How to Make a Tissue Paper Rose

    by Suzie Faloon

    About the Author

    Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.


    Handmade tissue paper roses can be used as decorations for many occasions. They are beautiful for proms, showers, weddings, birthdays and quinceanera parties. They can be made into a bouquet for a wedding rehearsal, and they are perfect for wreaths, centerpieces and other decorations. These paper roses can be made ahead of time, and hold up well during the process of decorating. Making tissue paper roses is a child-friendly craft project for camp and youth groups.

    Things You'll Need

    • Lightweight cardboard
    • Scissors
    • Tissue paper
    • Florist wire
    • Wire cutters
    • Floral tape
    • Round toothpicks

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    Draw a pattern for a teardrop and a heart, each about two inches tall, on lightweight cardboard. Draw a second heart that is three inches tall. Cut out all three pieces. These will be your templates for cutting the tissue paper.

    Draw four teardrop shapes on the tissue paper. Draw five to seven small hearts and eight to 12 large hearts. Cut out these pieces.

    Cut the floral wire into the desired length for your rose stems. Use stems about 12 inches long for a bouquet. Use stems 4 to 6 inches long for floral decorations such as wreaths and centerpieces.

    Fold one teardrop shape lengthwise over the end of a piece of wire. Wrap the bottom of the teardrop with floral tape to secure it to the wire. Add two to three more teardrops to form the rose bud and wrap securely with the floral tape.

    Roll the curved ends of the heart shapes by wrapping them over a round toothpick. Roll the paper over the toothpick several times and press with your fingers to curl the ends under.

    Place one small heart outside of the bud and wrap in place with floral tape. Place a second heart so that it overlaps the first one about 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Wrap in place. with floral tape Continue wrapping and taping small hearts until the bud is surrounded.

    Place the large heart petals using the same method you used for the small hearts. Wrap each petal separately with floral tape.

    • You can make rose leaves with green tissue paper and a larger teardrop-shaped pattern.
    • For faster cutting, stack three to four sheets of tissue paper, trace your template on the top sheet and cut through all layers at once.
    • Be sure to cover all wires to prevent injury.