Tutorial for making paper rosettes

Patriotic Rosette Garland

Patriotic Rosette Garland

It seems like forever since I have posted on this blog and can also see that I need to do some major cleaning here! But before I get to doing housework I wanted to share with you. The other day I posted this Patriotic Garland on my Face Book page and was asked, “How do you get the rosettes so tight?” Well, I decided that this would be the perfect posting for you and if people continue to ask me questions then I will find more than enough incentive to be a diligent blogger!

So … how to make paper rosettes.

I have learned many tips and short cuts for making these fun little things. As I said on FB, who would have thought that all of those paper fans I made as a little girl would be the steps for making a cool decoration! To make your rosettes decide what papers you will be using and then get all of the scoring done at the very beginning.

Step 1

Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or the scoring blade on your Stampin’ Trimmer and score the paper every 1/2 inch. If your paper has a pattern such as a strip or chevron give thought as to how you want the rosette to look and score the paper appropriately. Many people tell you to score one side of the paper every 1 inch and then flip it over and do the 1/2 inches (in between), I just do all of my scoring on one side.Step 1.1

Step 2

Determine the size of the rosettes that you are wanting. Divide the diameter in half and then cut strips for that radius measurement. Example: I want a 3 inch rosette. Divide 3 in half and I get 1 1/2 inches. I cut my strips 1 1/2 inches wide.

Unless you are making very small rosettes you will need 2 strips of paper or card stock that are 12″ in length.

Step 3

This is called fan-fold 101! Fold your strips back and forth … but wait! When you are starting your second strip, begin your fold in the opposite direction of the first strip.

Step 3

Step 4

Add a strip of sticky strip to the valley side of the 2 ends of one strip.

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Step 5

You will attach the 2 strips together. I hold one strip with the fold of the end in one hand.

And then I tuck the end of the other strip into that area and fold it over on top of the sticky strip.

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Step 6

Punch a hole in the bottom pleats of the rosette. I do this by taking 2 folded sections and punching through them using the 1/16″ circle punch. You can see in the second photo that I line the side of the punch with the edge of the rosette and the top of the punch at the fold of the next pleat.

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Step 7

String the rosette! Now I have a photo here of a tool that I use for oh so many things. This is a floss threader, and you can purchase them in the oral hygiene aisle at the store. I use these for stringing bakers twine through buttons, working on rosettes, anywhere that I need to thread floss through a small hole! So, thread the floss holder with Whisper White Bakers Twine and then thread it through every hole you have punched in the rosette. ** I start from the front and at a pleat where the two strips were connected.

Step 7 tool tip Step 7.1 Step 7.2

Step 8

Pull the string tight. As you do this you need to make sure that the rosette lays flat on your work surface. If you find that it doesn’t want to lay flat then loosen the twine and push it down onto the flat surface and pull the string tight again.

Step 8

Pull the twine tight and tie it into a knot. Then trim the tails of the twine but be careful to NOT cut it too close or you may end up needed to thread it all again!

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Voila! You now have a fantastic and tight rosette …. and you didn’t have to use hot glue to hold it together!


Now it is your turn … give it a try and let me know what you think of this rosette technique. Leave a comment below!

Happy Stamping!















One Comment

  1. Comment by Denise Smith:

    Love the rosettes in the garland. Seems simple enough when going through your directions. Will have to give it a try very soon.

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