As promised here is aย step by step guide on how to make the roses that I have used in my earlier picture, I have never done one of these guides before so here goes ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 1:

I have used a template cutter to press out the spiral shape that I used to make the roses, but you can achieve the same effect by cutting out a circle and then cutting out the spiral shape from within the circle.



Step 2 :

Take the spiral shape that you have cut out from your piece of card or paper and remove any excess paper.


Step 3:

Now I use my Mum’s quilling tool which has a split end that you can thread the paper into in orderย to help you twist the paper into shape.ย  You can getย the same effect by twisting the paper spiral around your finger but it is easier and quicker with a quilling tool.



Step 4:

Hold the paper quite tight as you twist it in to shape.ย  When you get to the end of the spiral you can remove the quilling tool or relax your grip if you are using your fingers and you will get a loose rose as in the following picture.


Step 5:

Now you need to glue the tight end of the spiral together to form the base of the rose.ย  You can use any good quality paper glue but preferably one that dries transparent.ย  I used a hot glue gun for speed but on a couple of my earlier roses I forgot that a hot glue gun is HOT ๐Ÿ™‚ย  ย ( you may catch sight of a plaster on my finger ).


Step 6:

Leave the rose to dry and thenย  it is time to add a little sparkle ๐Ÿ™‚


I have used a bottle of glitter glue just to highlight the edges of the petals.


Step 7:

Finally I glued a small bead into the centre of the rose for that little something extra.


Here is the finished rose:)ย  and a few I made earlier in the week.



I hope that this has been helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally to finish off here is another picture that I managed to complete yesterday and I would be interested to hear what you think.

The frame is only 9 inches by 9 inches but I hope that along with the others they will brighten up my walls.


The roses look good in lots of different colours.ย  My Mum says there was a song by Marie Osmond called “Paper Roses” so I will have to have a listen ๐Ÿ™‚


Lauren asked for suggestions on how you could use paper roses so I have added a picture below to show a few alternative ideas on how they can be used ๐Ÿ™‚


If you click on the picture or tap it you will see that I have loaded a full size picture which you can see more detail in.

Best wishes


95 thoughts on “Paper Roses

    1. You are so right Bill, if I ever feel like not going to a party just putting on one of my glitter dresses puts me in the right mood. I can’t wait to see if the glitter glaze dried well on my wall too.
      Best wishes

    1. You’re welcome Cheryl, I loved your flower buttonholes too, I always wondered how they were made. I don’t think buttonholes should be just for weddings, men’s suits cry out for them ๐Ÿ™‚
      All the best

    1. Honestly you can’t be more clumsy than me ๐Ÿ™‚ when I got a blob of glue of my finger tip I made it worse by rubbing another finger over it and hurt that finger too:). Once I got the hang of it I was fine though and I’m quite quick now.
      Best wishes

  1. I agree with dalo2013 that the photos and description of the process are great. If you hadn’t told us, I never would have guessed that this was the first time that you did one of these guides.

  2. Reblogged this on My Twentysomething Life and commented:
    Check out this awesome tutorial for paper roses that I found. These roses are so cute. I think I’m going to have to make some of these. If I were to, how do you think I should use them? Anyone else as inspired as I am at this tutorial? So pretty!

    1. Thanks Amanda, I love that you’re making your own clothes. You should make some of the roses out of fabric remnants and fabric glue or stitch the bases, in fact I might try that myself to try and make a brooch.
      Best wishes

      1. Haha! They were my exact thoughts when I saw your roses! I am not sure i could cut them out as beautifully as your cutter though and that makes the difference! Would be a fabulous outfit though if it had them on!

    1. Hi Amaatk, enjoying your Swindon blog, I’ve not been there. My brother Thomas is putting together a post for his geography blog about Knutsford and Winsford and how modernisation has affected one differently from the other, I’ll tell him to look at your site ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes

      1. Hello Charlotte

        Thanks for looking at my blog. That’s kind. Your brother’s work sounds interesting. Something like that on Swindon would be good I think.

        I’m about to write a travelogue based on the West Swindon sculpture walk and an imagined guidebook entry on the Magic roundabout for my university coursework.

        I have a couple of friends who also like a good singer. I must remember to tell them about your blog. I meaning to.

        Kind regards

        Born again Swindon – amaatk123

  3. Simply stunning but a lot of skill and nimble fingers involved here. Well done Charlotte. So uplifting and thanks for sharing. I need some black roses for my packaging and this may just do the trick!

    1. Hello Mary, thanks for visiting and your lovely message, I enjoyed your paintings too, iconic London buildings in other beautiful surroundings is a brilliant idea. Sometimes the new buildings are fantastic but when they overshadow buildings that are works of great art is like putting a curtain over the Mona Lisa.
      Best wishes

      1. Hello Charlotte, you are most welcome. Love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your kind words also. Yes, exactly! London has some wonderful architecture and it is slowly being lost piece by piece surrounded by glass and metal which looks totally alien in such a small space. Just wanted to make the point. There will probably be more to come :/
        Thanks again and look forward to more of your posts.

        Take care,

    1. Hi Hajara, the blue circles you see on the top picture are just wavy spirals, nothing as fancy as the larger die, and they make the pretty smaller roses you see in the photograph :). Good luck just watch that hot glue!
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you, I had great art teachers at my High School, we even had an art academy in Year 9 (age 13), so the artists at the school could experience more specialities before making their GCSE subject choices. I only had the space to continue with textile art but I would have continued with fine art too if there was time ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes

  4. I know it’s been a while, but life got in the way.

    Anyway, those roses almost looked real from far away. I’m not much good at arts and crafts, so to me those roses look amazing.

    1. Hi Donna, I still like using the Big Shot, my Mum progressed to a Joy because you can use A4 paper sizes. I saw a plain photograph frame this morning and thought the roses would look good around that.
      All the best

      1. Thank you so much as well! I can’t even begin to pick one, I love acrylic and watercolor because they’re fun to use and easy to clean up, but oils have their advantages as well! Can’t wait to see more of your projects!

  5. Brilliant step by step instructions. Like the ones with the pearls in the center best.
    I love the picture that you made too. Great quote.
    First time to see a template cutter. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Joshi, thanks for taking the time to visit and leave your lovely message.
      I’ve finished the picture now I’ll post a picture when it’s in place ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes

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