Mementoes In Time

Making paper roses and rosettes

These are our blog posts about making paper flowers and rosettes together on one page. You can also find them on the blog.

How to make paper roses



I use paper flowers quite a bit on my cards but they can be expensive and sometimes you can't find the exact colours you were looking for. So, I thought I would do a post on one way to make paper roses, which is easy and quick to do.



First of all, you just need a scallop circle. I have used my scallop punch but if you don't have one, you can use the smallest scallop circle template, available from the 'Free Stuff' pages.


Tip: Thinner paper is best, as this will make it easier to roll.



Next, take a pair of scallop scissors and cut around in a spiral from the outside into the centre. You don't have to use scallop scissors, you will still get a rose but if you have them, they help to define the petals.



Once you have a spiral, you can dust around the edges, this will give definition to the rose.




Now you can start to roll up the paper from the inside of the spiral to the outside.



Let the flower sit and relax, so that it opens out a bit and then glue the flap, to secure it.




To make the leaves, take a five point flower punch, or you can use the small flower from the Layering Template Number 2 and cut from dark green. Then fold up the petals into the centre and glue the rose inside.




Make two or three roses the same way and you can arrange them on your cards and tags. On this tag, I have added a few drops of glitter glue on the petals to look like dew, although I have probably over done it a bit, less is always more!




Paper Roses - Part 2

How to make paper rosettes for use on cards



As a child, I vaguely remember making lots of different things with paper, like paperchains and paper dolls. I came across these paper rosettes recently and I am sure I remember making something similar years ago. Seeing them again, I was inspired to make some to use on some gift tags, so if you haven't discovered the delights of paper rosettes, here is a quick tutoria!


Start off with a strip of scrapbook paper, which will be 12 inches and I have cut it 4cm (1.5 inches) wide so that it is clear to see but you could cut it at 3.5cm or whatever width you want.

Then punch along the strip with a border punch. Most of the ones I have seen, use a scallop but I thought this daisy punch would look nice too. The key point was that it is a scallop edge with a pattern embedded into ti, so it will work just as well. You'll see why below...

Now you just concertina along the strip, folding backwards and forwards right the way to the end. The repeating scallop provides a clear mark of where you need to fold.

The height of the rosette will be determined by how wide apart the scallops are, so if you want to use your rosette on a card, go for a scallop which is smaller or closer together. The wider apart the scallops, the taller the final rosette.

Now pull the concertina around and fix the two ends together with tape or a good strong glue. You could also staple it if you can do it without the staple showing.

Now comes the tricky bit. You need to push down on the middle to flatten out your rosettle. The paper turns in on itself and this bit really can be a bit fiddly, as the rosette naturally wants to return to how it was above. I then fixed mine down with a generous blob of craft glue and held it until firm.

Here is one I did earlier!

You can then add a centre piece ot your rosettle. I have gone with a scallop punched circle and a stick on gem but you could add a button or anything else you like.



The top one in the photo below, has a scallop circle with a stamped circle and some liquid pearls around the outside. The rosette has been mounted onto a large scallop and can be used as a lovely gift tag or present topper.


Using an ordinary Fiskars border punch with a Greek style pattern (Greek Key)...



.....results in a really pretty rosette which can be used on a card. I've just glued a brad in the centre to hide the hole.



You can make these rosettes slightly differently, to form a flower that will lie flat against your card and this gives a different look, so I'll update this post with a demo of that too, when I have got around to making one!

I can see that I might end up making hundreds of these, as they are quite addictive. You can get die cutters to cut the scallop strips for you but is cheaper and more fun to make your own don't you think?



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