Saturday, 27 July 2013

How to Make an Upcycled Paper Rose

Paper flowers make lovely additions to lots of crafting projects.  They make great embellishments for cards, gift tags and gift boxes as well as being decoration for anything from notebooks to table settings. One of my favourites (and easiest!) to make is a paper rose, and here I'll show you how to make one too. This tutorial is suitable for adults and children - but make sure you have adult supervision to use scissors.

I like to make them by upcycling paper from old, falling to pieces, unloved books, music sheets and maps, but feel free to use whatever paper you like.  Remember, if you are upcycling the idea is to make something that wasn't useful any more have a new purpose - so don't just rip up anything! Think if it's past its best or if it will be of use to anyone first.



a book to upcycle
This is the book I used which is clearly falling to pieces and has missing pages.  It went from this ...

upcycled paper rose
...to this!


Instructions for making an upcycled paper rose

You will need: a square of paper about 6cm x 6cm (2 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch); glue (I like to use PVA); scissors; a quilling tool or cocktail stick.

tools for making a paper rose

1. Take the square of paper and use your scissors to round each corner. (Ask an adult to help if you're one of my younger readers - always be careful using scissors.)
how to make a paper rose

2. Now cut into the paper about 1 cm (1/2 inch) down from the top right hand corner.
paper rose instructions
3. Continue cutting along the paper stopping about 1 cm (1/2 inch) from the left hand side.  Turn the paper clockwise and continue cutting.  Keep cutting in this spiral fashion until you have a finished paper spiral.
paper rose instructions
4. Using your quilling tool or cocktail stick, take the start of the spiral where you first cut and start to roll the paper following the spiral towards the middle.
how to make a paper rose
5. When you reach the middle of the spiral gently take the rolled up paper off your quilling tool or cocktail stick while holding the paper gently in place.  Slowly let go of the roll of paper a little until it unfurls to look like a rose.
make a paper rose
6. Now put some glue onto the circle of paper that was in the middle of the spiral and is now at the bottom of the rose.  Stick this circle to the base of the rose and hold for a few seconds to fix it in place.

upcycled paper rose tutorial


 And there it is, your finished rose!

upcycled paper rose
Once you know how to make them you can have fun trying different effects. Try...
  • cut the original square of paper with a wavy edge instead of straight;
  • colouring the edge of the square of paper with inks or crayons;
  • using different papers - books, maps, pictures, magazines;
  • cutting the paper to different sizes. 
This project and lots of other crafty ideas can be found at:
http://totallytutorials.blogspot.co.uk/

18 comments:

  1. This is so cool! Denise's daughter is studying to become a teacher and could use this as a great craft project in her classroom. Thanks for the idea. Please stop by our Brag About It Tuesday Linky Party and share more great ideas with us.

    ~~ Thanks, Sharon & Denise BeBetsy

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  2. Thanks! It's a great idea to share it in a classroom setting as it's a simple project but looks really effective so kids will love it. I'll call in to your Linky Party too!

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  3. This is gorgeous! I'm loving the idea of using newspaper/text as a medium...thanks for the post!

    chivalrous.co.uk

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    1. You're welcome Bob! I like making lots of things with all the old, falling to pieces books I collect (or some say hoard...)

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  4. That is very cool, I have always thought it would be cutting a million stripes of paper. Love it!

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    1. Glad I could share it and I hope you enjoy making one!

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  5. Very sweet li'l flower. Thanks for linking up to the Upcycled Linky Party at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/07/upcycled-linky-party-18.html

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    1. Thanks! I like upcycling and a linky party so it was a natural to link up!

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  6. These are so pretty and delicate looking. I really like the size of these too and the fact that they are made from bok pages because that black and white will go with anything. Thanks for linking this up to BeColorful this week.
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    1. I'm happy to share Pamela! I've used these little book roses to decorate so many things because the black and white's so versatile.

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  7. these are lovely, thanks for sharing

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  8. I like this and it was easy to make.

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    1. Thanks Marsha. I'm glad it was helpful for you!

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  9. So pretty - thank so much for the tutorial

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