How to Make Paper Roses

Roses are the best way to express your feelings. While fresh roses have their own charm, paper roses can last forever and be kept as a remembrance. Paper roses may not have the lovely fragrance of real ones, but they nevertheless can look beautiful. Paper and fabric roses are available in any craft store. However you can make these cute roses by yourself, by simply following these step-by-step instructions.

Materials needed


  • Assorted colors of crepe paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Here's what to do:

  1. Unfold the crepe paper and lay it flat on the table.
  2. Measure about 15 inches (38 centimeters) from the top of the paper and draw a line at that point across the paper widthwise. Cut the paper along the line.
  3. Draw lines across the 15-inch (38-centimeter) piece of paper lengthwise. The lines should be spaced two inches (2.5 centimeters) apart.
  4. Cut the paper into strips, along the lines. Every 2-inch-by-15-inch (5-centimeter-by-38-centimeter) strip will be a flower. You can make as many strips as you want using as many colors as you wish.
  5. Hold the crepe paper at one end of a strip, about ½ inch (1.27 centimeters) from the edge. Gather the paper into one-inch (2.5-centimeter) folds, working from the edge toward the center. Wrap the crepe paper around the end of the strip that you're holding. Continue wrapping and gathering the paper until the entire strip is gathered.
  6. Hold the bottom tightly. Spread out the tops until they are completely opened. This should look like a rose.
  7. Wind one pipe cleaner tightly around the bottom of the flower several times. Your rose is ready. The rest of the pipe cleaner is the flower's stem.

You can make a whole bouquet of roses [sources: Folding Trees, First Palette].