single rose as a wall ornament. If you want to assemble a floral backdrop, it can be more practical to use double-sided tape or command strips instead of a ribbon.
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How to make giant paper roses
We used different shades of pink cardstock, ranging from deep mulberry tones to light pink, to create our paper roses. Of course you can customise the colour to your liking.
- various shades of pink 130 g / 80-90 lb card stock
- petal template (download at the end of this post)
- a piece of cardboard
- a piece of red ribbon (optional)
- glue sticks
- craft scissors
- hot glue gun
- wooden spoon
- metal ruler
- Xacto knife or another blade knife
- self-healing cutting mat
1) Create the base
To make the base, glue the circle template on a piece of cardboard and cut out a little larger than the template. If you want to hang the rose, make a small slit near the top of the circle and insert a piece of ribbon.
2) Use the template
Print out the template and cut out the four petal shapes and the rose centre. Lightly trace each template with a pencil and cut out the petals and centre. You need five of each “XL”, “L”, “M” and “S” petals, as well as 3 rose centres.
3) Shape the petals
Cut a small slit into the middle at the bottom of each petal. Using a hot glue gun, create an overlap. Be careful when handling the glue, it can be quite hot. Curl back the top edges of the “XL” and “L” petals. For the “M” and “S” petals, curl one edge forward and the other back. The handle of a wooden spoon works well for this.
4) Build the centre
Working with one rose centre, curl both ends of one petal inwards and glue them into a cone. Curl the second petal outwards and glue it to the cone. Glue the two remaining centres together at a 90-degree angle. Curl one edge back, the other forward, and attach the cone in the middle. Now, glue the inwardly curled edges of the petals to the cone, forming a spiral.
5) Assemble the flower
To assemble the flower, add a little hot glue to the bottom of the “XL” petals, and stick them around the cardboard circle. Allow the petals to overlap slightly. Add the next row of petals, the “L” petals, in-between the first. Continue this process with the “M” and “S” petals, and finish the rose by glueing on the centre. To remove any glue strings blow over the flower with a hair dryer until the strings disappear.
Free Printable Paper Rose Template
Click on the button to download your free printable template to create giant paper roses!
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