How to Make Paper Roses For a Homemade Card

You will need: Circle stencils in a variety of sizes (or any items that have a round circumferance you can trace), red paper, scissors and glue.

This rose card can be sent to your mom, a loved one, or anyone who enjoys flowers. Once you know how to make roses, you can go forth and and design on top of any blank or upcycled card. Decorate with any pearl or gem stickers. Or keep it simple with a few roses.

The inspiration behind this card was a store-bought miniature rose that we kept alive on our patio (it’s tough!) In fact one more bud was able to grow into a rose. Who knows how long it will last. These flowers are finicky.

We wanted to make a cute paper rose. But we did not have a die cutter. So here’s one way to do it. Instructions are below.

Cut out Petals

  • Trace and Cut Out Petals. Trace and cut out at least 3-4 sizes of circles (small, medium, and large) from the paper of your choice. We used a stencil to do this. The example below uses 3 sizes. The sizes must be small enough to fit your card. For each size, cut out 4-5 circles.
  • Cut Circles into Crescent Shapes. To make a petal, take a circle and use your scissors to cut out a piece of the circle so it looks like a crescent moon. See the example below. Note: The leftover scraps can be used as petals for other types of flowers.

Making the Rose

  • Arrange the Bottom Layer of the Rose. To make the rose, start with the largest crescents and arrange them next next to each other in a circular layout. If you feel confident in the arrangement, you can glue the pieces together by slightly overlapping the ends of the petals on top of each other.
  • Arrange the Middle Layer of the Rose. Do the same with the medium sized petals. Arrange them in a circular layout. If you wish, arrange them on top of the larger petals you just assembled. Adjust the layout to your liking, covering any spaces by slightly overlapping if you must.
  • Arrange the Top Layer of the Rose. Last, arrange the smallest petals and lay on top of the medium sized petals. You can slightly overlap for more dimension.

Glue your arrangement together.

Our card was a little warped since we used the wrong type of glue. Lesson for next time.

Looking back, it would have been nice to have circular punches. If you do have punches of varying sizes, you can use them to easily make the rose petals. Nevertheless, you now know how to make roses for any card project.

And just for fun, here is the miniature rose that inspired it all:

If you made this rose, let us know! We’d love to see how you designed a card or project using this method. Something also tells us, we will probably use it to make another type of card or decorate a crafty box in the future. Ideas, ideas!

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