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How to Make Paper Roses

Updated on November 19, 2017

Paper crafts have been around for many decades and although the art of crafting with paper steadily declined in the 90's, the new scrap-booking craze resurrected this all time favorite and put life back into it.

This how to article focuses on how to make your very own paper roses out of construction paper, some glue and chenille stems.

This project is not recommended for younger children as some of the steps can be tricky for small hands, however it is perfectly suited to pre-teens with adult supervision.

P.S. There's a video at the bottom of a woman showing you how to make paper roses out of toilet paper. Just goes to show that crafts are as close as your bathroom!

Bouquet of Paper Roses
Bouquet of Paper Roses

The paper roses to your right are the finished product and would make a great teacher gift for valentines or any other special holiday.

Try it today!


  • Bristol Board (heavy cardstock)
  • Sissors
  • Pencil
  • coffee can

Making Your Template

In order to create paper roses, you will first need a template. A template is just an original copy of your design that can be used over and over to create multiples.

This template will save you tons of time and can be stored away for future reference.


Below you will see step by step instructions and pictures that will help you visualize the process of making paper roses.

Don't be intimidated by the complex design, once you see how the whole thing comes together in the end, you'll be creating many paper roses in no time flat.

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The first thing to do is grab your old coffee can, set it on your card-stock and draw around it to form a large circle.

Note: A coffee can works well for this project, however, you can use whatever you can find around the house, although preferably with about the same circumference size.

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Find another round object that is about an inch and a half smaller in diameter than your first circle. Line it up to the left edge of the first one and draw around it again. Now you will have one circle inside another.

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Again, find another round object about an inch and a half smaller than the second circle. Line this one against the right edge of the second circle and draw around it to form a total of three circles.

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This is where it might start to look confusing, but if you follow the diagram carefully, you should not have any problems. Starting where the first and second circle meet, draw half circles (2 inches wide) working your way counter-clockwise all around and stopping about 3 inches away from where you first began. These do not have to be perfect.

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Draw more half circles again, except this time, begin from where you started the first ones and continue on to the second circle. Again, look at the picture to see how it's done.

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Repeat step 5 until you get to the end. Stop at about an inch and a half away from where the second and last circle meet. Continue like the picture on the right and end with a small circle.

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Create a tail about 4 inches long and 11/2 inches wide. These measures are approximate. This will form the inner part of the rose, while the inside part of the design will form the outside petals.

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Your design is now finished. Next you will need to cut along the petals and the tail you've drawn.

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Now that you've cut the outside, you need to continue cutting along the petals inside until you reach the end. The small circle marked X is just a guide. It forms a small tail that you can easily slip around your finished rose.

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Next, you want to cut around the inside again just slightly so that you have a traceable pattern. You're done. Now you can use this template over and over to create multiple roses.

I know there are many steps to making this paper rose template, but I really wanted every detail explained so there's no confusion. I personally hate getting instructions on a project that leaves you wondering.

Once you've created your template you can move on to the next phase- Building your paper rose.

Making Paper Roses

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Making the Paper Rose

Now that you've created your template, how do you make paper roses? Just follow the next step. In order to save room on this page, I've created a slide-show on how to assemble your flower. Just follow the steps and pictures.


  • Colored paper of your choice
  • Chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Floral tape or green masking tape

Simply trace your pattern on the colored paper of your choice and cut it exactly the way you did for the template.

Next, slide the cut design between a ruler and your thumb to curl the paper slightly. You've probably done this technique before using scissors. You'll end up with a puffed up design like the picture shown in step 3.

This is the fun part! Glue a chenille stem to the beginning of the tail (I used a red one because that's all I had, oops!) Then roll it along the design. Glue the petals down every now and then, just remember this will determine how tight the rose will be.

Woman Folding A rose Out of Toilet Paper

Once you're done rolling up the whole flower, tuck the small tail around the stem and glue in place. Use florist tape or do like I did and wrap the stem in green masking tape. It's much cheaper and just as good.

Next, draw and cut some leaves, how many you do is up to you. I just drew a heart, glued it to chenille stem and wrapped it in masking tape (of course!). Then I put the two stems together. Voila! A paper rose.

Finally, if you feel really creative, put all the paper roses in a paper cone to finish off the look. P.S. I painted the roses a bright red to make them pop out. This is optional.

Happy Crafting!


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      sunny hunny 3 years ago

      Hmmmmmm, very nyc job

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      Amy leigh hickman 5 years ago

      I made lots and lots of this! Thank you


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      jody 5 years ago

      i found this very intresting :D thank you!

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      emily bank 5 years ago

      your roses is very nice and i like it and yes i try to make it

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      kk 5 years ago

      Oh so natural paper flowers. I have just made few last week for my greeting card and dey turned out lovely. I’m gonna try out this one too :)

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      moona 5 years ago

      nice :P

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      ANNA 5 years ago

      VERY GOOD.

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      Petrice 5 years ago

      I Tried It......Total Disaster,

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      niki sae mbak, ajeng kula cobi wonten ndalem. Suwun

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      Send Flowers Pakistan 6 years ago

      i like the blog and the information shared. keep it up...

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      Chris 6 years ago

      i luv this its like supper amazing girl friend im not gay im just a very gay person yayayay

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      rajee 6 years ago

      hey this was really wonderfull to see but will definitely try it.thanks well instructed.glod bless you

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      Nare Gevorgyan 6 years ago

      Hi! Awesome hub! Do you mind if i put a link to my rainbow rose hub?

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      pinappu 6 years ago from India

      This is awesome!

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      :)Cool:) 6 years ago

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      ranjana mittal 6 years ago

      its too cool.

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      dslrtips 6 years ago from Evergreen Manison

      very detail and comprehensive!

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      alica mora 6 years ago

      that was sooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome

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      Akku A Salam 6 years ago

      Nice Nice Nice. . .

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      raxit02 6 years ago from Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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      salma 6 years ago

      So cute paper roses,Its great idea for me to how to make the paper roses and decorates the things......

      Pakistan gifts

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      Emily Mate 6 years ago

      Hello my name is Emily Mate and i am 12 years old i tried doing this but mine looked like something had gone wrong!!! :( but then i tried again but on a different website and that was yours and it worked better :) Thank you for helping Me and i couldn't see your Video because my computer doesn't workk that good :( but i followed your instructions thank you so much FROME EMILY MATE* P.S Please Comment !

      only if u can

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      cgmcdfhjj 6 years ago

      very nice i will try to make one.

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      chantelg4 7 years ago from Northern Ontario

      I've never tried to make roses out of money, although that would make a pretty nifty gift. I might consider this for my niece's graduation and money...perfect way to start college, lol!

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      babs white 7 years ago

      do u have method for using dollar bills for making roses

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      Susan Starts Now 7 years ago from California

      Your tutorial was excellent and the pictures were helpful too. I have been looking for a different way to make paper roses and this is a unique idea I haven't seen before. I think these will be great for project. I plan to try to adapt this see if I can make some mini flowers for a dollhouse project too.

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      Christina 7 years ago

      I am going to be out of town with my mom for Mother's Day so I couldn't exactly order her flowers...I was looking for a pretty rose that did not require tissue paper and boy did I find it! This is so easy to do and looks GREAT. Thanks for sharing! Oh and I'm with LaurieK the photos definitely helped LOL.

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      LaurieK 7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN, USA

      This is a great tutorial with good step by step directions and photos -- I could not have made sense without the photos, thanks for including them!

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      paper crafts nepal 7 years ago

      simple tutorial for creating beautiful roses.Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Fiona See 7 years ago

      Thanks for you idea, i like the roses very much.

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      amylela 7 years ago from Malaysia

      I never knew about this before. This rose was beautiful and fun. Thanks for writing this.i will try it later. Rated up!

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      Josh 7 years ago

      This is really fantastic! One thing though, after finishing the template I think it would have been easier to cut out for me if I had done a mirror image of your photos.

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      ftfvyxbk 7 years ago

      lov roses

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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      hi.. I just added a rose tutorial similar to this one if u are interested in having a look at my hubapges! Love your roses!

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      shafiqahmed 7 years ago

      Very good explanation...!

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      isa 7 years ago

      these are really beautiful! hoping to make some for my friend; her name is rose and she loves flowers, but she's allergic to most of them, so these would be perfect. :)

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      mimind 7 years ago from THE UNITED STATES

      Great hub I was surfing through your others after I came across this one great job :)

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      Anji 7 years ago

      We used this tutorial to make a load of paper roses for my daughter's birthday party. They looked great! I wrote about it and linked back here:

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      ???mysterykid??? 7 years ago

      oh this is great.I love this cool idea.They look like real roses,but way cuter.

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      snighdha 7 years ago

      i will try to make roses

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      Jennifer 7 years ago

      In the process of making about 25 of these (maybe more). We are having a "painting the roses red" as part of an Un-Birthday end of summer celebration (taken from Disney's Alice in Wonderland). Thanks for the tips!!! :)

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      PassinItAlong 7 years ago

      nice hub, I love the idea of a paper rose; now i want to try making one

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      S.B.i. Design 7 years ago

      Great idea. Just used it for my mother's birthday present with my own twist on it.

      Thanks for the inspiration.

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      laxmi 7 years ago

      It's really very nice

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      chunnu 7 years ago

      exallent. I creat this its so nice.

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      puppy say 7 years ago

      I know they are so cool

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      Alissa 7 years ago from Rocky Hill, CT

      As a paper craft-a-holic I found this hub to be extremely helpful. I will try this project :)

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Great tips if you like to make paper roses....I have a link to your hub from my new cross stitch hub - thanks.

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      celtic thunder 8 years ago

      wow that's a little crazy

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      zeeshah 8 years ago

      very nice

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      BRiAnNA 8 years ago

      nice papper folding ,y mom use to do the but i was the pretty and most amazzing thing ive ever seen so thnkz 4 the share!

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      Ananya 8 years ago

      Wow those r really very pretty:)

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wow! I absolutely love these flowers. Thanks for the step by step instructions. I'll certainly bookmark this and try it.

      Great hub!

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      scaffolding tower 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      This would make a for good project at home, something to keep the kids busy. Thanks for this.

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      sarah 8 years ago

      urs looked well better than mine when i made it mine looked rubbish how u make urs so good n dont say practise coz it never works

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      livvy 8 years ago

      Thank you so much it was really easy to do and found it great fun to do! Your a good teacher, thankyou! x

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      Quilling 8 years ago from Cary, NC USA

      These paper roses look really neat...have never seen them made that way before! Can't wait to give it a try!

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      nikki1 8 years ago

      WOw, great hub. Love your paper rosez.

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      ashley 8 years ago

      that is asome and cool how to make stuff and how to make a rose

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      Sexy jonty 8 years ago from India

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      sheryld30 8 years ago from California

      Very cool! :)

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      pinkhawk 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      wow this is really cool..i'll try this! thank you for sharing ma'am.. :) :) :)

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      sernicula, romicar 8 years ago

      nice art work... great

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      sernicula, romicar 8 years ago

      nice art work... great

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      ella 8 years ago

      i'm trying to do this...........................................


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      TurnipTornado 8 years ago from Michigan

      I'm totally making these for valentine's day!

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      gilchristi 8 years ago

      wow i am looking for this design i hope they will share more so others can learn many things too!!i am only nine and i do not have money!!(^.^)thanks!!!she she!!! arigato!!!!

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      mikee 8 years ago

      this paper roses are kind of cute

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      crystal 8 years ago

      i think that the paper roses are like the best thing guys dont need to worry about buying expensive roses to their girlfriends.they can just make them out of toilet paper.

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      hotbabefatchicks 8 years ago

      I hope i could follow that one nicely so that i could teach to my pupils.

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      chen chen 8 years ago

      learn more he he he

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      Nadine 8 years ago

      Yay...finally found something for my moms b-day. I am only 12 and have no money----so ThankYOU!!!


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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is so cool. Thank you for sharing.

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      Greta Lieske 8 years ago

      I envy people who can do origami/paper crafts...I can't seem to. I can only turn dollar bills into t-shirts for

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      very nice hub. You make it in cleraly step with picture. thanks for share with us

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      danielia 8 years ago

      it is really nice i even still have it . it lookes really nice in my room

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      dsofjnwej 9 years ago

      dis is so coolll

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      Anamika S 9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wonderful! I learned crafts after my Graduation when i joined the homescience classes. But i have not made anything for over 10 years now. I am going to make some this weekend.

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      tdarby 9 years ago

      That is fantastic. I have four daughters who I am going to teach this cool craft. Thanks for the great idea and the simple steps to actually accomplish it. Nice Hub.

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      sujita 9 years ago

      i can do that

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      sciencewithme 9 years ago

      This is a very creative idea. My kids will love them as well.

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      Ashley Joy 9 years ago

      These are beautiful! I think I will try these with the kids this week to entertain them on spring break.

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      orionsky60403 9 years ago

      THis is totally not what I was expecting. Wow.

      I'm more a fan of origami. Anything and everything out of a square piece of paper.

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      kaimaira 9 years ago

      I Like this blog

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      solacemoon 9 years ago from Illinois

      Nice craft idea !

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      Kitti 9 years ago

      wow! this is the perfect project i was looking for. i was not sure how to make them and i saw this cute craft. thanks!

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver

      Remarkable technique. I love making paper floers, although i usually make them small enough to use in scrapbooks or greeting cards. Yours are gorgeous, though

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      Teeny Tots 9 years ago from USA

      Very Good hub, thanks for the way to make very own paper roses.

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      AshtonDrakeDolls 9 years ago

      Great to see someone sharing knowledge that can be such a great way to spend quality time with children or use as decorations for that special dinner - but best of all to share with friends and family and have a great time doing something instead of just watching TV. Great hub!!

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      CasaDeMataOrtiz 9 years ago from Fruitland, Idaho

      Super hub, thanks for the instructions. The video was great. Bill

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      CheryleJ 9 years ago from NEW JERSEY

      Very interesting. I enjoyed this hub. Thank you.

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      magnoliazz 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Awesome, I wonder if this will work with cloth?

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      Dusty Spirit 9 years ago

      This is wonderful! Good job! Thanks

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      natwaterman 9 years ago

      Wow, how cool is that, personally I love to paint roses and now I think my new obessesion will be to "Make Paper Roses" I think this could also be a great idea for the older kids over the school holidays Thanks Nat!

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      ddell 9 years ago

      cool information

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      Andrew 9 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Nice skill to have, there very intresting and they really look good. Just like I thaught, why bring someone real flowers that will die when you can make paper ones that will have a much longer lifespan?

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      buy absinthe 9 years ago

      great info thank you