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How to Make Real Looking Paper Roses Step by Step

If we’re being honest, I’ve always loved paper based crafts. Even the simple cut and paste crafts I make with my kids give me a little DIY thrill. Every once in a while, however, I get the itch to make something a little more advanced. Being a lifelong lover of flowers in addition to being a crafting enthusiast, I doubt it’ll surprise you to learn that I recently fell in love with making realistic paper roses. In fact, I’ve made enough now that they’re dotted all over my house and people have started asking how they’re done. That’s why I decided to lay it out for other people to follow along.

Diy realistic paper rose

Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Pink paper
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • A ruler

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Diy realistic paper rose materials

Step 2:

Turn your pink paper to sit landscape on your tabletop. Use your ruler to measure the length of the longer edge along the top and mark it at its thirds with your pencil. Then measure the shorter edge along the side and mark it at its half. Then draw lines all the way across the page from each mark; three vertical lines that split the page into thirds across its width and one horizontal line that splits the page in half across its height. If it makes you feel better about keeping your ruler even while you draw your straight lines, measure the same points at the third and half on the sides across from your originals so you know precisely where your ruler should meet the other side vertically and horizontally. You’ll see six equally sized squares when you’re done. Carefully cut these out. You will actually only used four of these, or your flower will probably be too thick to look realistic.

Diy realistic paper rose start drawing

Diy realistic paper rose center

Diy realistic paper rose angle

Diy realistic paper rose divide

Diy realistic paper rose geometric