Recycled Crafts: How to Make a Paper Rose
This craft is relatively simple, all it involves is a long strip of paper, some glue, and practice!
1″ strip of paper, about 20″ long
Start by making a fold in the paper strip as shown in the photograph. Leave a tail of about 3″. This will be the stem of the rose, and your “handle” while you twist the rose into shape.
Next, fold the perpendicular tail to the left, along the edge with the number two in the picture above. The tail should now be flipped over to its other side.
Now take the bottom right hand corner and fold it underneath. This creates the starting point for the center of the rose.
Taking the tail in your hand, begin tightly twisting the longer strip of paper along the edge that is folded back. Every time you reach a raw edge, fold it back at a 45 degree angle.
If you’d like, you can add glue to make sure your rosebud doesn’t unravel at this point. Once you’ve established a tightly wrapped coil, you can start making petals that are unfolding a little more. You can do this by folding the paper strip under at a 90 degree angle, as shown below.
Continue to fold at 90 degree angles, playing with the petals so that they stick out. At this point the folding is more subjective, so if you feel it’s looking like a rose, you’re doing it right!
When you reach the end of your paper strip, you can glue it into place underneath the rose, or, if you want a bigger rose, you can glue on another strip of paper.
And here’s the finished product! It might take a few tries, so be patient. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments.