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Crepe Paper Rose Bouquet

Crepe Paper Rose Bouquet

“Creating a handmade bouquet is so much more personal than buying one and it also lasts forever. You can choose your own colour schemes too, so they are a great asset for your own home. Even better, they are super simple to make, and don’t take a great deal of time.” - Carla Bagshaw

You will need:

  • Heavy weight Crepe Paper in your choice of colour (equivalent 160gsm)
  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape
  • Kraft paper
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue/Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Time to Make: 30 minutes per rose

Skill Level: Beginner


  1. Cut a 2 inch strip of crepe paper with the grain going in a vertical direction. Cut the strip in half. Take the first of these pieces and twist it in the centre and then fold it back on itself. Open up the two halves and stretch the crepe paper gently so you form a ‘double-cup’. Repeat with the second piece of cut paper.
  2. Trinket Box Take a piece of floral wire (approximately 30 cm’s) and wrap it in floral tape. Remember to stretch the tape as you go as this activates the wax and makes it sticky. I covered my wire twice to make the stem thicker.
  3. Trinket Box Using a low setting, if possible, on your glue gun, stick the floral wire into the first of the ‘double cups), and then glue the second cup around, creating the inside of the rose.
  4. Cut another two inch strip of crepe paper and then cut it into three pieces. Place them on top of each other to create a stack. Fold them vertically and cut a semi circle. Open up the semi circles to reveal the petal shapes.
  5. Heavy duty crepe paper is very stretchy. With the grain of the paper vertically on your petal shape you can begin to stretch out the middle of the petals (leave the outer edges as they are). This will give you cup shapes.

    Repeat this step so that you have six cupped petals.
  6. Trinket Box Take your rose bud and place hot glue on the bottom edge of a petal. Glue this to the lower part of the rose bud. Keep adding the petals, leaving a small gap so that the petals are placed incrementally around the flower.
  7. Repeat the previous step to create a minimum of nine more petals. Before adding these to your roses first use a pencil or paint brush to curl the top edge of your petals. This will allow the rose to take a more realistic shape and appearance and how you add your own flair to the project. When they have all been rolled you can add them to your rose. When complete add another layer of floral tape on the stem.
  8. For the foliage, cut another strip of crepe paper (you’ll need several of these, so you can do them all green or make them in corresponding colours to your roses). Cut the strip in to three in the same way you did for the petals. This time though, instead of cutting a wide semi-circle you should cut it a little narrower. This will give the appearance of a leaf instead of a petal. You don’t need to stretch it this time. Cut several leaves.
  9. Trinket Box Tape more pieces of floral wire for the foliage stems (as many as you want, lots will obviously create a much fuller bouquet).

    Glue vertically down the centre of one leaf and place the floral wire along the glue line. Add more glue so that you can stick another leaf on top, this will create a double-sided leaf. Repeat as many times as you need.
  10. Arrange your flowers and foliage into a shape you are happy with and then wrap all of the stems with some floral tape to keep them in place. Take a square of Kraft paper and create a cone, then put the flowers inside. Wrap some ribbon or burlap around the bouquet and tie in a bow. And that’s it! It’s really so simple, and so pleasing. Happy crafting.