We Lived Happily Ever After: How to Make SUPER realistic Paper Roses

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Make SUPER realistic Paper Roses

I have been experimenting with paper flowers for years now (see my past tutorials HERE and HERE) but I was always disappointed by the lack of realistic color in my flowers. I about lost it when I saw the gorgeous result my friend Lucy, from Craftberry Bush, had using watercolors and crepe paper. Want to see what I'm talking about? Of course you do! HERE is her tutorial.

You aren't going to believe the two secrets to this method... A SPRAY BOTTLE and a MICROWAVE! That's right, a MICROWAVE! ;)

I just had to try out Lucy's method. I decided that my blogging station needed a little bit of pretty, so I decided to make a rose in full bloom. It turned out even MORE amazing than I thought it could! Cheap, Gorgeous, Year Round Flowers here I come! ;)

-White Crepe Paper (one roll goes a long way)
-Microwaveable Bowl and Plate that you don't mind painting on.
-Paint Brush, and Acrylic Paints in a few varying shades (I used Gypsy Pink, Melted Butter, and Seaside from "My Studio.") I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
-Clean Spray Bottle filled with Water.
-Hot Glue Gun

Cut your petals out. I like making my flowers look super realistic, so I cut the petals with the vein of petals flowing vertically.

With your bowl facing upside down on your plate, lightly spray the bowl's surface with water and place your petals on the bowl. Now you can start painting. If using a strong color, you may want to water down your paint. For this rose, I used a combination of pink and yellow, which, when blended, became a lovely coral. 

Once all your petals are painted, spray them to let the colors blend together. This part is so much fun! The more you spray off, the lighter the color will turn out. If you want the color to bled through to the non-painted side of the petals, then make sure to give them a good soaking.

To dry your petals, microwave on high for 3 minutes. I really soaked my petals, so they needed this much time to dry, but you may need less time. Check them every 30 seconds or so. 

When they are dry, they will peel off in a lovely concave shape. You can accentuate the petals, giving them the the lovely natural creases and ripples real petals have, by pressing them into the palm of your hand. 

To make a large rose, you need to start out with a large ring of petals. Just keep on gluing them together until you have a nice curvy circle. You want the rings to bend in, almost like a cup. 

Make 5 or 6 rings of petals, gradually getting smaller, with the petals overlapping more.

Add some curled up center petals & stack all your "layers" together to make one lovely rose.

It isn't the easiest or fastest craft, but it is certainly one of the most rewarding! I honestly can't get enough of these flowers! They are the prettiest ones I have ever made!


  1. Amazing tutorial! I cannot wait to try it out! Your flowers are beautiful and super realistic, I'm really impressed and excited to try this method out myself!!:)
    An Unblurred Lady

  2. Wow! These are amazing! Such a lovely craft. It would be a great way to brighten up a place without having the hassle of watering :)


    1. Thank you Jenni! I totally agree- year round blooms without all the work! XOXO

  3. Loved the roses and your method is very simple , even kids can do it easily .
    Thanks for sharing the art Hannah.

  4. wow these are beautiful!
    Where did you get the stem from?
    Thanks so much for sharing

    1. Thanks! The green stems were from Michaels, but I have used real stems from dried out flowers too (which are also pictured in this tutorial)

      Hope that helps! :)

  5. This is a great tutorial! Definitely gonna have to try this. I enjoy making coffee filter roses, so this should be fun. :)


  6. I've really enjoyed reading the things on your blog. You are an inspiration! :)


  7. They look amazing! I have trouble recreating them, however. As soon as I start adding paint to the crepe paper petals, they start tearing (since they need to be a little moist to stick to the bowl, which makes them very vulnerable). I tried painting them first, then sticking them to the bowl and spraying them. This seemed to work, however, after microwaving I couldn't remove them from the bowl because they sticked too much, and ended up tearing them all over again.
    Do you have a tip for me?

    Thank you!

  8. These are so beautiful I love your blog, Hannah. I get so inspired when I look at your posts!

  9. Thank you so much for this. I am making the flowers for my wedding and this is by far the best tutorial I have found.