By: Becky Kazana
Learn how to make realistic roses with sturdy yet inexpensive crepe paper. This technique is a great way to create a
bouquet of roses gift or decoration for Valentine’s Day. These roses cost less and last longer!
Assorted colors of crepe paper
Florist wire and wire cutters
Pattern- Outer Petals
Pattern 2- Inner Petals
1. Create a stamen (the center of the rose) by cutting fringe on a single strip of crepe paper.
2. You can cut your petals free hand, or you can print the images above to use as templates. For each rose, you will
need fourteen to sixteen outer petals, five to six inner petals and one stamen. Make sure the grain of the crepe
paper is running vertically when you cut them so that you can shape them properly.
3. To shape, place your thumbs together in the center of the petal and gently press down and tug outward. This
will make your petal rounded and more natural looking.
4. Using a bit of floral wire (or a toothpick if you prefer) roll the tip of the petal outward over the wire to create a
lip and a natural looking inner petal.
5. Use the same technique on the rounded edges of the heart shaped outer petals.
6. Now coil your stamen around the floral wire.
7. Move the stamen a little down the wire.
8. Fold the wire over to secure the stamen in place. Tape the stamen down with your floral tape. (Remember, it
gets sticky as you pull on it, so pull gently on the tape as you go.)
9. Begin adding the small inner petals, taping each one securely.
10. Gradually add the larger petals, working in a circular motion and overlapping each new petal over the preceding
11. Voila! You’ve made a lovely paper rose!