This project, using paper roses to create a bouquet, has been on my mind since I posted the first paper rose tutorial. It is timeless and elegant and though I show it here in the white, it could easily be made in any color or even multiple colors by printing the template on a colored letter weight paper.
Here are my instructions:
PAPER ROSE BOUQUET
You will need: 24 prints of the paper rose template, scissors and hot glue, florist wire and florist tape, ribbons for handle and bow.
1a) Print 24 rose templates onto a letter weight paper. The PDF has 3 pages (large, medium and small) so you can print 8 of each page. I used common copy paper for my roses, which works beautifully. If you would like a different color, you can print this template onto a colored paper of your choice, though I would suggest it be letter weight rather than cardstock.
1b) Trim all 24 roses. I will be honest, this is the most time consuming part of the project. To make it easier, I trimmed my roses over several nights in front of my favorite TV show. I also cut one size at at time and kept each size in a large zip lock bag to keep the pieces from mixing.
2) Sort your petals into like stacks to make your process simple and organized. At this point, I finish one rose at a time. Curl the two sides of each petal using the edge of your scissors and fold your leaves (see diagram below).
3) Make a 12 inch stem with a folded piece of florist wire.
4) Wrap and hot glue the first three petals around the wire stem and glue petals 4-7 using the tabs to create a cup.
5) Slide petal in order onto your wire stem. If it is easier you can snip a tiny hole at the point of your petal cups, creating a space for the wire to slide through. You can arrange your petals and secure then with a dab of hot glue.
6) Wrap the wire stem completely covering with florist tape.
7) Repeat steps 2-6 for all 24 roses.
8) Holding stems in one hand, arrange your 24 roses to create a bouquet. Mix the 3 sizes to fill the spaces and to create a compact bouquet look. Once arranged, secure bundle of stems with florist tape at base of bouquet. Fold ends of wire up to create an even handle then completely cover stem handle with florist tape.
9) Using a soft ribbon, cover florist tape to finish the stem handle. Tie off at base of bouquet or use pearl pins to secure.
10) Finish your bouquet with a coordinating ribbon.