DIY: Giant Paper Rose Flower

diy-giant-paper-flower tutorial


If you loved the beautiful DIY wedding this morning and Nata’s gorgeous paper flower bouquets, you are in luck as Nata is sharing how she crafted them with us! She was inspired by a template created by Morgan Levine on Martha Stewart (as was I in the flowers I created for this styled shoot). I just love that this basic idea has inspired different brides to create their own version of giant paper flowers – you might remember these equally awesome giant paper flowers from this wedding I shared last year. :) Thanks so much Nata for sharing how you created your giant pink paper rose + special thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos of the DIY + her wedding!


Materials (to make one giant rose):
• 1 Roll of floral tape
• 6 18-gauge floral stem wire (can find it here)
• 4 sheets of Doublette crepe paper for petals (can find it here – the doublette crepe is $2.50 per sheet and each sheet measures 10
x 49 inches)
• 1 sheet of Doublette crepe paper in green for leaves, calyx, stem
• 1 round pencil
• Craft Glue (we used this kind)
• Crepe paper templates (download from Martha Stewart)
• 3 copies of teardrop template
• 8 copies of the heart-shaped template
• 2 copies of the leaf template
• 1 copy of the calyx template

Step 1: Cut the petals


Cut 5-6 teardrop petals and 15-6 heart-shaped petals from the petal colored crepe paper.

VERY IMPORTANT: Crepe paper is directional so it matters which way you’re cutting the paper. Make sure the grain is vertical when you’re cutting the flower pieces.


Stack 2 pieces of crepe paper on top of each other then place 1 copy of template over the crepe paper and staple. I don’t recommend cutting more than 2 layers of crepe paper at a time since the edges won’t be cut as cleanly.


Repeat until all of your petals are cut

Step 2: Cut the leaves + calyx

Cut 3 leaves and 1 calyx from the green crepe paper.

Step 3: Make the rose stem


Take 3 pieces of stem wire and wrap in floral tape.

Step 4: Shape the petals

DIY paper flower rose

With both hands, pull from the center of the petal outward. This will create a cupping of the paper (which is what gives it the petal-like quality)

DIY paper flower rose

Turn petal over and use the round pencil to curl the top of the petal.

Step 5: Create the rose bud – the inner part of the rose

DIY paper flower rose

Take one teardrop shaped petal and wrap around the taped floral wire from Step 3. Use more floral tape to secure. Repeat working your way around the floral wire until all of the teardrop shaped petals are use.

Step 6: Make the rose bloom –the outer part of the rose


Take one heart-shaped petal and wrap around the rose bud, secure with floral tape. Repeat until all petals have been used.

Step 7: Make the leaf-stems


Take 3 loose pieces of floral wire and using craft glue, wrap each one with green crepe paper. Take one leaf and 1 crepe paper wrapped floral wire from step 10 and glue together. Repeat 2 more times.

Step 8: Add calyx to rose


Wrap the calyx around the base of the rose bloom and secure with floral tape.


Cover the floral tape area with more crepe paper.

Step 9: Add leaf-stems to rose


Using craft glue, secure each of the 3 leaf-stems to the rose stem. I found it helpful to use binder clips to hold the stems together while the glue was drying.



And there you go! It might take a little time, but a great (and pretty awesome) alternative to real flowers for your bouquet – plus you can keep these forever!


big thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos + to reader Nata for the DIY created for GWS

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  1. This is gorgeous, love it!

  2. These are so gorgeous!! What a genius idea…think that I may be getting busy with the scissors this evening :)!!

  3. I love this – those are so beautiful!!

  4. So gorgeous! I’ll have to post it to my DIY Pinterest board so I remember to try it later on!

  5. wow this is amazing! The rose looks so real~

  6. These are amazing. I’m using paper flowers at my wedding. Such a great alternative.

  7. I remember making these as a child! So fun to see it still being made and in a new (and bigger) way. Always love seeing DIY projects like this!

  8. This is exactly my kind of DIY project. Brilliant!

  9. I so love the idea of the bouquet.

  10. The first time I saw this flower is looks like a real flower and I was amaze that it was a paper.

  11. Love this!!! Does anyone know if ONE order of the doublette crepe paper from CASTLE in the AIR is enough to make ONE rose??

  12. I was wondering the same thing. I wanted to order the paper online, and I wasn’t sure how many orders I would need for the petals. I will only be making one rose, so would one or two be enough?

  13. OH DOES THIS BRING BACK MEMORIES !! I was very broke one year ( more than one ) lol I had no money to buy x-mass gifts or decorations (newly divorced) one small boy I made these and put them on the tree, made bunches of them and gave as gifts ( the year was 1968 ) I think I need to make these again. Thanks for the memories

  14. I have to be honest thats one of the best fake flower tutorials ive seen.


  15. I really love these!

    I am getting married in 7 weeks and would love to use them as a bouquet, I get really bad hayfever so have ruled out real blooms…

    I can not however find the crepe paper anywhere in the UK (In red or pale blue). I have had H2B scouring google but to no avail!

    We are really on a tight budget and shipping is a bit ridiculous, anyone know where I might find it?

    Thanks so much if you can help! xx

  16. Holy awesome! These are amazing. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  17. Wonderful tutorial. I linked you up in my blog in a posting about great paper flower tutorials. Thanks!

  18. Did anyone find out actually how much crepe paper one needs to order to make one rose? It says you need “four doublette crepe paper folds”. On the suggested supplier, does that mean you need to order four packs of the paper? These are stunning and can’t wait to make, but want to make sure I order enough.

  19. I would love to know the answer to that question too! :) I really want to try this, but don’t know how much double crepe paper to order from the supplier listed in the tutorial… anyone know???? thanks !!

  20. I used regular crepe paper and used spray adhesive to double it, which worked brilliantly. I used one full length of Canson crepe paper for each layer and they measure 2.5 meters long and 0.50 meters wide. Judging by that it would seem 4 packs are required for each flower you wish to make.

  21. I received a response back from ‘Castle in the Air’ regarding how much paper you need: instructions indicate you will need 4 sheets of the
    doublette crepe for the petals, and 1 sheet of the doublette crepe for the
    leaves. The doublette crepe is $2.50 per sheet and each sheet measures 10
    x 49 inches. You can view our selection here:
    Thank you Castle in the Air for clearing this up :) Can’t wait to make one!!

  22. Beautiful! Do you think this could be done with fabric too?

  23. I love this! It’s definitely going in my bookmark.

  24. I just mocked one of these up using printer paper, and I LOVE it! I’m going to use these for centerpieces in my July wedding. they look so beautiful in the pictures, too. Great craft idea!

  25. These are just the right mix of cute and sophisticated!

  26. I managed to get hold of a bulk order of crepe and was going to sell what I don’t need. So if you are in the UK and need some French Vanilla & Lemon Yellow, Peach & Light Rose or Golden Yellow & Melon I can help you out.

  27. Just perfect. Love, Love and bookmarking because I feel a wedding in the near future with my oldest.

  28. OMG, this is gorge! Thanks for the tutorial. I may use this idea for my sister’s wedding!

  29. featured this today at my blog!

  30. I love this and I’m trying to make them for my wedding. Do you have more information on your BM’s flowers? e.i. how many sheet of paper did you buy for them? they are a little smaller correct? and the colors.. looks like it’s lighter at the tip.. did you use bleach?

    thank you so much.

  31. Mandy – thanks for the kind words! The BM flowers were a combination of things: 1) smaller version of crepe paper rose (just used less petals to make smaller) 2) tissue paper peonies and poppies – and bleached the paper to add some dimension (you’re good!) 3) crepe paper flower with bleached ends 4) white crepe paper ombre dyed pink with Rit fabric dye. If you’re dying your flowers, I used a mixture of 1 cup water and 3/4 cup bleach. The paper only needs to be dipped for like a second or two…the bleach moves quick. I never tried the bleach method with the roses since the bleach degrades elasticity of the crepe paper and you need the elasticity in tact for shaping the petal.

  32. Need to do this project. Love it!

  33. This is so beautiful. I will definitely be trying this project out. Thank you.

  34. Wow, loving the big flower! Reposted via Twitter!

    Thanks for sharing :O)


  35. Hi! I really like this project :)
    Can you please tell me where did you get your floral tape? I like it.

    Thanks so much!

  36. Referencing the photo with the first teardrop petal attached.. it doesn’t mention how far down the stem you attach, but it looks as if there is quite a bit of stem coming up in the middle of the flower? Any reason for this?

  37. I LOVE these flowers. My wedding theme is Young at Heart and these fit in perfectly. I’m having a bit of a problem with the floral tape. It doesn’t stick very well. Is there an alternative tape which is similarly thin but stickier? Also, during which step is the floral tape cover stem covered in green crepe paper? Before the petals or after? Thank you!!

  38. This is stunning and it seems easy to make, I’ve pinned it and added it to my diy wedding board.

  39. So beautiful! I can’t wait to try this out. I featured this tutorial on my blog and linked back! Let me know if you want any of the info changed!

  40. Oh my goodness this is awesome! I’ve never seen anything like this!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link these up in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. It is just our 2nd week. Your blog is cute and we can’t wait to look around some more! I love the name of your blog!

    Thank you!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  41. I really really want to have this for my bouquet! Just got all my material but in step 3 with the tear drop pedals how far up does the stem go it looks like it goes up the pedal more then half way

    • Hey Brianna – you want to put the stem about half way (or slightly below) halfway on the petal – I feel like it’s sturdier when I do that than put stem around the base of the petal. Don’t worry about the stem showing through the top. Good luck!

  42. Leslie Finkenberg on:

    Hi Nata,
    We loved your wedding. I left a message on your other feedback with Green Wedding Shoes regarding your creative photo “non-booth”set up. My daughter is getting married in Laguna Beach on August 4th and we are building a photo wall, so people can stand behind it and take fun pictures. We would love to figure out the same kind of set-up that you used, so that we do not have to hire another photographer to man the equipment.
    I would greatly appreciate hearing back from you on how to set up the printer, camera, etc. If your friend who designed the process would be interested in contacting us, I would also be so grateful. We just do not have the technolocial background to figure it all out!
    Thank you so much. Your wedding photographs are fantastic and truly reflected your individual style and creative sensibilities.
    I’ll look forward to hearing from you.


  43. Crystal Couturesa on:

    I’m not sure I could make them but they look fab x

  44. thank you so muchhhh for the idea!
    it’ll be so great on birthdays or weddings or whatever events!! THANK YOU ! <33 you've brighten up my day



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