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Guest Feature: Crepe Paper Roses

Today we’re happy to present the first Folding Trees tutorial from a contributor! (If you would like to write for Folding Trees, see our Submissions page for details.)


Find out how to make SiSi’s beautiful crepe paper roses with our tutorial:

You will need:

  • Red crepe paper (at least 30″ long)
  • Green crepe paper (at least 12″ long)
  • Green wired stem
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Fold the red crepe paper in half horizontally to form a long thin strip. Start 3″ from the right end and fold the end of the paper downwards.

Roll the paper around that end about 3 times (you are forming the center of the rose).

With the long end of the crepe paper, gently fold it backwards and continue to roll. You are now working on shaping the rose petals.

A good tip is to hold the bottom part tightly so it does not become loose. Continue to repeat the above step (folding back and rolling) until you are close to the end of the paper.

When you get to the end, leave about 2.5″ unrolled. Wrap the extra crepe paper around the red stem (the little piece you folded down at the start).

Insert the green wired stem at the bottom of your rose.

Cut a piece from the green crepe paper, and cut out an X-shaped ‘leaf’ for the bottom of the rose. Poke a hole through the middle of the X with the end of the stem, slide the X up the stem and glue it to the bottom part of the rose. Do not use a lot of glue, just dab gently. This makes it look more realistic.

Cut the remainder of the green crepe paper in half to make it thinner. It should be at least 6″ long. Dab some glue on the end of one piece and begin to cover the red colored stem with the green. Gently twist it downwards to cover the stem. Leave 2 inches untwisted to make another leaf (optional).

Optional step: Gently apply glue to the remainder of the green crepe paper, and cut it into a leaf shape.


Author Bio:
Hi, I’m SiSi, the proud owner of My Craft Thingies. I am very excited to be able to contribute this crepe paper tutorial to Folding Trees (I am extremely honored to even be considered!) I am a huge fan of ribbon and paper crafts – this shows through my DIY tutorials on my website. I hope to share my creativity with crafty people around the world. Come check out my site when you get the chance!

Thank you for sharing your project with us, SiSi!

Would you like to write for Folding Trees? See our Submissions page for details!


Comment from deirdre
Time: April 15, 2009, 12:48 pm

these are so pretty! thanks for sharing! my stepdaughter is getting married next year and is looking for exactly these kinds of roses. Thank you!

Comment from sukkigo
Time: April 16, 2009, 7:43 am

loveleH !!

Comment from SiSi
Time: April 16, 2009, 8:57 am

Thanks, I hope you guys tried it and had a chance to come visit us too :)

Comment from Michal
Time: April 18, 2009, 5:30 pm

Thank you,
You’ve been featured! :)

Right in my blog:

Comment from myDIYweddingday
Time: April 21, 2009, 3:20 pm

I love this! Would be so cute at a wedding. Linked back to this on my blog.

Comment from lisa
Time: April 22, 2009, 9:44 am

Tried these with my son’s kindergarten class for a mother’s day craft idea, turned out great and the kids found it easy enough. thanks a million.

Comment from Lois
Time: May 3, 2009, 11:20 pm

Hi thanks for such a crafty and inexpensive idea!!! I have been sitting here at my computer with a roll of yellow crepe paper with this page open trying to make these!! But Im running into a bit of a problem!The ones Im making are not as full as the ones that are shown here! Mine just look to tight!! I have followed the directions as explained ,but I still just can not get mine to look that full! Any suggestions for me ?
Thank You

Comment from SiSi
Time: May 4, 2009, 9:57 am

Thanks everyone, I am glad you all are enjoying this!

@ Lulu: To make the roses fuller, try to not wrap the ‘petals’ around the stem too much. Make sure you are not laying the flower on the table while doing this. Hold it up while going in circles. I have a really hard time explaining this. If a video would help, you can check out my video tutorial on this, maybe seeing it will make it easier.
The video uses ribbon instead of paper crepe.
I hope this will help.

Comment from Lois
Time: May 15, 2009, 1:01 am

Hello and thank you for that explanation!! I will go check out the video cause I really want to learn how to do these!! SOrry it took me so long to answer back!! Lot of things going on and not enough time in 24 hours!! Thanks again!

Comment from imunchcookies
Time: May 30, 2009, 2:30 pm

im so sorry, but your website doesnt really help me, i dont get how to go from step 2 to step 3 in folding a crepe rose.. its really difficult

Comment from June & Eve
Time: May 30, 2009, 2:55 pm

imunchcookies, check out SiSi’s link to her video of the process (3 comments above this one) – that should help :)

Comment from Rose Ann
Time: June 6, 2009, 10:37 am

Magnifica rosa!!! I like it tooo much, it’s so fine! Grazie, Rò

Comment from Barbara Lindsey
Time: June 11, 2009, 9:55 am

My sisters and I have been looking for these instructions for years. When we were ittle our mother made them and dipped them in hot wax.
thanks so much.

Comment from SiSi
Time: June 21, 2009, 11:31 pm

Thanks everyone:)

Comment from shajitha
Time: July 21, 2009, 6:05 am

Nice cool:) i wonder hw feature had turnd making rose in paper….
Before dude we have wait for original flower but u ave proved that rose can be artificial…thanks 4 this process

Comment from Patdoll
Time: August 17, 2009, 2:08 pm

Thanks a lot your tutorial give me the little key to twist over twice that I could not see on paper.Love it Love it Love it!!!!! they are small but lovely i shall work on increasing them. thanks for sharing!

Comment from Joy Chidinma
Time: December 2, 2009, 2:34 pm

Sisi thanks somuch for bringing the teaching to our door steps i have been Looking for where to learn this kind of craft work but there is none around me. I tried the steps but missed the folding backwards and rolling so my Rose werent pefect please help.

Comment from Vidhya
Time: December 21, 2009, 9:06 am

Hi Sisi! Great work indeed! I love those red roses made out of paper! I tried the same from yours and have put on my blog. Thanks a lot!

Comment from chaithra
Time: December 22, 2009, 3:28 am

Thanks for sharing & teaching me this paper craft work. Can you send me your contact no to my mail ID so that we can share ideas as I’m very interested in creation field.

Comment from william
Time: January 12, 2010, 6:55 pm

Looks graet on top of gift

Comment from Vse k 8 Marta
Time: March 10, 2010, 5:21 pm

Hi! What a beautiful work! I could not stopping myself from putting this on my blog :) Question: how wide should be a red paper strip?

Comment from unique
Time: March 19, 2010, 1:54 pm

wow its so pretty this website has encouraged me to go and make lots of origami things

Comment from Vera Fonseca
Time: April 1, 2010, 6:12 pm

Maravilhoso! Parabens, adorei minha mamae fazia flores de papel de seda e eu menina adorava.Irei tentar fazer.obrigada.
Um grande abraço e um beijo no seu coração.Vera / BRAZIL.

Comment from I valle
Time: April 24, 2010, 7:41 pm

Why did you remove your video. Where can i buy wider crepe paper. Bought the one for parties, streamer type. The rose was too small. Like it, but i like the rose to be larger. Using it for my students as a mother’s day project.

Comment from June & Eve
Time: April 24, 2010, 7:44 pm

Unfortunately, the video wasn’t part of our tutorial. SiSi (the author of this guest post) decided to shut down her own website and remove all her content, so all we have is what she allowed us to use for this guest feature.

Try googling for crepe paper sources in the country you live in :)

Comment from rathimalar
Time: April 30, 2010, 7:06 am

it’s really awesome….

Comment from karthiga
Time: April 30, 2010, 11:34 am

very simple and superb

Comment from karthiga
Time: April 30, 2010, 11:35 am

any other simple hand work pls

Comment from ANJUYA
Time: November 17, 2010, 12:46 pm


Comment from Sarah
Time: January 8, 2011, 1:04 am

Try for crepe paper folds in a variety of colors.

Comment from sam
Time: January 31, 2011, 11:22 pm

can you show me a video on how to do the roses.
i’m getting into a trouble that i don’t understand the 2nd and 3rd intructions

Comment from giulia
Time: March 31, 2011, 1:08 pm

non ho la carta crespa

Comment from hissan
Time: May 26, 2011, 9:11 am

This flower is looking very nice.I,ll try this

Comment from Joan
Time: September 4, 2011, 4:11 pm

I know you don’t have a lot of free time, but these are pretty – wouldn’t they make pretty centerpieces for the table, (YYC) maybe with a couple candy canes and a branch of Christmas tree in a vase

Comment from mere
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:57 pm

i wanna try this out and make lots of it and put it in a lovely glass vase. It will be my center piece on the dinning table. Lovely! i can’t wait to try it out!! thank you.

Comment from ankita
Time: April 16, 2012, 12:51 pm

I like this beautiful crepe paper flowers…………
I’ll try to make this.

Comment from Mej
Time: May 7, 2012, 10:42 am

thank you so much for this tutorial ,,you are definitely blessed ((: Godbless

Comment from Priskilla
Time: May 9, 2012, 8:14 am

Thanks for sharing this i’m so proud i can do this ….
Thanks … :*

Comment from Neelima
Time: May 30, 2012, 7:28 am

nice idea

Comment from shamili
Time: June 1, 2012, 5:11 am

very nice.i will try this flower.thanks.

Comment from Concerned
Time: September 7, 2012, 10:39 pm

This is just about the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I have newfound respect for blogging housewives. First childbirth, then crafting. The comment above about kindergarteners finding this easy enough makes me want to stomp on the flowers I have made. My wife is going to think I am retarded.

Comment from khushi
Time: November 12, 2012, 3:12 am

very nice

Comment from niva
Time: February 4, 2013, 12:43 am

its very easy to make..looking very nice..

Comment from ranjan mali
Time: January 6, 2014, 3:06 am

ousem friend its very nice

Comment from Alex
Time: February 12, 2014, 10:48 am

I`m also making tissue -paper flowers. Visit my blog:

Comment from Cindy
Time: September 6, 2014, 5:03 am

Your roses are so beautiful. This seems to be the simplest tutorial I’ve come across so far. I’m new to all this so chances are I’m gonna mess up somehow lol. Wld u be interested in selling a dozen if mine don’t turn out pretty

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