Book Page Paper Roses are so fun and so easy to make! They also make for great home decor that will never die from lack of watering (guilty!). And to top it all off, they are gorgeous!
Once you know the basic steps, you can use any sort of paper you want. You don’t have to stick to just book pages. You could try music sheets, maps, scrapbook paper, etc. The options are endless!
Check out my step by step instructions here with pictures and I have a Youtube video embedded below for all you visual learners out there like me. There’s also printable instructions below with a stencil!
Book Page Roses: Supplies
Minimal supplies are required for this craft too. You honestly might not even need to buy anything. They are that simple.
- Book Pages
- 1 Sheet Cardstock for Stencil
- Hot Glue Gun
- Floral Stem Wire (If you want a stem)
Make the Stencil
Your first step is to make a stencil to cut out the squares. Measure out and cut a 4-Inch square from the cardstock. This will be your stencil for all the roses you want to make from now on.
If you want a bigger or smaller rose, all you have to do is cut the stencil according to the size you want. A bigger stencil will create a bigger rose and vice versa.
Let's Start: Folding and Cutting
- Using your stencil, cut out THREE (3) squares from book pages.
2. Fold each square in half on the diagnol.
3. Then fold each of those triangles in half two more times. (Each square should now be folded 3 times total)
4. Cut folded end off all three triangles to create a small hole in the center when unfolded.
5. Cut a half circle out of the other side of each triangle to create an ice-cream cone shape.
6. Unfold each and now you have three flowers.
7. Cut 1 petal off the first flower, a 2-petal piece off the second flower, and a 3-petal piece off the third flower. Your pieces should look as pictured.
Curling Petals and Gluing Together
These are the final steps that turn old paper into a beautiful book page paper rose! Read carefully, you may want to watch the video below for some of these steps.
8. With your toothpick, curl the end of each petal on the 3,5,6 & 7 petal pieces.
9. For the 1 & 2 petal pieces start curling from the side of the petal and then use your fingers to guide it into a cone shape.
10. Hot glue each of the 3,5,6 & 7 petal pieces together by the edges.
11. Put some glue around the bottom of the circle on the 6 petal piece and lay on top of the 7 petal piece.
12. Glue on the 5, 4, and 3 petal pieces the same way in order.
13. For the 2 & 1 petal pieces, you can either cut the bottom off or poke it through the hole so it is even with the rest of your rose and not sticking out too much. Glue those in too.
- If you are a visual learner, the video will really help you!
- If you are a paper quiller, you can use a quilling tool like I do in the video to curl the petals. Toothpicks work amazing too!
- When cutting out the ice-cream cone shape for the petals, make sure the two end points of the cut are even otherwise you’ll have lumpy petals.
- Make sure to really cut a half circle, if it’s more of a sloping hill, your petals will look flat.
- The bigger the square paper you cut, the bigger your rose will be! Explore different sizes.
Try and glue your layers so the petals are asymmetrical to give it a more authentic look.