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9 Ideas for Zig Zag Fold Paper Rosettes

Updated on May 25, 2018
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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 in Early Summer
Paper Rosettes in Early Summer

Paper Rosettes for Decorations

Check out these easy step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make a zig zag fold paper rosette. The pattern has an eye catching pop, stands up and has a spin in the center. Most viewers like it instantly.

My first application for this pattern was for cards and after a few dozen greetings, I started thinking about new ideas and applied the pattern to bigger designs for hanging and party ideas. Nine ideas are included here.

Find some paper! The whole family will enjoy making these paper crafts.

Making a Rosette

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One rosette will need eight circles. More about the 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 and bring it up to the left to meet the crease along the left side. This will form a cone shape.Turn project over. Bring left tip up and align and meet both straight edges on the right.You will have a cone shape.Turn it over. This is your finished zig zag cone.You will need to fold all eight circles to complete the rosette.
One rosette will need eight circles. More about the circles in another section.
One rosette will need eight circles. More about the 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 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 and bring it up to the left to meet the crease along the left side. This will form a cone shape.
Turn project over. Bring left tip up and align and meet both straight edges on the right.
Turn project over. Bring left tip up and align and meet both straight edges on the right.
You will have a cone shape.
You will have a 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 circles to complete the rosette.
You will need to fold all eight circles to complete the rosette.

Idea #1 and Assembly of Rosette

To assemble glue the zig zag wedges on a circle of paper. Fold your circle in fours to find the center.

I show the assembly below with circles cut with fancy scissors.

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Trace around a plate or cut 8 circles with a cutting system. Trim edge of the circles with decorative scissors.Fold all eight circles into zig zag wedges.  Make a smaller contrasting circle for assembling the rosette. Fold smaller circle into fours to find the center. Glue the folded wedges onto the back.Back of the rosette.
Trace around a plate or cut 8 circles with a cutting system. Trim edge of the circles with decorative scissors.
Trace around a plate or cut 8 circles with a cutting system. Trim edge of the circles with decorative scissors.
Fold all eight circles into zig zag wedges.  Make a smaller contrasting circle for assembling the rosette.
Fold all eight circles into zig zag wedges. Make a smaller contrasting circle for assembling the rosette.
Fold smaller circle into fours to find the center. Glue the folded wedges onto the back.
Fold smaller circle into fours to find the center. Glue the folded wedges onto the back.
Back of the rosette.
Back of the rosette.

Finding Paper

If you want to make the bigger rosettes finding matched printed paper may be tricky. Here are a few tips.

  1. Use thicker sheets of scrapbook paper as half circles instead of folding a whole circle in half.
  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 about $2.00.
  3. I have found the big paper pads with 4 sheets each. They are few, but then only two pads are needed. Many times they are on sale for $5.00 each.
  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.

Idea #2 Party Table Candy Dish

A simple fold on the outer tip of the wedge creates a lovely dish for a party table.

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Fold the outer edge down as shown with pink dotted line.Work around in the same manner.Fill the party dish with MM's or wrapped candies.
Fold the outer edge down as shown with pink dotted line.
Fold the outer edge down as shown with pink dotted line.
Work around in the same manner.
Work around in the same manner.
Fill the party dish with MM's or wrapped candies.
Fill the party dish with MM's or wrapped candies.

Idea #3 Use Double Sided Cardstock

The discount stores such as Tuesday Morning carry packages of double sided cardstock for scrapbooking. Make only four circles and cut them in half. No need to fold in half. Fold the half circle into wedges.

The blue mobile below was made with half circles.

Use half circles of double-sided papers for rosettes
Use half circles of double-sided papers for rosettes

Paper Flower Rosette Mobile

 Mobile
Mobile

Different Sizes Photo Gallery

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

Idea #4 Elegant Vellum Rosette for Decorations

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Use a circle doily punch and cut vellum rosette into a heart shape for Valentine's Day.  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 circle doily punch and cut vellum rosette into a heart shape for Valentine's Day.
Use a circle doily punch and cut vellum rosette into a heart shape for Valentine's Day.
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.

Tips on Cutting Out Circles

Making the circles is the hardest part of this embellishment.

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.

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 with my tutorial or an origami ghost. Use ribbon or cord for the hanger and fish line to hang each element.

Idea #6 Learn the Kaleidoscope Effect

Visit the How to Make Paper Rosettes for Party Decor page for complete instructions on matching patterned papers. These tips allow you to fold the kaleidoscope rosettes.

Idea #7 Patio, Bedroom or Sofa Accent

Easy headboard with rustic wood branch and fishline.
Easy headboard with rustic wood branch and fishline.

Another treatment would be to use Medium Zots to affix the rosettes randomly over your bed or party candy table. They stay put and remove easily. Lend your rosette creations to friends and family and get many uses out of your materials and efforts.

Kid's Tree Craft
Kid's Tree Craft

Idea #8 Craft for Christmas

Christmas craft #8 is ideal as a children's craft for a party, or school project. Fold only two half circles. Flip one and glue the folded straight edges together.

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. Cut 8 inch circles of various mix and match papers of any print and/or double sided papers you have on hand. Then cut in half. The papers do not have to be Holiday themed to make pretty tree decorations. Guide the children through steps A, B and C of thumbnails below. For tiny tots have the trees folded and glued ahead of time.

Items Needed

  • glue
  • markers
  • twine
  • hole punch
  • embellishments
  • 8 inch circles cut in half
  • crafted tree stands - I made "pots" using fancy scissors and a punch or cut fancy triangles.

#8 Holiday Tree Craft for Kids

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Tree craftGather together embellishments, such as, stickers, pens, die cuts and punched Christmas motifs.  A. Fold two zig zag wedges exactly the same.B. Put glue on the back of folded straight edge and over lap the two folded edges.C. Make sure the points at the top are aligned and punch through some layers for the hanger. Add a tree stand to the bottom.Now the students can decorate the tree wilh whatever they wish.
Tree craft
Tree craft
Gather together embellishments, such as, stickers, pens, die cuts and punched Christmas motifs.
Gather together embellishments, such as, stickers, pens, die cuts and punched Christmas motifs.
A. Fold two zig zag wedges exactly the same.
A. Fold two zig zag wedges exactly the same.
B. Put glue on the back of folded straight edge and over lap the two folded edges.
B. Put glue on the back of folded straight edge and over lap the two folded edges.
C. Make sure the points at the top are aligned and punch through some layers for the hanger. Add a tree stand to the bottom.
C. Make sure the points at the top are aligned and punch through some layers for the hanger. Add a tree stand to the bottom.
Now the students can decorate the tree wilh whatever they wish.
Now the students can decorate the tree wilh whatever they wish.

#9 Holiday Gift Tag

One circle from a small scalloped circle punch. Use fancy scissors to cut the slant on both sides of the top of the tag. Make enough tags to give away in future years.
One circle from a small scalloped circle punch. Use fancy scissors to cut the slant on both sides of the top of the tag. Make enough tags to give away in future years.

Paper Rosette Ideas Poll

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© 2011 Sherry Venegas

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      reikimoonbeam 

      5 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      7 years ago

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

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