I love to decorate for holidays. However, I’m a total procrastinator. I don’t get decorations up until right before the holiday, and then they stick around far too long. How long is ‘too long’? Well, as I’m preparing for Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded that I still have a Halloween door mat on my porch. That’s ‘too long’… or perhaps I’m just really early. Either way, I need decorations that can span a whole season and not just a particular day. That’s why I’m sharing with you this paper flower tutorial that is not only easy to customize, but also is perfect for Valentines day… into spring… into summer if you really want.
Before I continue, let me say that this is the perfect project while Netflix binging. It’s not difficult, but it does take some time. I am someone who loves to keep my hands busy even when I’m watching TV. This is the perfect project for that.
-Wreath or frame**
-Hot glue gun
**I’m using a flat floral wreath (under $2) but you can use something that’s rounded, or look around your house for a unused frame.
-Circle cutter or punch
-Moss or other ‘filler’
-Small skewer or lollipop stick
STEP 1: Cut A LOT of circles.
- The Larger you make your circles, the larger your flowers will be (meaning, you won’t have to make as many)
- Try cutting different sizes and using different colors/textures of paper to give your flowers more variety
- Don’t worry about your circles being perfect. Variation will make them look more natural.
STEP 2: Cut your circles into a spiral
- There is no need to actually draw a spiral, this is simply to show you the shape of the cut
- Experiment with narrow and wide cuts as well as smooth and curvy cuts to give your flowers more variety
STEP 3: Roll your flowers
- Use a small skewer or lollipop stick to begin wrapping the flower
- Start from the OUTSIDE and roll the paper tightly
- The inner circle will naturally wrap to the bottom of the flower to provide a base to secure it with a dot of glue
STEP 4: Start gluing to your wreath
- I decided to add some moss as a filler for two reasons – it provided texture and it allowed me to make fewer flowers
- If you are using a flat base like me, make sure to overlap the edges
- Start with larger flowers (you can use smaller ones as ‘fillers’ towards the end).
- Instead of starting in one spot and working all the way around, I find it looks more organic to move around the base then go in later to fill them in.
STEP 5: Keep gluing!
STEP 6: Add any final touches
- Add a ribbon for hanging
STEP 7: Relax!
Because you’re done decorating until summer (or fall…)
Love the look but not the time? Try using a decorative frame and just a few flowers to create this look in only a fraction of the time.
Now that you know how to make this simple rolled rose, try experimenting with it. You can apply the same technique to fabric (like felt) to create beautiful flowers for other decorations or hair accessories.