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DIY Paper Rosettes

Easy & Versatile! Make your gift shine in minutes!
Example paper rosette in patriotic colors
What you will make:

Get ready to add a pop of color and personality to your gift wrapping, party décor, or even homemade award ribbons with these beautiful and eye-catching DIY Paper Rosettes! This versatile craft goes beyond the classic rosette—think stars, hearts, snowflakes, happy faces, and so much more! Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, these rosettes are easy to make and endlessly customizable. Imagine a dazzling display of stars and stripes for a patriotic celebration, a vibrant heart for Valentine's Day, or a cheerful stamped message to brighten someone's day. The possibilities are endless!

We'll show you three easy methods for creating the base of your rosette, the accordion fold. Whether you prefer a freehand approach, precise measurements, or the convenience of a scoring board, we've got you covered! No matter your skill level, you'll be a rosette-making pro in no time!

Here's what you need:
  • 1" to 1.5" circle or medallion punch
  • Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
  • Optional: Scoring board, Paper trimmer for cutting paper strips, Punches or rubberstamps for the center like stars and snowflakes

This project is rated EASY to do.

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Before you start
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

How to Make Paper Rosettes

Read through the instructions before starting.
Step 1: Print and Cut
Supplies and tools needed

For each rosette, you will need a strip of paper and a circle for the center.

Paper Strip:
  • Punch a 1" to 1.5" circle (or square) from cardstock for the back of the rosette.
  • From cardstock that color coordinates with the paper strip, punch a 1" to 1.5" circle. For a layered center, cut another circle or theme shape (like a star or snowflake) to glue on top. You could also stamp a design or message on a smaller white circle. Get creative and design your own unique center!

Tip: The example rosette is made with Hawaiian Blue Orchid Stripes digital paper (Hawaiian Orchid Collection): 1.5" wide paper strip with 1/4" folds. The center circle is 1.25" with a 1" star punch.

Tip: As an aid in making the paper rosettes, print the Quarter-inch scoring lines template or 7 mm scoring lines template on the back of the paper before cutting and folding the paper strips.

Digital paper with ribbons or stripes:
Step 2: Form Rosette
Accordion fold

To form the rosette, you will fold the paper strip using an accordion fold. There are three approaches you can use to make the accordion folds:

  1. Freehand folding: Start at one end of the paper strip and fold over 1/4" to 1/2" and crease. Next create a fold the same width but folding in the opposite direction. Continue folding back-and-forth the full length of the strip. Tip: If you printed one of the scoring line templates on the paper, use the grid to aid in making your folds evenly.
  2. Precise measurements and scoring: Use a pencil and ruler to mark lines on the back of the paper strip at your desired interval of 1/4" to 1/2". Score on those lines using a bone folder or empty ballpoint pen. Make an accordion fold by folding back-and-forth on the score lines.
  3. Using a scoring board for quick and consistent results: Use a scoring board to make scores on the paper strip at even intervals of 1/4" to 1/2". Fold the paper strip back-and-forth on the score lines to make the accordion fold. Tip: See how to make a 4" by 6" DIY Scoring Board perfect for scoring rosettes.

Glue the ends of the paper strip together to form a ring.

Squish the ring down to form a flat rosette.

Then, glue the center of the rosette backside to the small circle/square punched from cardstock.

Step 3: Attach Center
Glue center to paper rosette

Finish and decorate your center circle or medallion by gluing any layers together, adding stamps or decorations (like glitter for sparkle!), then glue it to the center of your rosette.

That's it! Now you can create stunning rosettes for any occasion!
Examples of paper rosettes

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