Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Paper roses

Wow! Thanks for all the interest in the flowers! Phyllis asked to see more and Kanan asked how I made the roses and so I am going to attempt to explain it.

Keep in mind that these are in 1 inch = 1 foot scale, The whole arrangement is only about 1 3/4" tall including the vase and the roses are only about 5/16" across. Of course you can make then bigger by using a larger circle punch and thicker wire. The finished size of your rose will depend on the size of the circle punch you use.


Paper (you can use regular copy paper I used japanese crepe paper but it is hard to find and expensive)
Round hole punch (I used a regular office hole punch)
Fine pointed tweezers
Paper or cloth covered wire (I used 32 gauge paper covered wire which is hard to find)
Acrylic paint
Matte medium (Paper has a 'memory' meaning that however much you shape it will eventually go back to it's original form which is flat! Humidity makes it go quicker so the matte medium is essential to make the petals hold their shape)
Markers or dye ink pad(I used Marvy markers)
Soft pad and large ball stylus for shaping. (I use a piece of a cheap place mat. You can use a mouse pad or a piece of fun foam but these are a bit too soft)
Tacky glue (I use Crafters PickThe Ultimate)
Finishing spray


Thin your paint with a drop of water and paint the paper on both sides in the color of your choice and let it dry. When paper is dry spread a thin coat of matte medium over both sides and let dry.

Cut the wire into the length you want for the stem and seal the ends with glue so that the paper or cloth doesn't come off the wire.


1. When the paper is dry punch out the petals, about 16 for each rose. Using a marker or ink pad and paint brush a shade darker than your paint shade a roughly U shape on one side of the petal. (This step is optional)

2. Transfer the petals to the shaping pad and with a ball stylus gently curve the petals with a circular motion.

3. The cupped side goes towards the stem with all the petals. Pick up one petal with tweezers and using a pin or toothpick put a dot of glue on one side of the petal and glue it to the tip of a stem. Wrap the petal around the stem using a dot of glue to hold it in place. Pick up another petal and put a tiny dot of glue on the bottom of the petal and glue it to the stem right under the wrapped petal. Add 2 more petals overlapping each other. Continue adding petals making sure the next round of petals covers the gap in the previous row. When all the petals are attached set aside to dry.

Once the petal are dry use tweezers to gently bend the tips outward. Do this for all the petals. Spray with a finish to hold it all together and your rose is done. If you try this I would love to see what you do with your finished flowers!


Diann said...

Your miniture flowers are awesome, Jennie! I don't think I would have the patience for anything that small. You do great work with paper no matter what you create! Diann

Anonymous said...

These are just beautiful Jenie....I love them..you really do make gorgeous things....