4/4 DIY or DIE: A Step-by-Step How-To Guide To Making Colorful Paper Rosettes

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewWho’s ready for a good, fun DIY? Yeah? Me too. I thought it would be a great time to break out a bright, festive tutorial. The ladies over at A Good Affair popped this bad boy in my mailbox and I just knew you’d love it. The paper rosettes are easy, fun, CHEAP and look awesome for any wedding. 

How-To by A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production

Photos: Luminaire Images

2- 12”x12” sheets of paper
Glue stick or Elmer’s
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Take your 12”x12” sheets of paper, and cut in half.

Step 2: Fold the 6”x12” papers accordion style with ½” folds.

Step 3: After you finish folding all the pieces, glue the end of one piece to the end of a second piece so that they overlap.

Step 4: After gluing all your pieces together to form one long accordion paper strip, take the two ends and join those together in the same fashion. This creates a completed ring of folded paper.

Step 5: Making sure the glue has dried and all pieces are secure, stand your ring upwards, and gently press the top edge outwards, with the bottom edge remaining on your work surface. This will form your paper rosette!

Step 6: If you are using two-sided paper, decide which side will be the front or back. The back side should be facing up. This is where you will hot glue to secure your rosette.

Step 7: To secure your paper rosette, take your hot glue gun (it sets faster) and put a dollop of glue right in the center. Make sure to hold down the rosette as the glue sets. If you are planning to have your rosettes double-sided i.e. both sides will be seen, be sure to hot glue right in the center very neatly.

Step 8: (Optional) Dress up your paper rosette with a simple circle cutout, or a coordinating embellishment! You can get creative!

Step 9: (Optional) To give your paper rosette a rounded edge, after you’ve folded your papers but before gluing, take your scissors and round off one side of your folded paper.

End Product: A beautiful 12” Paper Rosette!

Notes: Different paper sizes and fold sizes will give you a variety of rosette sizes and looks!

Pretty neat, eh? You down for some DIY awesomeness? I mean, it looks so simple even a DIY dunce like myself could prolly get it done.

Submitted via Two Bright Lights.



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  • ah what a pretty back drop that would make! If not for a wedding, than an awesome engagement shoot. Thank you!

  • ariella42

    These are great! I totally need to make these out of sheet music.

  • Shannon

    I love these! Especially the bride & groom chair settings, beautiful!

    My affordable wedding invitations. ♥ 🙂

  • It really worth to try, the chair is my favorite, would like to adopt it in my wedding.

  • Wedding dresses

    This is so cool. What a great idea.

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  • Oh my goodness, what a fabulous tutorial! Loving all the steps shown in photos. A fabulous project that can be used in so many different ways!

  • Very impressive art. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I am agree with Carl, The chair is my favorite too.

  • Jill Orcutt

    Somebody PLEASE tell me where the Bride and Groom font can be found? My daughter has asked me to do these rosettes for her wedding in two weeks!!!! Can you help???
    Thanks much!

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  • KFS

    Tried to follow your tutorial for rosettes and everything went fine up until trying to get it into a rosette shape by pressing on the outer edge. This totally does not work. Tried with thick paper first and didn't work. Then tried again with thinner paper. Still didn't work. Seems impossible to be able to press paper down without it ripping. Hmmm..

  • I agree with KFS, everything was fine until you have to press the outer edge to go flat…didn't work and I'm really bummed.

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  • Lorraine McCullough

    Very Nice!!! These are simple techiniques that decorate anything…Any party!! Scrapbook stors always have papers on sale, Check the Sunday Newspaper or sign up on their website at Michaels they have plenty of weekly promotions where you can find Scrapbook paper anywhere for 5x$1.00 or 7x $1.00

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  • I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE these rosettes and this is an awesome tutorial! I couldn't help but feature your post in a craft round-up I just finished. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  • I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE these rosettes and this is an awesome tutorial! I couldn't help but feature your post in a craft round-up I just finished. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  • Roseanne Welte

    I made these for my daughter’s baby shower and they came out great – Thank you!