How to Make Paper Rose Petals

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Scattered rose petals are a classic way to create romantic ambiance through decoration. While natural rose petals create the best effect, they begin to wilt and dry within hours. For a longer-lasting, reusable alternative, create paper petals. With the proper shape and the right treatment with rose water, your paper petals can re-create the look and smell of the real thing.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Rose petal or picture of rose petal
  • Soft stationary paper
  • Rose water
  • Bowl
  • Waxed paper
  • Create or find a rose petal pattern shape. Locate a real, fresh rose petal, find a clear photo or clip art drawing of a petal, or draw your own. Make a shape similar to a heart, but with a smooth, round top free of a downward dip in the center.

  • Make copies of the petal pattern in slightly different sizes and shapes. Either re-draw by hand, or scan the image into a computer image editing program and make several copies to be re-sized. Create at least four different sizes of rose petals to make the finished, collected petals look more realistic in their variations.

  • Cut out the rose petal shapes to make tracing patterns.

  • Trace the petals onto a sheet of stationary paper. Use a pencil with a sharp tip and trace the petals as lightly as possible.

  • Cut out the petals. Try to cut just inside the pencil lines so as to leave them off the paper petals you create.

  • Soak the paper petals in rose water. Place them in the water just long enough to saturate them, then remove.

  • Let the petals dry on a sheet of waxed paper. They will dry soft, curled and rumpled, and with a light, natural rose smell.

References

  • "The Paper Crafter's Bible"; Elizabeth Moad; 2004
  • Photo Credit rose rose image by Freddy Smeets from Fotolia.com
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