DIY Giant Paper Roses
Everything’s bigger here in Texas, and that includes our decor. In the past I’ve walked you through making over-sized confetti, now I’m going to show you how to make giant paper roses.
These roses are quite enormous, they really are a statement piece. The larger petals take up an entire sheet of paper so imagine four sheets of copy paper placed in a cross and you’ll get an idea of the size.
You can print the petals on any color paper making these easy to tie in with your party theme. Use the flowers at a wedding or shower, kids party, we’ve even had readers hang them on the wall behind the crib in a nursery. So many great ideas.
Have fun with them! And remember, go big or go home!
• Card stock in any color (either US Letter or A4), I used 65lbs
• Printable Template
Step 1: Download, Print and Cut Template
Print off the free petal template, it’s an 11 page document so make sure you have enough paper in your printer. You’ll want to use paper that’s heavier than standard copy paper, any weight up to 90lbs should work in your home printer without jamming, and you can use any color.
Cut around the petals and along the line at the base.
Cut the stamen and the base.
When cutting the stamen, first cut a circle using the edge of each long finger as the edge of your circle (cut close, you’ll want to touch each long bit). Then cut V’s in toward the center to finish the cut. This will give you crisp V’s and make your life a whole lot easier.
Step 2: Shape Petals
Make three stacks of petals according to their size, printed side up. Find something you can roll the petals around. I used my glue stick. You don’t want to create tight curls, so a pencil will be too narrow, but something about a 1/2″ in diameter will work well.
Curl the tip of the petal stack around your rolling tool, rolling about 2″ of the petal tips. Move to the left of the tip and the right of the tip and repeat the roll. You are aiming to curl the petal tip from different angles to give it a more realistic look. Curl each stack of petals, always toward the printed side.
Step 3: Tape Petals
Cross over the two flaps at the base of each petal, and secure with tape on the printed side. You’ll end up making a V at the base of the petals. Try to keep this V the same size and shape on each petal. You’ll end up making an S curve on the petal because of the curls you created in the last step. Each petal should have the same S curve, with the petal tips curling down.
Step 4: Attach Petals
Now lets start creating a flower from these random pieces of paper! Lay the circle base down with the center circle up. The center circle is your guide which you’ll use to lay the petals around.
Start with the biggest petals. Attach one large petal to the base using glue or tape, or a combination of both. On the first layer I like to put down a strip of glue on the base, then reinforce by tapping down the petal. You won’t see the tape as more petals are going on top. You can also use a glue gun. When you place the first petal remember to hug the center circle guide. Place the second petal opposite the first, also hugging the center circle. Then fill in either side with the two remaining petals.
Move onto the medium petals. These should be placed to hug the center circle, and also centered over two larger petals. You want to hide the join between two large petals. The second medium petal should be placed opposite the first, then fill in the sides just like on the large layer.
The small petal layer should start between two medium petals, hiding the join. Then go opposite and fill in the sides. Don’t worry about tape showing as the stamen will hide this.
Always place the petals printed side down, they should have the same curve with the tips curling down.
Now your flower is really starting to take shape!
Step 5: Finish with the stamen
The last step is to attach the stamen. Before adhering this I like to crumple it up a little to give it a more realistic finish. Fold the stamen in half then unfold, fold it in half the other way then unfold. Keep folding and creating creases until you are happy with the effect. Don’t go for perfection!
Place a dot of glue in the center of the flower and stick down the stamen. Now go oooooh… so pretty!
If you plan on making multiple flowers to create a photo backdrop or other decorative element, grab your maids and make a fun night of it. Cut all the petals first and arrange them according to size. Curl them and shape them, then start assembling. If you use the production line method things will move along quickly.
One Download & Printer created ombre flowers in pink to hang above the table at her bridal shower. I love it! Let me know in the comments how you would use the flowers.