Sunday, February 14, 2010

How To Make Paper Roses

Scroll to the bottom for video of the roses!

I woke up to these this morning. My husband decided that paper roses were the way to go this year. I love them! He learned how to make them from a student last week and decided to make them for me. I begged and begged for him to let me do a tutorial and he finally relented (probably just because it is Valentine's Day.)

OK, to start off, you want the non-pretty side facing up. Fold a triangle into the paper. A strip of paper will be left at the top.

Cut the strip off. (This makes the paper square)

Take one end of the triangle over to the opposite end, you are just making a smaller triangle.

Then you unfold it back to a square. Then you flip it over so the pretty side is now out, then you pinch it in the center of the paper, making kind of a mountain until you can make it back into a triangle.

Then take bottom right corner and fold it to the top of the triangle, and then do the same with the other side. You will have a diamond on one side and still a full triangle on the other.

Then flip it over and do the same thing to the other side until you end up with a complete diamond.

Take the right flap and fold it across the center until it meets up with the left. Flip it over and do the same thing on the other side. Rotate 180 degrees.

Fold the right side until it meets the center. Do the same with the left. Flip it over and repeat.

Take the two folded corners and tuck them into each other on both sides.

While holding sides like shown below...

gently blow into the hole at the bottom.

Now peel down the four petals.

Voila! A finished rose. Take the remnant that was left from making the rose square and fold it in half long ways. Cut it down the center. Roll over a pipe cleaner and put up the hole at the bottom.

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