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Make A Paper Rosette Decoration

Updated on May 8, 2017
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

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.

Browse further down. The whole family will enjoy making these paper rosettes. Start cutting your paper circles and have a fun afternoon making decorations and more.

Finding Paper

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.

  1. The thicker sheets of scrapbook paper can start out as half circles.
  2. 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.
  3. I have found the big paper pads with 4 sheets each. They are few, but then only two are needed. You have to spend $20 dollars, when on sale, but the colors can be mixed and matched for a mobile or a hanging string of rosettes.
  4. 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.

Make A Paper Flower Rosette - Click each photo for instructions

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One rosette will need eight circles. More about the paper circles in another section.Fold the circle in half.Find the center of the straight edge of the half circle. I fold in half and pinch a small crease. Or use a pencil to mark the center.Fold the left side in to meet the center mark and crease.Take the lower tip of the new fold in the center and bring it up to the left to meet the crease along the left side. This will form a cone shape.Turn paper over. Bring left tip up and align and meet both straight edges on the right.You will have a bigger cone shape.Turn it over. This is your finished zig zag cone.You will need to fold all eight to complete the rosette.Back.
One rosette will need eight circles. More about the paper circles in another section.
One rosette will need eight circles. More about the paper circles in another section.
Fold the circle in half.
Fold the circle in half.
Find the center of the straight edge of the half circle. I fold in half and pinch a small crease. Or use a pencil to mark the center.
Find the center of the straight edge of the half circle. I fold in half and pinch a small crease. Or use a pencil to mark the center.
Fold the left side in to meet the center mark and crease.
Fold the left side in to meet the center mark and crease.
Take the lower tip of the new fold in the center and bring it up to the left to meet the crease along the left side. This will form a cone shape.
Take the lower tip of the new fold in the center and bring it up to the left to meet the crease along the left side. This will form a cone shape.
Turn paper over. Bring left tip up and align and meet both straight edges on the right.
Turn paper over. Bring left tip up and align and meet both straight edges on the right.
You will have a bigger cone shape.
You will have a bigger cone shape.
Turn it over. This is your finished zig zag cone.
Turn it over. This is your finished zig zag cone.
You will need to fold all eight to complete the rosette.
You will need to fold all eight to complete the rosette.
Back.
Back.

Assembly

Assembly is gluing 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 #1

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Trace around a plate using the side of a brush marker to produce wide color.Cut circle with pinking scissors or decorative paper scissors. Here I put a touch of extra color on the back edge.Glue your eight folded circles in the center of an additional circleLast piece.Back of paper decoration.
Trace around a plate using the side of a brush marker to produce wide color.
Trace around a plate using the side of a brush marker to produce wide color.
Cut circle with pinking scissors or decorative paper scissors. Here I put a touch of extra color on the back edge.
Cut circle with pinking scissors or decorative paper scissors. Here I put a touch of extra color on the back edge.
Glue your eight folded circles in the center of an additional circle
Glue your eight folded circles in the center of an additional circle
Last piece.
Last piece.
Back of paper decoration.
Back of paper decoration.
party table paper rosette
party table paper rosette

Party Table Paper Rosette

Idea #2

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.

This paper rosette could easily hold candies for your guests at a table setting.
This paper rosette could easily hold candies for your guests at a table setting.

Double-Sided Scrapbook Paper for Paper Circles

K&Company Jubilee Designer Paper Pad, 12-Inch- by-12-Inch
K&Company Jubilee Designer Paper Pad, 12-Inch- by-12-Inch

The double sided paper can be used for the easy half circle pattern. The over all designs can be cut out randomly and pop with color. The contrasting back side colors are eye catching. Usually packs like these have three of each pattern. Big and small half circles could be squeezed from a paper stack like this.

Even a backside of white can be used effectively like in the mobile below. All the rosettes below were made with the half paper circle.

 
use half circle for paper rostte
use half circle for paper rostte

Use Double Sided Cardstock Scrapbooking Paper

Paper Flower Idea #3


The discount stores such as Big Lots! and Ross 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.

Half circle paper rosette
Half circle paper rosette

Paper Flower Rosette Mobile

Paper Flower Rosette Mobile
Paper Flower Rosette Mobile

Different Sizes - Different Uses for the Paper Rosette - Click each photo

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Smallest Paper Flower for Bookmarks or Gift TagsTwo Sizes of Greeting CardsAccent in a Hundred Ways. This paper flower is ideal for cards because it will flatten down for the envelope.Same Paper Different Look. Paper rosette pops back up when removed from envelope.Large Paper Rosettes for Garden or Patio
Smallest Paper Flower for Bookmarks or Gift Tags
Smallest Paper Flower for Bookmarks or Gift Tags
Two Sizes of Greeting Cards
Two Sizes of Greeting Cards
Accent in a Hundred Ways. This paper flower is ideal for cards because it will flatten down for the envelope.
Accent in a Hundred Ways. This paper flower is ideal for cards because it will flatten down for the envelope.
Same Paper Different Look. Paper rosette pops back up when removed from envelope.
Same Paper Different Look. Paper rosette pops back up when removed from envelope.
Large Paper Rosettes for Garden or Patio
Large Paper Rosettes for Garden or Patio

An Elegent Paper Rosette for Christmas Decorations - Idea #4

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Use a medium weight vellum paper,  fold in half and punch one end with a desired design. Punch the other end with a smaller design of the same motif.Fold as above and glue on a circle.For the reverse side make smaller rosettes of coordinating paper. Here I used pale green printer stationary.
Use a medium weight vellum paper,  fold in half and punch one end with a desired design. Punch the other end with a smaller design of the same motif.
Use a medium weight vellum paper, fold in half and punch one end with a desired design. Punch the other end with a smaller design of the same motif.
Fold as above and glue on a circle.
Fold as above and glue on a circle.
For the reverse side make smaller rosettes of coordinating paper. Here I used pale green printer stationary.
For the reverse side make smaller rosettes of coordinating paper. Here I used pale green printer stationary.

I love these. They are crisp and oh so white.

Make paper flower
Make paper flower

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.

Regency Parchment Paper Liners for Round Cake Pans 8 inch diameter, 24 pack
Regency Parchment Paper Liners for Round Cake Pans 8 inch diameter, 24 pack

This circle method is more expensive. If purchased by a supply company, a savings would be seen. Parchment would make beautiful wedding shower or wedding rosettes.

 
Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Dies, Eyelet Circles
Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Dies, Eyelet Circles

For die cut machines. Ohhh..beautiful paper rosettes. There are so many variations to choose from. All on Amazon.com.

 
Base of Halloween mobile
Base of Halloween mobile

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 two examples in these photos.

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.

I have also used half of a wooden embroidery hoop. Use acrylic paint to match the wind floaters.

Halloween Mobile - See it on flickr

photo by paperfacets private collection
photo by paperfacets private collection

A Flickr photo set of 32 images can be viewed of this Halloween mobile. The breeze and the blurred images allowed for interesting pictures. Use the Flickr link and set the Slide show to fast for a breezy colorful effect. Make a mobile yourself and enjoy in the autumn.

This mobile is carefully packed in a box. If you would like to purchase it message me on the Squidoo contact button.

Halloween Mobile 32 Image Set by Paperfacets on Flickr

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

Easy Paper Rosette Headboard image:Sherry Venegas
Easy Paper Rosette Headboard image:Sherry Venegas

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.

More Styles of the Paper Rosette - If this one does not spark your fancy....

....try one of these other paper rosettes from the Internet. I included the accordion fold rosette, but I looked for other paper methods, as well.

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.

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Two half circles glued back to back at the folded side. Punch for a hanger and trim the tree.The two lower folded paper trees show the 3D effect.
Two half circles glued back to back at the folded side. Punch for a hanger and trim the tree.
Two half circles glued back to back at the folded side. Punch for a hanger and trim the tree. | Source
The two lower folded paper trees show the 3D effect.
The two lower folded paper trees show the 3D effect.

#9 Gift Tag Tree

One circle or half circle with a little trimming at the bottom. Use fancy scissors to cut the slants at the top of the tag and straight at the bottom.  I have enough tags to give away in future years.
One circle or half circle with a little trimming at the bottom. Use fancy scissors to cut the slants at the top of the tag and straight at the bottom. I have enough tags to give away in future years.

Paper Rosette Ideas

Have you tried one of these ideas? Which one?

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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

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      Not just wonderfully done lens, but great tutorial too. Detailed, easy to understand even for not so crafty people. Will definatelly give it a go with my boys, would be lovely decoration for their new bedroom. Thank you for sharing.

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      reikimoonbeam 4 years ago

      Wow!!! I'm gonna have to try these! Especially the wedding ones. They are beautiful! So amazing what you can do with paper!! Thanks so much for the detailed and easy to follow instructions!!!!

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      I love these and really need to make some. I have tons of double sided papers that would work wonderfully!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Thank you sooooo much for sharing! I went out and got the supplies and my daughter and I made beautiful paper rosettes! Neither one of us could believe our eyes, they turned out so beautiful! You stay blessed, because you surely have blessed us!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Thank you for the share. I never have been good at arts and crafts, but I guess that's because I haven't had any well written "show me how instructions" until I read your post. Thanks again

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      eganj1 6 years ago

      hello from a fellow Etsian, i must try this for my christmas gift wrapping