How to: Make the Perfect Paper Rose


Hello and Hello once again Stampers!


I bought this wire basket holding three glass bottles on sale and I knew immediately I wanted to decorate it with Paper Roses. I initially thought I would decorate each bottle with a rose, but when I tried it, the roses and bottles looked too uniform and symmetrical for my taste. So, that’s when I decided to embellish the wire baskets’ front.


Realistic Paper Roses are one of my all-time favorite projects to make. Realistic being  the operative word here. Sometimes Paper Roses or paper flowers look like paper flowers; hard edged, no real depth to them and not realistic. If that’s what you’re going for then all is good. However, for these Paper Roses I aimed for realistic. See if I delivered?

Spiral Flower Die Perfect Paper Rose_________________________________________________________________________


Spiral Flower Die Perfect Paper Rose 1If you look closely there are actually two kinds of roses. The center of the one shown above was made the following way…

Perfect paper Roses 01Cut a 11″ x 1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock. Distress one edge with a Sponge Dauber, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder and or Marina Mist Ink. Cut along the same edge as the photo shows. You could probably use the Stampin’ Up! Fringe Scissors. I couldn’t find mine!  Take the distressed and fringed strip and simply roll it.


Cut out three to five flowers using the Spiral Flower Die and The BIG Shot. I cut some from Very Vanilla Cardstock and distressed the edges. Distress the cut Spiral Flowers edges with the same color as the strip. The samples in the photos were done in Blushing Bride. Add more color to the center circle. I originally wanted to stamp the Spiral Flower, but I wasn’t achieving the effect I wanted.


Perfect Paper Rose 02Next you want to take the rolled up fringed strip and starting at the smallest point of the spiral, line up the bottom edges and roll them together. When you’re finished rolling fold up the middle circle, add some Multi-Purpose Glue and adhere the rolled flower on to the glue. Hold it for a few seconds then put it asides to dry.




Spiral Flower Die Perfect Paper Roses

Instructions for the other roses.

First cut out a rose using the Spiral Flower Die and The BIG Shot again, only this time cut the spiral flowers out of a colored cardstock. The two shown above were cut from Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron.

Spiral Flower Die Perfect Paper Rose 4Place the spiral under a tap of running water or place it in a zip lock bag and spritz it with some water using a Stampin’ Spritzer. The Stampin’ Spritzer works well, because it sprays a small amount of water, so it’s very controllable. I use a plastic bag just to keep my work station dry. While the spiral is still wet crumple it up and uncrumple it. Is uncrumple even a word? My spell check doesn’t think so. But, you know what I mean.


Then start rolling up the spiral starting from the small end again.  Roll it as tight as you can. A pointy pair of tweezers helps to get it started. Once it’s tightly rolled let go and let it loosen up on it’s own. You can’t glue it in place until it’s fully dry. However, it’s at this point you can bend each petal, so when it does dry it will resemble a rose. Once it’s dry add glue to the center circle once again and adhere the rolled rose.


On Very Vanilla stamp the leaves from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Cucumber Crush Ink and fussy cut them out.


For this project the roses were adhered using a hot glue gun. You can make and use these Paper Roses to embellish any basket, bottle, place setting, journal, party favor, head-bands, etcetera  These would even make a great bouquet or topiary. I know the front of the basket says, “Flowers”, but I think I’ll use this to store my paint brushes!

Spiral Flower Dies Perfect Paper Roses

Thanks for reading this loooong post! I sincerely hope you give these a try. If you don’t have a Spiral Flower Die you can order one from me HERE





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