How to Make Paper Roses

How to make paper roses | paper flowers tutorial
Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can learn how to make paper roses in a matter of minutes! Continue Reading

How to Make a Beautiful Folded Rose

No, it’s not origami. It’s quilling, and our instructor Ann Martin of All Things Paper tells us it’s not that difficult either. Here’s what she suggests we use to make them:

  • quilling paper, 3/8″ or 1/4″ widths are suggested
  • a quilling tool, slotted or needle type
  • scissors
  • glue, used for paper
  • plastic lid, used for a palette
  • paper piercing tool or toothpick to apply glue

For the entire tutorial, visit Ann’s blog, and while you’re there, you’ll want to check out her other beautiful paper creations. Continue Reading

How to turn roses petals into rose beads.

I’d have to file this in the ‘who knew?’ department. Seriously, I can make beads out of rose petals???

AND, to top it off, it’s not even that difficult to do. To make them, you’ll need the following:

  • Several quarts of rose petals. (Those just beginning to wilt work fine.)
  • A food processor or grinder
  • Plastic wrap
  • A cast iron skillet
  • Thin nails

To see the complete tutorial, visit

DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

  • large shallow bowl
  • river rocks
  • floating candles
  • smaller clear vase for the middle
  • orange roses or tulips

What you do:

  1. Place flower vase in the center of your bowl
  2. Add rocks to the bottom of the bowl
  3. Add water to cover the rocks
  4. Add water and arrange flowers in the center vase
  5. Spread floating candles around the center vase
  6. Place your arrangement in the center of your table and light the candles

created on: 11/17/08

created on: 11/17/08

created on: 11/17/08

Three little vases were too many for the candles to float so I went for the single vase with more tulips. Continue Reading

Make quick and easy paper roses!

How to fold a paper rose in minutes
Hey! We’ve updated this DIY. Check out the new version here!


This paper flower by Dozi Design is super fast and easy to make. And, best of all, it’s beautiful!

Supplies needed:

  • a square of 4″ x 4″ paper
  • a pencil
  • a scissors

Steps taken:

  • draw a spiral on the sheet of paper
  • cut out the spiral
  • starting on the OUTSIDE, roll up the spiral and keep rolling until there’s no paper left

And you’re done! Continue Reading