How to Make Newspaper Roses

Create a bouquet of flowers that never wilt; Learn how to make leopard roses (or crepe paper flowers) by following our easy step-by-step instructions.

These roses are so pretty and easy to make, we know you and your kids will be obsessed with making them. They’re great all year round and they make the most gorgeous Mother’s Day crafts to make with the kids. Not to mention that they are some of the most beautiful recycled crafts.

How to make newspaper roses

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Get ready to turn old newspapers into beautiful newspaper roses. We’re always thinking of fun ways to recycle all kinds of materials, and newspapers are certainly one versatile way.

Rose Art Newspaper

These flowers look almost identical to real flowers if you use red crepe paper, but trying using newspaper is also a must. We just love the look!

Handmade newspaper roses

How to make newspaper roses

What you need:

  • printable template (optional)
  • pencil
  • drag
  • glue
  • old newspapers or magazines
  • green paper or paper straws

Tip: These are also gorgeous when made with crepe paper

Step-by-step instructions

We have prepared a simple template for this but it is not necessary. Print our template or draw two petal shapes on a piece of cardboard (for example, one larger than 2.5 inches/7 cm and one smaller than 2 inches/5 cm).

Step 1

This will be our guide for creating rose petals from newspaper.

Step 2

Cut a wider strip of newspaper, it should be wider than the height of the petal. The length doesn’t matter, you can always use more strips.

Step 3

Fold the paper strips into an accordion.

See also Curly Hair Clown Craft Idea

Step 4

Each fold should be approximately the same width as the petal pattern.

Step 5

Once folded, place the template on top.

Step 7

Traces around the petals.

Step 8

Cut along the pencil line but make sure not to cut the left or right edges of the petals (like you would with a paper wreath).

Cut along the top and bottom edges only, leaving the edges intact.

Step 9

Carefully unfold the newspaper to reveal a garland-like strip.

Repeat the process with another petal shape.

Step 10

To make the paper rose look more realistic, use a pencil (or something else) to curve the top edges of each leopard petal.

Step 11

This will give your newspaper a more realistic shape.

Step 12

It’s time to make the trunk. You can use green paper straws or make your own using green paper.

Step 13

Roll the paper into a flower stem and apply glue to the end.

Step 14

Glue the stem to the middle of the first leopard petal. Depending on the glue, you’ll have to wait a bit for it to set because you want your first petal to be super secure.

Now take the smaller petal paper strip and apply a small amount of glue to the bottom part of the other petals.

Step 15

Gently roll each leopard petal onto the stem.

Step 16

Glue the bottom of the petals to the stem one at a time.

Step 17

Until the last petal. You can add a little glue here to keep everything in place.

Step 18

Now take the strip of paper with the larger petals and glue it on in the same way.

Once all the petals have been rolled onto the stem, use glue to seal the end to secure this beautiful leopard rose in place.

See also Newspaper Heart Card

Step 19

These eco-friendly leopard roses are perfect for decorating your home or as a heartfelt gift for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

Step 20

Well done, crafty crew!

Art Newspaper Roses

So there you have it – a fun and sustainable crafting adventure for the kids and yourself.

Rose Leopard Art

Happy crafting everyone!

How to make newspaper rose ideas

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