DIY: Giant Paper Rose Flower

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Step 4: Shape the petals

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Cover the floral tape area with more crepe paper.

Step 9: Add leaf-stems to rose

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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.

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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!

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

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Comments

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

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

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. featured this today at my blog!

  9. 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.
    mandy

  10. 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.

  11. Need to do this project. Love it!

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

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

    Thanks for sharing :O)

    David
    DSP

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

    Thanks so much!

  15. 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?

  16. 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!!

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

  18. 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!
    http://www.livecreativelynow.com/2012/05/great-flower-tutorials.html

  19. 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
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/05/12/saturday-showcase-craft-projects/

  20. This may have been answered already but how many sheets of the flower colored crepe paper do you need to make 1 flower? (I can’t see all the text of the older comments) Thanks!

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