DIY Paper Roses Christmas Garland – Repost


Repost – Update

Last year I made this for my tree and kept the roses, but I also kept all of my Christmas cards.  I tore the fronts off and tried making a few of the paper roses out of left over Christmas cards and I fell in love.  Fast forward to today.  We put our tree up the Friday after Thanksgiving and I’m to start replacing some of the roses with the ones from the Christmas cards.  They’re a lot sturdier.  BUT as I pull off an old one and replace I’m going to use the old rose in place of a bow on my packages.  Hopefully,  I’ll get a few minutes and can post photos in the coming weeks.



Christmas garland had my attention this year, and then it became an obsession.  I searched Etsy and Pinterest and while I found many I liked they were either too expensive or they were way outta my league for DIY.  And then I found it, beautiful paper roses that people were making to decorate packages and I KNEW I had to have a Paper Rose Garland.


While searching paper roses online I found you can make them a 100 different ways and with a 100 different papers.  The first one I tried was terrible.  The second not so bad, but not good and then I searched shortcuts and it clicked.  So here are a few pieces of advice if you want to try them and then the directions.



Your circle doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact it looks a little better if it isn’t.

When cutting the spiral it too doesn’t have to be perfect but needs to start narrow and get wider as you cut in.  When you get to the inner circle leave about a 1 inch circle.

YES!  You have to use a glue gun, but use a low temp one.


Scrapbooking Paper, Upcycled Book Pages, or even Color Paper.  The Amount you’ll need depends on the number of roses you want to make and the size.  I used 8×8 scrapbooking paper and cut into 4 equal squares each.  I made 84 total.

Scrap Felt Pieces Cut into small 1/2″ by 1/2″ squares or circles.

Jute or similar type of rope someone told me the height of the tree times 3 was the perfect length and it worked well for me.

Low Temp Glue Gun and many glue sticks



Cut your squares into circles

Spiral cut the inside of the circle until you get to the middle cutting wider as you go.  Leave about 1″ at the end.

On the outer edge start rolling the paper in following the spiral cut as a guide line.  When you get to the end pinch the remaining 1 inch around the bottom and let it go.  It will be a curled piece of paper.

It was easiest for me to make all of the paper roses and then move to the next step.


After you have made the roses, heat your glue gun and squeeze about the size of dime onto the 1 inch bottom and push the bottom of the rose into the glue.  This might take a couple of tries to get it right but it sounds more difficult then it actually is.  I also started playing with them a little bit and unfurling them a little more in spots and closer together in others so each is unique.

Making the garland.  With your jute as long as you need tie a looped end to each side and dab a bit of the hot glue so it stays put.  This will help when it comes time to put it on the tree.


Lay your rope out in a line and then line up your paper roses as you wish them to appear.  You can arrange by size or color.


To attach the roses dab a dime size amount of hot glue on the back of the rose.  Attach to the rope and put a felt square on the back side to make it more secure.

When attaching the garland put a looped end where you want to start and string around the tree.  When you get to the end attach the other looped end to the tree.  Lastly, you may have to turn the roses a bit but once they’re settled it’s good to go!

29 comments for “DIY Paper Roses Christmas Garland – Repost

  1. Linda Manns Linneman
    December 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    These are so pretty. I love this idea. I will be giving this a try. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. janie vezina
    December 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    these are pretty enough to use at a wedding or a dinner around tables, centerpieces etc.

  3. Dotty J Boucher
    December 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    This is such a pretty idea, I love how easy the rose was to make, I am even thinking of adding some glitter on the edges.

  4. denise low
    December 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing. This is really cute.

  5. Maryann D.
    December 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Such a lovely Christmas Tree Photo! I never thought to make my own garland. It is a super idea and pretty too.

  6. December 13, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I love these!! These would be great for any time of the year. They are so pretty, the colors you chose are fantastic.

  7. Melissa Storms
    December 14, 2016 at 6:23 am

    This is so pretty, I would love it for over the window by my tree. It would look especially pretty on a victorian tree.

  8. December 14, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I like your paper garland so much better than mine. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Valerie Lerma
    December 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    how beautiful i had no idea u can make these

  10. Lynne B
    December 21, 2016 at 2:42 am

    This is so creative! I’ve never tried to make paper roses, never mind a rose garland! Thank you!

  11. melissa hilton
    January 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    these are too cute! i will have to save this for this next holiday season!

  12. Nancy Burgess
    January 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    These are beautiful I’d love to try making them.

  13. January 31, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I used these as package bows too this year and they worked well. I’m working on recycling Christmas cards into these too.

  14. Ann
    February 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    GORGEOUS! What a fantastic and lovely idea. One thing that I love about this garland is that it could be used year-round, for all sorts of occasions. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Amber Ludwig
    March 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Omgosh this is SO pretty!! I just love it!! We will have to do this next year!!

  16. Linda Manns Linneman
    August 19, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I love this idea. I will be attempting to do this for our tree this Christmas. Thank you again for sharing. God Bless

  17. michelle elizondo
    November 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I love xmas and all the do it yourself !

  18. Steven Byers
    November 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Very easy to do, yet so decorative. Love the idea! (:

  19. Sue E
    November 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I tried to pin one of the pins and it wouldn’t let me pin it. So I tried to pin the other pins and I got an error message saying that this site does not allow pins to be saved. I wanted to save this so I can show my daughter who loves to do crafts. I think she would appreciate making these pretty roses.
    Thank you for sharing!!

  20. Samantha
    November 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    This looks really nice ans something I would be able to do myself with my limited artistic abilities!

  21. Melissa Storms
    November 10, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    That is really pretty, we usually do popcorn and cranberries for our tree. I think I would like this over my bedroom window, I don’t do curtains, I have a wooden blind and dress it up with a floral garland.

  22. Nicole Bradley
    November 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    neat craft ! Love saving that $$ too!!!

  23. rochelle haynes
    November 11, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Really looking good loving the tree

  24. Christina A.
    November 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I love this idea…so simple but also elegant with nice paper patterns!

  25. desiree
    November 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    i have over 400 still and thent the mag all the time i have to get some done

  26. Tracy DeLoach
    November 13, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Oh’ my goodness those turned out so pretty. You make it sound so simple, yet I can still picture myself making a mess of it. haha. Thanks for sharing, I just might try to make my own. And reusing them for bows is a great idea.

  27. November 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve kept my old Christmas cards for years now and usually cut them up to make gift tags. Now I have something else to do with them!

  28. denise low
    December 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing. This is really a cute idea. This would be fun to do with my grandkids.

  29. Phyllis Huebbe
    February 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    These are so pretty, it would also look nice as a spring arrangement.

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