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Paper Rosettes and Flowers for Decorations
Below is easy step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make a paper rosette. This paper decoration you will need 8 circles for each rosette.
My first application for this pattern was for cards and after a few dozen cards, I started thinking about new ideas and applied the pattern to bigger designs for hanging and party ideas. The ideas are included here.
This pattern has an eye catching pop, stands up and has a spin in the center. Most viewers like it instantly. I started making the big paper flower rosette decorations after finding round notepaper at the discount store.
The whole family will enjoy making these paper rosettes. Start cutting your paper circles and have a fun afternoon making decorations and more.
Make A Paper Flower Rosette - Click each photo for instructionsClick thumbnail to view full-size
To assemble glue your wedges on a circle of paper. You can fold your circle in fours to find the center.
I show the assembly below with circles cut with fancy scissors.
Cut Circles with Pinking Shears - Paper Rosette Idea #1Click thumbnail to view full-size
If you want to make the bigger rosettes finding matched printed paper may be tricky. Here are a few tips. Bargains on decorative papers are hard to find.
- Use thicker sheets of scrapbook paper as half circles instead of folding a whole circle in half.
- First and foremost go to Michaels or Joanns when scrap paper is on sale 6 or 8 sheets for a dollar. Four six inch circles can be cut out of one sheet. If you buy 8 sheets then you get four big rosettes for less than $2.00.
- I have found the big paper pads with 4 sheets each. They are few, but then only two are needed.
- Use plain wrapping paper and decorate with ink and a bold rubber stamp or acrylic paint and sponge stamp you make yourself. Place the stamp in the same area of each circle to get the kaleidoscope effect.
Party Table Candy Dish
A simple fold on the outer tip of the folded tile creates a lovely paper dish for a party table.
This paper rosette could easily hold candies for your guests at a table setting.
Use Double Sided Cardstock Scrapbooking Paper
Paper Flower Idea #3
The discount stores such as Tuesday Morning carry packages of the double sided cardstock for scrapbooking. Make only four paper circles and cut them in half. No need to fold in half. Fold the half circle as in the first instructions above.
The blue mobile below was made with the half circles.
Paper Flower Rosette Mobile
Different Sizes - Different Uses Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
An Elegent Paper Rosette for Christmas Decorations - Idea #4Click thumbnail to view full-size
Tips on Cutting Out Circles
Making the circles is the hardest part of this paper rosette.
If you want to make small flowers of paper, use a purchased round punch from the craft store. Take a 40% store coupon. A circle of 1 7/8 inches will produce a 2 3/4 inch rosette. This size is good for greeting cards.
For party decorations and home décor, a circle 5 inches and larger works well. A bowl or plate is good to trace the circles and hand cut. Use decorative scissors to give them a lacy edge. Edge the circles with pinking shears and a paint brush tip marker, making a carnation effect.
Party decoration at right is paper from the 99cent Store.
Paper Rosette Idea #5 for Halloween
For a Halloween mobile you will need the lighter weight scrapbook paper in colors and print of a Halloween theme.
Purchase a decorative fruit bowl at a discount store for less than $5.00. I have also used half of a wooden embroidery hoop. Make various sizes of rosettes, and an origami bat and origami ghost. Use ribbon or cord for the hanger and fish line to hang each element.
More Hints on Matching Circle Patterns for Kaleidoscope Effect
Visit the Paper Rosettes page for design tip #6.
I give more tips on how to match the printed pattern on your circles. These tips allow you to fold the kaleidoscope rosettes.
Idea #7 For Patio, Bedroom or Sofa Accent
Another treatment would be to use Medium Zots to affix the rosettes randomly over your bed or table. I've done it. They stay put and remove easily.
Two Craft Ideas for Christmas
I developed this Christmas craft (#8) for the Homestead Museum in City of Industry. Fold only two half circles one on top of the other. Flip one to match the folded edges of both with wrong sides together and glue. I will have a full tutorial soon.
You will have a 3 dimensional tree with folds on both sides to trim with assorted stickers, punches and pens. Punch a hole at the top for a hanger.
#9 Gift Tag Tree
Paper Rosette Ideas
Have you tried one of these ideas? Which one?
Update Summary for This Page
Since 2002 I have made paper rosettes and medallions for cards and much more. I mainly fold in the tea bag folding style or flat flat origami. I am especially drawn to folded paper that can be used for something; the greeting card, bookmark, or the gift tag.
Come back for added tips and showcase photos of my latest ideas for this paper rosette fold. This circle unit folds down flat and can be used for scrap booking without your album pages being too bulky. It slips into envelopes easily for mailing.
07/09/11.... I added Idea #2 a party table candy basket.
09/17/11.....Add Idea #5 Halloween paper rosette mobile.
04/27/13.....Idea #7 is a headboard for sofa or bed.
01/24/15.....Add finding paper ideas.
12/28/15.....Included Christmas Ideas #8 and #9.
© 2011 Sherry Venegas