Easy to make Paper Roses. Beautiful and Inexpensive Gifts

Paper Rose pen

Paper Roses

Paper Roses are fun and easy to make.

When we were kids we would make crepe PaperRoses.  They make fun and inexpensive gifts for Mother’s Day,  Teacher Gifts or Secretary’s Day.  You can make them as stand along roses or place them on the top of a pen for a fun and pretty alternative to a plain pen.   You can make several rose pens (in different colors) and place in a small cup that is then placed on top of a desk.  These are perfect as inexpensive gifts.  With so many teachers and other people to give gifts to sometimes staying within our household budgets can be a challenge.  These are pretty  and inexpensive gifts.

Make them in white instead of red for a fun sign in pen for showers, weddings, etc.   I purchased all supplies except the green crepe paper (couldn’t find any) and pens from my local Dollar Tree.   I also used a low temp glue gun (and glue sticks) that I had previously purchased at my local Michael’s store.


It would be ideal to be able to match the leaf paper and ribbon.  I wasn’t able to find a green color that matched perfectly.  In fact I had a hard time finding the green paper until I went to a PartyCity store.  I purchased a package of 12 Paper Mate ball point pens from my local Office Depot Store.  You could also use all those pens one seems to collect at hotels,  giveaways, etc.  They will be covered so logos won’t show.  It cannot however be the type where you click on the top to release the pen since the rose would get in the way.  Get the basic type of pens as those pictured in the previous photo.

Supplies needed to make Paper Roses:

Floral wire

Floral ribbon (sticky type)


Crepe paper in red and green. ( I used the party streamers)  You can choose your own colors.

Glue gun  (Please use care to avoid injury especially when working with children)

Pens (optional) I purchased a pkg. of 12 from my local Office Dept store.  You can find these at any office supply store or even at Wal-Mart.


 Making your Paper Roses:

  1. Fold the crepe paper over a few times (make at least 5 – 7 petals)  I used red.   Cut out petal shapes.  You can rub along the top of the petals to help shape the edges to curve.  Cut out leaves in the same way.  I used 2

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2.  Cut a strip of floral wire approximately 12 inches long.  Fold one end to make it easier to glue to first petal.   Keep adding petals (narrow edge to the bottom) and alternate their placement.  Use little dot of hot glue to secure in place.

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3.  Place a small dab of glue to attach floral ribbon.. now wrap the floral ribbon around the floral wire.   Add a couple of leaves.  Using a dab of hot glue at the base of the leaves to secure.. continue wrapping wire ribbon around wire until finished.   Add a dab of hot glue to secure tail of wire ribbon.   After your rose is done you can fluff up the petals to shape as desired.  See photo B

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Paper Rose Pen Option.

Prepare your rose in the same same.  Put a little dab of hot glue to top of pen.  Attach rose rose to pen.  Wrap floral wire around pen DO NOT go all the way to the bottom.   (see photo) Add leaves if desired.  Continue wrapping floral ribbon around pen.  DO NOT go all the way to the bottom if you plan to use the pen cover on your pen.  Add a dab of hot glue to secure your ribbon tail.    Fluff your petals (see photo B) Enjoy.

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This is the measurement of the petal if using the crepe paper party streamers.  You can make them larger if you buy regular roll crepe paper.  The shape is very similar to a heart.. but with a solid top.  I haven’t tried it with tissue paper but I’m told it works.  I think they would be too thin and tear too easily with use.

measurement of rose petal

rose collage

Photo tutorial for Paper Roses


If you prefer to watch a quick video tutorial I have uploaded one to my YouTube Channel. “All Crafts Channel” Click on the video to watch it. Links are on the next page.   Enjoy

Paper Rose Video Tutorial

I hope you enjoy this project.  It brings back memories.  If you are making this with children be very careful using the glue gun.  Even low temp glue guns can get very hot.  Always use caution when crafting with children.

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One Response to Easy to make Paper Roses. Beautiful and Inexpensive Gifts

  1. Barbara D'Ambrosio April 13, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Great idea. Thanks for the instructions

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