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Kaleidoscope Paper Rosette How To

Updated on October 1, 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 Rosette How To
Paper Rosette How To

This is a step by step How To for a little seen paper rosette. This is not the accordion look shown everywhere. It's a little different.

This online how to is a companion to the Craft Kit you bought from me.

The instructions guide you through the process of making the kaleidoscope effect with printed papers. If you are using small print or solid color circles, skip the first two steps and simply fold all the circles in half and go directly to Step Three.

For practice start with half folds on step 3, as well.

For decorating ideas and more discussion about this pattern see Make A Paper Flower Rosette showcase page.

Get Started

Time required: 20 minutes

Difficulty: easy


  • White glue


1. Straighten the pattern of all eight circles so they lay identical. Use the template to gage which colors are going to pop when folded.

2. I want the spiral in the center. The half fold will give me that, as shown, at the bottom of the photo.

The colored wedge mark "1" is the center. The area marked "4" is the edge. The green leaves will show.

3. Now I can line up the first half fold with each circle and fold them identical. Make sure the edges meet.

4. One way to mark the half folds.

5. All 8 circles are folded in half.

6. Make a soft crease in the middle by folding in half along the straight edge.

7. Fold the bottom tip up to the soft crease.

8. Complete all units identically.

9. Fold tip down so blue Os meetup. See at the top of the photo how the spiral pops.

10. Turn all units over and match Os again. You should have a wedge with the folds facing down.

11. Turn the wedges over to see the folds facing you.

12. Use a matching circle folded into fours to glue the wedges down.

13. The completed kaleidoscope rosette.

14. The back. Even striped papers make a pretty pattern, as shown at the top of the page.

Leave any questions and I will answer them the next morning when I visit my email. Thank you for purchasing this rosette kit. I hope you have many hours of fun with paper folding.

Lots of ideas here.

Look for sale papers at Tuesday Morning, Ross or use coupons at Michael's and Joann's. Once a few are made and hung up, satisfaction rises to new heights. Invite someone for a pool party or iced tea.

© 2014 Sherry Venegas

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      Sherry Venegas 22 months ago from La Verne, CA

      What a good idea.

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      RTalloni 22 months ago from the short journey

      Such a neat project. They would look pretty attached to a string of lights for a party.

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      It is very easy to teach to tweens.

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      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      A very pretty craft. They would make nice party decorations.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      This is an easy to follow tutorial and I love how beautiful they look.