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DIY Paper Rose Made with a Metallic Paper + Long Stemmed Rose Tutorial

Paper Rose Gift TopperPaper Rose Hair FlowerHappy July everyone! Let’s start the month off with another version of a paper flower. . . the all time favorite and my first flower to make for blog readers. . . the paper rose. A few of you have been asking for my paper rose pattern in just outline form. This printable is perfect to use for making roses from colored paper, sheet music, dictionary pages or any other paper. I still suggest you use a letter or text weight paper as the card stock or even scrapbook paper does not curl as smoothly. My favorite paper to use is the metallic paper because it gives a gorgeous sheen to the petals. My favorite place to purchase this paper is at as they have such a great color selection to choose from. I have included in this post a tutorial on how to make the long stemmed rose. The wire stem makes the rose very useful as you can add it into a bouquet or trim and curl the wire end. If you want to make a rose without the stem, you can refer to my How to Make a Paper Rose video. The only difference is using a florist wire or a removable bamboo skewer to create your rose center. You can download and print onto your selected paper the rose and the leaf pattern below. Enjoy! ~ Lia

Paper Rose CorsagePaper Rose Bouquet

Long Stemmed Paper Rose TutorialWhen you download my templates and printables you can give a little love back by following me on:

  1. Do you have a svg rose leaf program to down load? I have been making close to 200 paper flowers for my 40th wedding anniversary renewal in June. The rose is my favorite. I would like not to have to cut them by hand. I have a lot to do for the party.

  2. I’ve made two wedding bouquets using this flower template, modified just a bit for size variation. I use cotton resume paper for a soft sheen and beautiful texture.

    People have a hard time believing they’re paper!
    Thanks for all your work!

  3. I absolutely love all the beautiful things you make out of paper! I’m not much of a paper gal myself, but i was determined to take your tutorial and make it into an edible version. So instead of paper i used wafer paper (that way i could put it on cakes) . If you don’t mind i would love to share your tutorial with my edible tweaks. Of course it would still be your tutorial, but i think a lot of people in my caking community would love to apply your templates and instructions to wafer paper!

  4. Hi Lia, Your paper flowers are pretty. I suggest if you can send the blocks.


  5. What size wire do you use?

  6. Lia I love your paper flowers. I am going to celebrate my 40th anniversary, with a renewal of our vows. I am making all my flowers. Your web site and helpful tutorials have been great. I just purchased a Cricut explore. Did you say I could download your patterns on it so it cuts out my flowers for me? I don’t know how to change a pdf file to a svg that the explore uses. Can you help me? I am telling everyone about your site. I also purchased your suggested paper from you site. Thanks again. Sue

    • Thank you Sue for your kind words!!! Congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary! So excited that my flowers get to be part of your big day;-) Getting the Explore will revolutionize your flower making:) I provide the svg file for most of my flowers so you can download it from my site. For help converting files you are better off calling Cricut’s customer service team and they can walk you through any steps. Would love to see some pictures, please feel free to share them with me at

  7. Hi Lia .we have a cricut Expression 2…. Is the rose cut pattern available for this machine? We are doing a wedding and need hundreds!!!! Thanks for sharing….

  8. Hi Lia! How are you? I’m feeling very lucky to find your site and it’s so awesome. I learned how to make paper rose and I’d made some too. The first one that I made was taken by my friend and everybody loves them. Thank you so much for sharing such a pretty work. May God give you more success Ameen

  9. Hello and thank you for this sweet tutorial. I’m making a little print for my granddaughter, of a bear, and I’m putting these lovely 3d roses at the bottom x

  10. can you give me the paper name please ? and can we print on it with regular printer ?

  11. How did you make a cut file. I’m new with the cameo. Help please

    • I use a Cricut rather than a cameo, so I do not remember how to upload into that machine anymore. You can do a google search and find some video tutorials I will bet. 😉

  12. What a great blog you have here Lia!
    You are very talented. I have enjoyed looking at all your beautiful flowers! I especailly like this rose with the metalic paper. I will be trying it in the very near future. Thank you so much for sharing and creating such a great tutorial!

  13. Thank you Lia. Your flowers and Ideas are fantastic. Me and my 2 girls 11 & 9 try to make your flowers over weekends. Not to your standard yet, but all the more reason to keep on trying. I’m from S.A. so will have to convert the inches to cm. Thank you for your reply.

  14. Hi Lia, do you have a template that has more than 1set for rose on. It feels like such a waste to print one rose per page, or maybee I am doing it wrong?

  15. Love your paper roses! I was wondering if the leaves are also metallic paper and if so what color is it? I went to paper-papers but think that their picture does not match the actual paper color as the one you show here has a different color there… Hard time finding a nice light green to make the leaves. I think the botanic green you used on another flower is a little too dark for my liking.
    Thank you so much for the tutorial, video and patterns!

  16. I have read and seen on couple craft shows that if you put glue sticks in freezer won’t have as many or any glue strings. I’ve got mine in freezer right now, am about to get them out to put something on something so will let you know how it works.
    Your paper flowers are so exquisite Lia, they look so real making them with the metallic papers, the sheen on petals and leaves is especially pretty. How gorgeous they look on anything, used in any way. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us. I’m not usually a rose person but yours have changed my mind.
    I’ve looked at craft stores in town but have yet to find any papers that are equal to quality papers you use.
    Happy week.

    • Let me know if it worked for you! I will definitely try that too. Thanks for the great ideas. I live in the BIG (haha) city of Portland and still have to order my paper. There is no place here to buy it either.

  17. Hi Lia,

    I made one of these beautiful roses for my mum for Mother’s Day.
    She loves it :)
    Thank you for the detailed instructions and the free patterns!

    You can see the rose on my blog:

    …of course the post includes a link to this side!

    Best wishes

  18. BEAUTIFUL flowers! I’ve been searching the net for an easy paper flower and yours seems more doable & less time consuming than others. Thanks SO much for sharing!

  19. I have probably a dumb question but… Would a glue stick (I have an abundance of them) work in lieu of the hot glue gun (I own one but inevitably burn the crap out of myself) ? Would they hold together do you think? I want to make these for my wedding centerpieces but I’m afraid if I use a glue stick they will fall apart before the day comes. Thanks in advance. :)

    • The glue stick really won’t work. Go buy yourself a low heat glue gun. I ONLY use those now. It took me a while to learn after many bandaged fingers. :-) If your are still not into the glue gun, then try glue dots. I promise you that the low heat glue gun is the best answer though. I can touch it almost immediately and it does hold. The only negative side is you will have more glue spider webs.

  20. These are the most beautiful paper roses i have seen. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Gail B

  21. Lia, very beautiful roses

  22. Hi Lia,
    You Paper roses are gorgeous. You work is truly amazing. Love them. Am trying to make them.. :) I have a quick question for you. Sometimes when I print out the rose template it fills my entire A4 size page. Sometimes it fills only half the page allowing me 2 roses per page. Can you help me with this? I am looking for the template that allows 2 roses per A4 size page.
    Thanks a TON!

    • Hi again Seena. It seems that you may be reducing it to get the half page as I design it for the full page. The roses will be very small and maybe difficult to make if you print them half size, but maybe you have nimble fingers. When you print the half, does it center on the page or go to one side? If it print on the one side you could turn the paper around and print onto the other half. If not. . . let me know and we can figure something out.

  23. Lia does text paper only come in one weight? If not what weight do you buy? Thanks

  24. Lia does text paper only come in one weight? If not what weight do you buy? Can I share with you the flowers I made out of copy paper?
    Thanks for all your help!

    • Weights may be different per paper mill, but any text weight is good. I just don’t prefer card stock as it does not curl smoothly. Yes! I want to see your copy paper flower! You can email it to me at or share it on my blog’s facebook page.

  25. I really really really love your paper roses! They are beautifull. I downloaded soms templates and look forward tot make some of them. But I need to collect some materials first.

  26. these look so real. thanks for sharing the pattern and directions with us. I followed on pinterest and going to fb now.

  27. OMG!!! your roses are awesome! Thank you for sharing. I went on and looked at the metallic papers but not sure which one would be good for a wedding bouquet-
    curious metallic, shine shimmer metallic or stardream metallic – which one would be your choice? are these papers two sided? thanks for your advice.

    • Thanks Annette! All those paper brands are good, I use all. I guess it is about which color you want. The papers are two sided so perfect for making paper flowers.

  28. Hey Lia, great tutorial and great Blog!
    I´ve just finished one of this roses! Amazing!
    I used your Printout to make a cut-file for silhouette Cameo. So i didn´t had to cut out per hand.
    Now some of my friends asked me to share the file but i don´t want it without your ok.
    Am i allowed to share the File?
    Greetings, Astrid

  29. Its awesome. Can you please tell me where to get the Metallic paper of the kind that you used.

  30. Thank you so much for uploading these tutorials! I made 3 bouquets for my friend’s wedding reception and they love it!

  31. I love your beautiful flowers! You are a special person to share all your crafts!
    Is there anyway that you could share the colors you are using on your flowers….I use the paper-papers website but its hard to tell what you are using….

    • Thanks Renee! It looks like the middle pink is no longer available, but the others two are Mars (red) and Rose Quartz (pale pink). The white is just printer paper, but you can use a metallic white like Ice Gold.

  32. Your creations are beautifully made. I am happy I came across your tutorials. Thank you also for providing us with templates. I am excited to make my first!

  33. Lia,
    I am a novice and I was amazed at how realistic and how wonderfully fun it was making these roses!
    Thank you!

  34. What is the name of the color of the metallic red paper you buy from I found one in a color called BLOOM I think but i want to make sure its red and not pink.

  35. Hey Lia, your stuff are really beautiful! The photos are well-snapped, the colors are well-matched… I love them so much!!!

    Thanks for sharing! <3

  36. hey! its a beautiful creation! :-)
    i just want to know which paper i should use so that i can put it in my printer to get that printout of layout?

    • You can use any paper you like. I prefer a letter or text weight paper as it curls better. In this post I used a metallic paper.

      • thanks you so much for the help :-)

        Can you help me on one more thing, the paper rose wreath u made , other than foam disc what can i use in its base?
        i want to make that its really really pretty :-)

  37. Lia. Thanks a lot for sharing . Your site is GREAT. Now I’m following you in Pinterest
    Hugs from Colombia

  38. Lia. Thank you so much for your generosity. I have come to your site repeatedly to print off flower patterns and have enjoyed giving these wonderful creations to family and friends. That combination of creative and generous is wonderful and such a blessing. Thanks again!

  39. Another GORGEOUS Art I ABSOLUTELY have to learn & learn extremely well!
    I think so highly of talented people like yourself who graciously share projects and ideas so that others can learn!
    THANK YOU!!!

  40. Beautiful, what kind of paper do we use, methalic or normal?

    • In this version I did use metallic but I have used a solid color paper as well. It is up to your style. I do highly recommend a text weight over card stock though.

  41. Its wonderful! But where can I find this type of metallic paper in Hungary? :) No problem I will try it! 😀

  42. wow…so gorgeous!

  43. Hi,

    I just saw this pinned in pinterest. I really like it and would want to try creating one.

    Can you please tell me where to get the Metallic paper of the kind that you used?


    • I did give you two links on the post for where I buy my metallic paper. You can go check those out. I use text weight not card stock.

  44. Will make these soon. Love them and so simple to make. Thank you for sharing!

  45. awe sooooooooooooooo pretty, thanks for sharing.

  46. These are beautiful!

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