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!