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How to make a paper rose

Download our free paper rose template and make your own DIY paper rose! They make the ideal gift or decoration to brighten up the home.

How to make a paper rose

Learn how to make a realistic paper rose with my easy step-by-step tutorial and free paper rose templates! Impress friends and family with your new skills – why not create a bunch of roses? Ideal for weddings, birthdays, retirements, or just because, you’ll feel a real sense of achievement after making your paper rose. And it’s easier than you think – simply download my free paper rose template and follow my step by step tutorial below (and take your time!).

Experiment with different weights of paper as different types of paper will behave differently – for this paper rose design, I’m using 120gsm paper for the petals, and 230gsm textured card for the leaves.

Download my free paper rose templates, grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started!

Looking for a hot glue gun to make this project? Check out our round-up of the best glue guns that you can buy in 2021.

And if you like this paper rose project, why not have a look at some of our other ScanNCut projects? We’ve also got a gorgeous daffodil wreath, easy paper lantern or these flowers in a jam jar? We love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to share your craft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Watch our video tutorial!


You Will Need

  • Rose template (Free to download in this article)
  • Paper or card, coloured
  • Wooden skewer
  • Floral tape
  • Hot glue gun, and glue sticks
Plus, we have also used
  • Brother ScanNCut (optional)
  • Brother adhesive mat (optional), standard or low tack

Total time:

Step 1

How to make a paper rose

There are two ways to make these flowers – with or without a Brother ScanNCut. For either method, first download and print your exclusive paper rose template PDF.

If a ScanNCut is still on your wishlist and you don’t have one yet, just print out the colour version, cut it out using a pair of scissors and skip ahead to step 5. Or why not print out the black and white version and simply colour in!

If you DO have a Brother ScanNCut, print out the black and white version and scan it into your machine and select ‘Scan to Cut Data’. The machine will run the template under the scanner and once it is finished, an image will appear on the screen. Using the touchscreen on the ScanNCut, adjust the crop around the image to remove unwanted areas and press ‘OK’. Then select the picture of the ScanNCut to save the template to your machine’s memory. Now you have a paper rose you can cut any time!

If you would prefer the SVG file, click the link below! You can save it onto USB which you can plug into your ScanNCut machine, or you can import it into Canvas Workspace and send via wireless to your machine if you prefer.

Paper rose – free SVG file

Alternatively, if you don’t have any of the right colour paper or card, or don’t want to dip into your stash, simply print out the colour version of the paper rose template and stick this down onto your Low Tack or Standard Tack Adhesive Mat instead. Scan using the ScanNCut and select ‘Direct Cut’ on your ScanNCut machine to cut out the template. Now skip ahead to step 3.

Step 2

How to make a paper rose - Step 2

Stick some paper or card onto your Brother cutting mat. Burnish the paper or card down well. I’ve chosen a pearlescent white for my paper rose.

Step 3

How to make a paper rose

Load your Brother cutting mat into your machine if you haven’t done so already, and instruct it to cut the petals for your paper rose. Depending on how fulsome you want your paper rose – you’ll need 6-8 sets of petals (one “set” of petals is one of the flower-like pieces, made up of six individual petals).

Step 4

How to make a paper rose

Next, load your Brother ScanNCut with some green paper or card for the sepal and main leaves, and instruct it to cut. Cut one sepal and two leaves.

Carefully peel the waste away from around the petals and leaves.

Step 5

How to make a paper rose

Before we start assembling the paper rose, we need to shape the petals a little. This will encourage the paper to fall into the right place when we glue it together.

Fold the individual petals inwards towards the centre – you can do this individually like I’ve done here, or fold them all at once to save time.

Step 6

How to make a paper rose

Next, curl the edge of the petals inwards. This will help the shape of the paper rose to emerge when we assemble it.

Step 7

How to make a paper rose

Take one set of petals and tightly curl one of the individual petals and glue it together, forming a cone shape. This is the very middle of the paper rose.

Step 8

How to make a paper rose - Step 8

Bring the opposite petal up, wrap around the cone shape and glue into place. As this is the very middle of the paper rose, we’re going to make it quite a tight cone.

Continuing to work with opposite petals, repeat the process of bringing one of the individual petals up, wrapping around the cone and sticking down. Do this until the first set of petals is fully assembled and you have a solid cone shape.

Step 9

How to make a paper rose

Stick the next set of petals on to the bottom of your cone and repeat the process, bringing up opposite petals one at a time. This time, however, leave a little gap between the petals and the inside cone (ie don’t wrap the petals as tight).

Step 10

How to make a paper rose

Continue adding the sets of petals, bringing up the individual petals in the same way. Once you get onto the third set of petals, curl the tips of the petals outwards (or you can also do this bit at the end).

Here’s a top tip: as your paper rose gets bigger and you move through the petals, move the placement of the glue further down the inside of your petals. Start with it near the top of the petal – this will create the tight bud we want in the middle of the paper rose – and gradually move the glue down the petal as you get further towards the outside of the flower.

Step 11

How to make a paper rose

Keep adding the sets of petals to your paper rose in the same way until you get to the last set. We want the last set (the most outer set) of petals to be quite open, so put glue right at the bottom of the petals to create an open flower.

Curl the tips of the petals outwards, using a pen or other round object with a small diameter.

How to make a paper rose

Step 12

How to make a paper rose

Your paper rose will be quite sturdy at this point, thanks to all the glue. Flip it over and position your sepal, but don’t glue down just yet. Using the hole in the middle of the sepal as a guide, poke a wooden skewer through the hole, and through the bottom of your paper rose.

Remove the sepal, and work the skewer into the bottom of your paper rose. If you like, you can add a blob of glue onto the end of your skewer to hold it in place, but it should hold itself. Add the sepal back in and glue it into place.

Step 13

How to make a paper rose

Now, working on the leaves – fold along the dotted lines to give them shape. Rose leaves are quite jagged, so if you don’t have a ScanNCut and don’t fancy cutting round the detailed template, just cut a generic leaf shape, and randomly snip into the edges to create the jagged look.

Step 14

How to make a paper rose

Position the leaves on the stick – I’ve chosen to do one on either side – and tape them into place. Tape (washi tape, sellotape etc) is ideal for this as it will stop the leaves from being pulled out.

Step 15

How to make a paper rose

Trim the stick if you need to, then wrap the stick with floral tape, covering up the tape. Floral tape is self-adhesive, so stretch the tape a little to release the adhesive and ensure it stays stuck down as you wind it around the stick. If you feel it needs it, add a little blob of Pritt Stick at the end, just to make sure it doesn’t work itself loose.

Step 16

How to make a paper rose

Finally, find somewhere to display your realistic paper rose! We love seeing what you make, so if you want – please share your craft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

How to make a paper rose

How to make a paper rose

Shop this project!


1. ScanNCut SDX1200

ScanNCut SDX1200

2. SDX Standard Tack Cutting Mat, 12×12inch

Buy now: Amazon (£29.69)Create and Craft (£19.99)

Brother SDX Standard Tack Cutting Mat

3. Pearlescent paper A4

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Pearlescent paper

4. Dovecraft Premium 12×12″ Textured Cardstock

Buy now: Amazon (£19.99)

Trimcraft 12 x 12 premium textured card

5. Green floral tape

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Floral stem wrap tape

6. Wooden skewers

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Wooden skewers

For more paper flowers to try, take a look at our guide to 16 paper flowers to make.

Photography by Holly Spanner