Tissue Paper Roses

Roses2This past Easter, I made tissue paper roses for the youth group at our church. I recruited my husband’s help – and he did really well! I remember making tissue paper carnations in high school, but I wanted to make roses this time. Therefore, the center of the rose needed to look “twisted” like the center of a rose. Since it was Easter, I tied ribbon and a tag on my roses that said, “Jesus ROSE from the grave!” However, for other occasions, simply leave the tag off. This project would be great for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. You could even make a bouquet of various colors. I have also seen where these tissue paper roses, minus the stem, can be hung on string and used for wedding decor. If the roses were made larger, they could even be used in the place of pew bows. The uses for tissue paper roses are endless – well, maybe not endless, but there is a lot that can be done with them! Please read below for step-by-step instructions.

Supplies Needed:
~Tissue Paper (In the color of your choice – size 20″ x 20″)
~Green Duct Tape
~Goo-Gone (for wiping down scissor blades after project)
~Scotch Tape
~Hole Puncher (standard size)
~Glue Dots (optional)

Step One: Unfold tissue paper and lay flat on table. Cut approximately 4″ from the top of tissue paper and cut all the way across. Also cut 4″ from the side of tissue paper and cut all the way off. Use these two 4″ strips and cut into rectangular squares. These rectangular squares should measure approximately 4″W x 5″H.

Step 1

Step Two:  With the large sheet of tissue paper remaining after the cuts, you will begin to form the center of your rose. Begin by folding this piece of tissue paper in half from the bottom up (horizontally). Then you will fold a triangular shape as shown in the photo. Grab where the triangular fold and horizontal fold meet and begin to twist the entire sheet of tissue paper. (See: http://youtu.be/mjbX1LjDxp4)

Step 2

Step 2

Step Three: After you have formed the center of your rose, adhere this “bud” to skewer using double-sided tape. Cut off excess tissue paper at the bottom if needed and secure any loose tissue paper to skewer with Scotch tape.

Step 3

Step 3

Step Four: Stack all of your rectangular (4″x5″) cut-outs and use scissors to even edges if there are some larger than the others. Then, cut this stack in half down the middle and round both edges. You should now have a stack of oblong, oval-ish shaped papers. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole in the center of this stack.

Step 4

Step 4

Step Five: Feed this oblong stack of papers onto your skewer and butt up right underneath your twisted rose bud. This may require some effort to get the hole you just punched over the Scotch tape. Layer by layer, pull up both sides to form your rose petals. Rotate tissue paper petals on skewer as you bring each layer up for a more natural-looking rose. When done, you can put the rose in the palm of your hand and squeeze the petals for a more crinkled look.

Step 5

Step 5

Step Six: Now that the rose is done, let’s work on the stem. Wrap your green duct tape around the skewer. By wrapping it thicker at the base of the rose, this will help keep your petals up. Make duct tape leaves by folding triangles out of duct tape and cutting into leaf shapes. Adhere with more duct tape or else Glue Dots. And PRESTO – you have a beautiful rose!!

Step 6

Step 6


Rose~You can find tissue paper for less money at a dollar shop. I found mine at The Dollar Tree.

~When pulling petals up, hold rose upside down. Gravity will help make the rose look better and keep your other papers from falling down while you’re working.

~If you want long-stemmed roses, do not cut skewers in half… Duh! Sorry, that seemed to be a given, but I always like to point out the obvious – haha!!

~Make several roses in various colors of tissue paper to make a bouquet!

~Once you get rolling, it takes approximately 30-45 minutes per rose. If you get real fast, you might can reduce your time to 20 minutes per rose.


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