Roses often say more than a thousand words. All the better if this beautiful message lasts forever. The next festive occasion is sure to come, be it a token of love for the treasure, a wedding or a big jubilee: Give the gift of homemade roses made of paper or napkins and co. With the following DIY instructions it is child’s play to make the most beautiful paper roses.

Roses made of paper, napkins and the like – simply make them yourself

Making paper roses instead of buying the wonderful flowers in the shop has several advantages: First of all, the treasures never fade away. So the recipients can remember the beautiful moment for a long time to come. In addition, paper roses don’t need any care in order to look noble in the long run. That’s why they make an excellent decoration for a beautifully laid table or simply for your own four walls.

Making paper roses
All DIY manuals use simple handicraft paper as the main component or use simple components that most people have in their households anyway, such as filter bags, napkins, etc. Every DIY is easy to use, even for beginners. Depending on your experience and instructions, you will need between 20 minutes and two hours to make your own paper roses.

Making simple paper roses | Instructions
This guide shows you one of the easiest and fastest ways to make decorative paper roses. They can be stuck on homemade greeting cards, or serve as creative decoration for other small and large handicrafts.

Hobby tip: Create a whole picture out of the flowers by sticking many of them in a heart shape and framing them.

You need the following materials for simple paper roses:

  • Craft cardboard or similar solid paper in the colour of your choice
  • glue
  • scissors

This is how the crafting of simple paper roses works. The instructions follow.

Step 1: Cut a square out of your paper. Or you can use a prefabricated square piece of paper.

Tip: Every size works, the longer the sides of the square, the larger the finished paper roses. Example: The format of a classic note paper results in a flower about the size of a thumbnail.

Step 2: By removing the edges of the square, you simply cut yourself a circle. You can use a compass to draw the circular shape.

Tip: Don’t worry, the contour doesn’t have to be perfect. The finished result looks even more natural “with corners and edges”.

Step 3: Cut a spiral out of the circle.

Insert outside with a rather thin line and then cut thicker inside until you get a kind of paper snail.

Step 4: From the outside, i.e. from the area where you just started cutting, roll up the spiral very tightly and tightly.

To make it easier to roll up the start piece, cut off the tip. This will give you a straight edge for easier handling.

Tip: If you have trouble rolling up, you can use a thin brush or toothpick to help and simply roll the spiral around it.

Step 5: When the paper is completely rolled up, squeeze it a few times until it is slightly creased. This serves to create firmness and shape.

Tip: Always allow the paper roses to spring open slightly during this time, so that the typical fanned rose shape is even more beautiful.

Step 6: Now you have a finished rose made of paper.

Basically, the flower keeps its shape independently. If you want to be on the safe side, you can easily add some liquid glue from below. Simply apply under the small lid and press firmly.

Rose blossoms from filter bags | Instructions
Dried roses make a romantic table decoration. With these instructions you will achieve a wonderful old rose with retro charm. The finished blossoms can be scattered loosely on the table or spun onto flower arrangements, decorations or gifts using small pins.

You need the following materials for rose petals made of filter bags:

medium sized filter bags in brown
tea bag fruit tea or all red teas
two cups or the like for dyeing
red watercolor
brush
plates
Oven (optional for drying)
disposable gloves
hot glue

This is how the crafting of rose petals from filter bags works. The instructions follow.

Step 1: Pour hot (not boiling) water into a cup. Fill the other cup with hot red tea.

Tip: Allow the tea to brew as long as possible beforehand for a more intensive colour result. This can be several hours.

Step 2: Put on your gloves and put your plate in front of you.

Step 3: Take the first filter bag and dip it completely into the red tea.

Then place them on the plate.

Step 4: Moisten the brush with the hot water and then take up some red water color with it.

Dab it on one side of the filter bag. You can also apply food colouring or other water-based paints with a brush for more and more intense colour effects.

Step 5: Dip another unused tea bag briefly into the hot water and then press it onto the filter bag as you would with stamping.

Tip: If you spread the colour with the tea bag, it doesn’t matter at all. The technology creates a great vintage effect.

Step 6: Place the filter bag on the grid of the oven or alternatively on a metal grid coaster.

Step 7: Repeat steps 3-6 with all remaining filter bags.

Step 8: Then place the grid with the filter bags in the oven to dry. A quarter of an hour at about 70 degrees Celsius is enough. Leave the oven door slightly open so that moisture can escape more easily.

Tip: Of course you can also let the bags air dry, this will only take much longer. Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer to dry your filter bags even faster.

Step 9: Now take one of the dry filter bags and open it by sliding the fingers of one hand into it.

Step 10: With the other hand, grasp the ribbed projecting edge on the underside of the filter bag.

Step 11: Hold the edge firmly and turn it carefully in one direction until the entire filter bag is spirally twisted together.

Step 12: Now carefully turn the flower over while holding its shape together. Apply hot glue to the small openings on the back.

If you want to apply the flowers directly to a decorative element or a gift, you can now stick them on like this.

Otherwise, cut out small circles from a completely dried filter bag beforehand, the diameter of which is slightly smaller than that of the flowers. You can now glue your flower onto such a circle and fix it in place. Now it can be used freely.

Allow the glue to dry while holding the flower in your hand. This will give it its first firmness. Then push a long pin, preferably with a pretty pearl head, from above through the centre of the rose and pin the flower onto the desired element.

Making paper roses from napkins | Instructions
If you want to make beautiful paper roses out of napkins and the like, you can simply proceed as described in instruction 1 and cut out a spiral-shaped circle, roll it up and glue it together. For a particularly impressive result, however, the somewhat greater effort of the following DIY instructions is worthwhile.

You need the following materials for paper roses from napkins:

Napkin in desired design
scissors
paper clip
green, thin gift ribbon (which can be curled with scissors)

This is the way to make paper roses from napkins. The instructions follow.

Step 1: Unfold your napkin once so that it lies in front of you as a rectangle. In the middle is now the folding edge, left and right of it a square each.

Step 2: Cut the two squares apart along the folding line.

Step 3: Place the squares on top of each other so that it looks like a single square or a normally folded napkin.

Step 4: Halve them by placing two corners on top of each other.

Now you have an oblong rectangle in front of you.

Step 5: Cut along the resulting folding edge. This gives you four long napkin strips.

Step 6: You need two of these strips per rose. Place them together so that an even longer line is created.

Step 7: The short edges overlap by a few centimeters. Temporarily staple them to each other with a paper clip.

Step 8: Fold the upper right corner about one centimetre inwards. Then fold this piece one more centimetre in the same direction.

Step 9: Now grasp the folded edge with your right thumb. The left thumb presses tightly against the edge.

Step 10: Carefully and without tearing the fabric, turn your thumbs against each other, right up, left hold.

Step 11: Now turn the entire long edge to the left by first turning the napkin down and then up again with your right thumb.

The left thumb only holds the fabric.

Tip: Admittedly, this technique is a small challenge for the inexperienced. Once the process is clear, it works in a matter of seconds and creates an elegant border at the edges of the paper roses.

Step 12: The napkin interface, which was originally connected by paperclip, is simply folded in using the above method, thereby giving it stability. Of course you can remove the clip.

Step 13: Continue until you have reached the upper left corner.

Step 14: Starting again from the upper right corner, roll the strip into a beautiful rose. Simply roll it up and press the side without the border firmly together, while you fan out the decorated edge again and again.

Tip: Unlike other folding techniques, the fabric does not have to be rolled up so tightly in the upper area. The loose spacing underlines the typical rose shape.

Step 15: The lower ends have been pressed together to form a small stem.

Fix it with your green ribbon. Just wrap it around the fabric and knot it well.

Tip: Now ruffle the ends of the gift ribbon with scissors – just like when wrapping presents – and get a leaf-like look.

If you put green wire or a wooden stick into the small handle and fix it with hot glue, you can even make long-stemmed paper roses.

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