I love the new Tropical Punch range from Kaisercraft and it’s a perfect time to start getting crafty and trying new ideas, now that the weather is warming and the end of year school holidays are fast approaching. I thought I’d share with you a really simple paper folding (or rolling) craft that creates amazing paper roses and look like they’d take hours and hours, but I promise you – they don’t. I have used this idea for a visual merchandising and styling job and it had immediate impact and the client was thrilled.
This is a great D.I.Y that you could use for party decorations, gift wrapping toppers, tablescapes and event styling or create a garland by repeating the steps with different sizes. This is also a craft you can get the Kids ages 10+ involved and you can help them with the trickier bits – follow these steps and images to create your very own Paper Roses!
I have used the Tropical Punch – Cocktail paper available here And the fantastic part of using this Kaisercraft Paper is that is has beautiful contrasting patterns and colours on both sides, perfect for this job!
12 x 12 Craft Paper – not too thick as this makes folding a little trickier, but still is achievable. (10-15 sheets is used for one large rose)
Colour coordinated paper straw or wire
Step 1. Create A Heart Template
I freehand drew a heart shape, that took up most of the sheet of Kaisercraft Paper and this forms a template that you can use to replicate. It doesn’t have to be perfect, this shape forms the main petals of the rose. Trace and cut out x12 love hearts.
Step 2. Create Smaller Petals
You need to create some smaller petals for the inside of the rose. Just simply cut the heart in two, like the image – straight down the centre. Cut two hearts in half, so you have a total of 4 mini petals.
Step 3. Get rolling!
To form the curves of the rose petal, you need to roll the edges of the petals of the heart and the small petals too – I used the paper straw I will be using as the stem to help roll the paper. The rolled edges go on the outside of the rose, so for instance with this roll the tropical print will be seen on the outside and the chevron print on the inside of the rose. I changed up my rolling direction so I have a variety of the two patterns seen on the rose. View the first image to see what I mean.
Step 4. Secure The Small Petals To The Stem.
Grab your 4 small petals – we are going to secure these, one at a time, to the straw or wire which forms the inside of the rose. With the paper roll facing outwards, like you did in step 3, grab the petal and gently roll around the straw and securing with clear cello-tape. This is probably the most trickiest part, and again, it doesn’t have to be perfect – just ensure it is tightly rolled, like the image and secured well.
Step 5. Continue The Process
Wrap the remaining 3 small petals around each other and it will start to look like this. Secure each petal with clear cello-tape at the base of the stem/straw.
Step 6. Time For The Large Petal Hearts
Now it’s time to start securing the larger hearts which form the main structure of the paper rose. It can be fiddly but hold the mini petal structure in your hands and wrap the large heart petal around this structure – again, with paper folds facing out. Now you will notice that you get different patterns coming through depending upon the direction you have folded the edges. With each large petal secure with clear cello-tape, maintaining a firm hold so the rose keeps tight and secure.
Step 7. Repeat The Steps
Repeat the steps going around the structure in a clockwise direction and fill them where petals are needed. You will notice every time you secure each petal, you will be taping a little bit further up the stem, to allow for the bulk of the petals, but that’s ok – it gives you the fullness of the flower structure that you are after. This is what you are aiming for it to look like.
Step 8. Ta Da! You Have A Giant Paper Rose!
If you would like to create smaller paper roses, all you have to do is change the size of the heart template as this dictates the size of the flower. Try fitting two hearts onto one sheet of 12 x 12 craft paper – these are super cute and look gorgeous in contrast with the larger ones. And, depending on what pattern paper you use will achieve a different look – it is completely up to your imagination.
If you wish to secure the roses to a structure, then instead of using a paper straw for the stem, use floristry wire. I created a garland using two different sizes of paper roses and used wire instead so it could secure easily to the structure. Here is an image to give you inspiration!
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I hope you have fun with this tutorial, I’d love to see your creations!
The Eclectic Creative Studio