Today is Valentine’s Day so we naturally have roses on our mind. But rather than buying a bouquet of roses that will wilt and die in the coming weeks, we prefer crafting a gorgeous handmade bouquet that is as lasting as your love for that special someone! We have shared tutorials for metallic paper rose buds and felt rose buds, but this will be our first bud using our favorite specialty paper. Crepe paper rose buds are a great beginner’s flower, especially if you are looking for an easy homemade gift for a loved one. Plus, this was the perfect flower to show off for our visit from Drew Carney! Our favorite local news anchor stopped by for his morning segment Out and About with Drew Carney as a part of Sunrise on KGW.
As our Valentine’s Day gift to you all, we are sharing this template for free. Feel free to pass it along to friends who may want to indulge in a little home crafting! Before starting this project, we encourage you to watch our Crepe Paper 101 video, where you will learn all about cutting and working with this fabulous material.
Tools & Materials
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- Crepe Paper [Double Sided: Cherry & Raspberry, Flamingo & Peony Pink; White & Vanilla; Extra Fine: Cypress]
- 18 Gauge Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Print the PDF template below and use as a guide for cutting your crepe pieces. Make sure you are cutting with the grain of the crepe.
- With the edge of close scissors, curl both top corners of the petals, making sure you move in the direction of the grain. Gently stretch the centers of the petals to make them more cup-like.
- Cut wire to 10 inches and bend the tip downward, creating a small loop. Starting with the smallest petal, place glue at the bottom inside petal and wrap around the wire loop.
- Add glue to the bottom of the second small petal and attach to the base of the bloom.
- Continue with the next two petals to surround the center.
- Add the fourth and fifth petals.
- Finish the bloom by adding the three large petals.
- Put a bead of glue along the edge of the left leaf and lay your wire in the glue.
- Quickly cover glue and wire with second leaf piece.
- Glue the bottom edge of the sepal piece and wrap it around the base of the rose.
- Cut a thin strip of green crepe and glue over the top of the sepal and wire. This will give you a surface to secure the floral tape.
- Wrap the stem of the rose and leaves with floral tape.
- Attach stems of flower and leaf together with more floral tape.
We loved using these rose buds as an opportunity to explore more designs using the double sided papers from our selection of crepe. The double sided papers are simply two sheets of extra fine crepe fused together. There are plenty of color combos to choose from, but we specifically used 3 of the double sided (listed in the Materials section) for a classic rose color palette, including our newest combination of White and Vanilla. We recommend gently using the edge of your scissors or a pencil to help curl your petals. Follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below for a visual guide to crafting your crepe paper rose buds!
For another beautiful flower for beginners using our double sided papers, don’t miss our crepe anemones. You can browse through all of our crepe paper flowers for more inspiration, or leave a comment below with suggestions for flower tutorials that you would like to see next. If you would like to pick out a custom color palette for your rose buds, pop into our online shop to see all of our specialty papers. We love admiring your crafty successes, so please share your project photos with us using #DIYDreamingWithLia on Instagram! Head over to our membership page to join our crafting community, or find all of our free video tutorials on our YouTube channel. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team