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Rose Wreath

One Technique, Two Stunning Projects by Carla Bagshaw (Cut By Hand)

Learn how to create these stunning paper roses and then use them to create a simple box frame or beautiful beaded wreath. Follow steps 1 to 6 to make the paper roses, then decide which project you want to follow.

You will need:

  • For the Paper Flowers:
    Paper in various shades of your choosing
  • Scissors
  • Quilling Tool
  • Hot Glue
  • For the Box Frame:
    Add a box frame!
  • For the Beaded Wreath:
    Polystyrene Wreath
  • Burlap
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Beads

Time to Make: 5 Hours

Skill Level: Advanced


  1. Rose Wreath Rose Wreath For the Paper Flowers:
    Take a piece of paper (I used rectangle scraps and folded them in two so I doubled the amount of rose templates I could make).

    Draw a circle on the paper (I drew around a mug). Then cut the circle out of the paper.
  2. Rose Wreath Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut a spiral into the circle, it doesn’t need to be perfect but try and keep it roughly even.
  3. This is the trickiest bit of the process, but I promise it’s not too difficult. If you have a slotted quilling tool then it is much easier but it can be done by hand just as well.
  4. Rose Wreath Starting with the underside of the outer part of the spiral begin to roll the paper and follow the spiral around until the whole spiral is raised and you have just the central round of paper left. .
  5. Rose Wreath Once you have finished rolling let go of the rose so that it gently loosens (it will hold it’s shape).

    Spread some glue on the remaining central round and push it onto the bottom of the rose so that the whole shape is secured.
  6. Make lots and lots of the roses (the size of your initial circle will determine how many roses you need and the finished size of each flower).
  7. Rose Wreath For the Box Frame:
    All that is now left to do is to arrange your design.

    Take your box frame and put it together without the glass. Begin to glue (hot glue works best) the flowers to the backing board of the frame (you can use a piece of card the same size if you prefer).

    Once the frame is full of roses you can now remove the top part of the frame and pop the glass in.

    The reason I make these within the frame is so that I know the roses are fixed in such a way that they will fit into the frame, if you don’t have the barrier of the frame the roses can overspill and won’t then fit when you try to complete the framing process.

    And that’s it, you just created something beautiful.
  8. Rose Wreath Rose Wreath For the Beaded Wreath:
    Place all of your roses aside and take your polystyrene wreath. I wrapped mine first in green florist tape so that the burlap would better stick, but this is an unnecessary step.

    Glue the edge of the burlap to the back of the wreath and begin to wrap it until you have it fully covered, the glue at the back to secure the burlap.
  9. Rose Wreath Wrap some wire around the wreath so that you have a ‘hook’ to add your wired beads to. Now, take a piece of wire (approximately 15cm).

    Place a bead on the end of the wire, fold the wire over and twist it under the bead so that the bead is fixed in place.
  10. Rose Wreath Keep making the bead stems and attach them to the wrapped wire on the wreath by twisting them under and over at the back of the wreath.
  11. Rose Wreath It’s important that you attach all the beads before attaching the roses as you will need the space to manoeuvre.

    The wire can be sharp so be careful as you go.
  12. Rose Wreath Once you are happy with the placement of your wires you can begin the final process of hot gluing your roses around the wreath.

    Use plenty of roses so that the final piece looks full and abundant.

    You can add either a loop of burlap or string, or a sticky fixer to the back of the wreath so it can be hung.