How to Make Giant Paper Roses

Weddings and roses go hand in hand.

If you are planning a DIY wedding I'm going to show you how to make roses. I know, I know... you're thinking 'but doesn't nature make roses??'. Stay with me.

For a spin on wedding roses try super-sizing them... out of paper. Giant roses however, don't have to go hand in hand with giant weddings. Just the opposite is true. Making your own giant paper roses is an economical way to add flowers to your wedding, and with the sheer scale of them, they are sure to be a talking point.

The giant paper roses in this tutorial will look amazing with almost any wedding theme. Even if you haven't picked roses as one of your wedding flowers, a wall of giant paper roses will still make a show-stopping backdrop for a photo booth.

You can make the rose in any color. I've gone with an elegant and understated (if you can call 20" roses understated) white on white. But you can liven things up with pops of bright colors, use a contrasting color center, and just have fun with these.

Scroll to the bottom for some gorgeous ideas on how to use giant flowers, thanks to my dear friend Pinterest. A single giant rose would make an eye catching centerpiece, have your flower girls carry a single giant bloom, use them to decorate the alter, there are any number of ways to use these. And did I mention how economical these are if you make them yourself? You just need paper and tape, so go crazy and put enormous flowers everywhere!

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Step 1: Download, Print and Cut Template

Free petal template to make giant paper roses | Download & Print

Print off the free petal template, it's a 13 page document so make sure you have enough paper in your printer. You'll want to use paper that's heavier than standard copy paper, any weight up to 90lbs should work in your home printer without jamming, and you can use any color. Even consider printing the center stamen in yellow to contrast with the petals. Cut around the petals and along the line at the base.

Cut out the petals, the stamen and the base.

HINT #1: When cutting the circle for the base, keep your scissors still and turn the paper.

HINT #2: When cutting the stamen, first cut a circle using the edge of each long finger as the edge of your circle (cut close, you'll want to touch each long bit). Then cut V's in toward the center to finish the cut. This will give you crisp V's and make your life a whole lot easier.

Step 2: Shape Petals

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Make three stacks of petals according to their size, printed side up. Find something you can roll the petals around. I used my glue stick. You don't want to create tight curls, so a pencil will be too narrow, but something about a 1/2" in diameter will work well.

Curl the tip of the petal stack around your rolling tool, rolling about 2" of the petal tips. Move to the left of the tip and the right of the tip and repeat the roll. You are aiming to curl the petal tip from different angles to give it a more realistic look.

Curl each stack of petals, always toward the printed side.

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Step 3: Tape Petals

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Cross over the two flaps at the base of each petal, and secure with tape on the printed side. You'll end up making a V at the base of the petals. Try to keep this V the same size and shape on each petal. You'll end up making an S curve on the petal because of the curls you created in the last step.

Each petal should have the same S curve, with the petal tips curling down.

Step 4: Attach Petals

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Now lets start creating a flower from these random pieces of paper!

Lay the circle base down with the center circle up. The center circle is your guide which you'll use to lay the petals around.

Start with the biggest petals. Attach one large petal to the base using glue or tape, or a combination of both. On the first layer I like to put down a strip of glue on the base, then reinforce by tapping down the petal. You won't see the tape as more petals are going on top. You can also use a glue gun.

When you place the first petal remember to hug the center circle guide. Place the second petal opposite the first, also hugging the center circle. Then fill in either side with the two remaining petals.

Move onto the medium petals. These should be placed to hug the center circle, and also centered over two larger petals. You want to hide the join between two large petals. The second medium petal should be placed opposite the first, then fill in the sides just like on the large layer.

The small petal layer should start between two medium petals, hiding the join. Then go opposite and fill in the sides. Don't worry about tape showing as the stamen will hide this.

Always place the petals printed side down, they should have the same curve with the tips curling down.

Now your flower is really starting to take shape!

Step 5: Finish with the stamen

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The last step is to attach the stamen. Before adhering this I like to crumple it up a little to give it a more realistic finish. Fold the stamen in half then unfold, fold it in half the other way then unfold. Keep folding and creating creases until you are happy with the effect. Don't go for perfection!

Place a dot of glue in the center of the flower and stick down the stamen. Now go oooooh... so pretty!

If you plan on making multiple flowers to create a photo backdrop or other decorative element, grab your maids and make a fun night of it. Cut all the petals first and arrange them according to size. Curl them and shape them, then start assembling. If you use the production line method things will move along quickly.

And now for some pretty pictures to get you inspired. Thanks Pinterest!

Giant paper flowers wedding inspiration | Download & Print

1. Hey Wedding Lady | 2. 100 Layer Cake | 3. Intimate Weddings | 4. Maven Bride | 5. Storyboard Wedding | 6. via Pinterest

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114 thoughts on “How to Make Giant Paper Roses

  1. voula says:


    I love your work you are amazing.
    I am having problems down loading large paper rose template.
    Can you please send it to me.

    Thanks Voula

      • Norma says:

        Hi Lisa
        I am also having trouble
        Downloading this
        Can you please send it to my email
        Thank you
        I would really appreciate it

      • Michel-leigh says:


        I’m also having trouble with the download.

        I really love this but it is unfortunately too expensive to have made here in south Africa so I’ve decided to do it all myself.

        Could you please email me the template and if you have any others too if you don’t mind.

        Thanx so much.

        • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

          If you want to use our free template you will just need regular size paper, 8.5 x 11″ or if you are in Europe or Australia A4 will also work. These make about 20″ flowers, which are pretty big! If you want to create your own template and make bigger flowers a large drawing pad could be used as the paper quality is good though you can only get white. Depending on what you want to do with the flowers you could get away with a thinner paper, then you can find rolls of construction paper on Amazon in many colors.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Anna, what beautiful roses and how easy they are to make. Your work is outstanding. Will be making lots of them for my nieces wedding.

  3. Janet says:

    thank you so much for showing me how to create a giant flower, I loved your work and I wish to provide us with more different flowers template and show us how to prepare them by video, again your work is outstanding. I appreciate updated me with more new ideas by sending me emails.

    thanks a million

    Janet from Jordan

  4. Shengz says:

    Nice! How can i download the templates? Im having a hard time.. can you please email it to me? Thank you soooooo much!

  5. Swati says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Should I print this template on A4 paper or should I be enlarging it to A3 !
    Thanks for the tip on making the giant rose.

  6. Wanda Gilbrt says:

    Hello, Im trying to download this template but am having problems??
    Also, about have many sheets of paper do you need to complete one flower?

  7. Shirley says:

    Wonderful tutorial and templates. I don’t have a printer, so I just copied your template myself by using typing paper (you can see through) laid up on the computer screen and took a lead pencil and traced the all the patterns. Of course I had to use the page up and page down in order to get the full copy traced. But I love this pattern. You will end of with 4 templates of each petal size. There are 3 sizes. I love this. Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial. By the way it took me less than an hour to make this.

  8. Eddie says:

    fantastic, so easy to use. you rock! thanks for providing it for free too… alot of the ones i see online arent… this is gorgeous and your instructions were excellent. been burning my fingers with hot glue.. but you are using tape!! who knew? My fingers will thank you for this…lol… Thanks again! x

  9. Yvette says:

    Thank you very much for this free template Ms. Lisa. πŸ™‚
    I will just print it once, glued the printouts in a thick paper or a cardboard. Cut accordingly.
    And this will serve as my pattern for a giant paper rose.
    Can be use as a backdrop of our pre-nup pictorial or for photobooth.

    budget bride here ^__^

  10. Collette says:

    Love this rose but am unable to download the last page with the centres on it. Could you please send to my email ? Thank you.

  11. Whitney says:

    So beautiful! I am hoping to make some of these for a flower wall above my baby girls crib in her nursery! I cannot get the template to download though! Is there anyway you could please email it to me? Thank you so much!!!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Congrats on finishing the project! You could hang them numerous ways and it will depend on if you want to hang them permanently or temporarily. My first choice would be 3M Command double sided adhesive hanging strips. You can buy the strips in packs with hooks, or just get the strips by themselves as this is all you’ll need to hang the roses. If the roses are going to be hanging for a while you might want to use two adhesive strips per rose. To add interest you can try hanging some roses from the circle back, and some from the petals. This way they won’t all look perfectly symmetrical and more imperfect like real flowers.

  12. Michelle says:

    Will you make template in jpeg I have arthritis and can’t cut by hand I have a silhouette machine and would love to make this for my daughter wedding. It’s something different and I want it to be special. I came across your Pinterest page looking for something different and there you were. πŸ™‚

  13. Juliana says:

    Love your roses! I’m thinking of building up a paper floral wall as a decoration piece for my holy matrimony. I’m thinking of using both big and small roses. Thank you so much for providing the templates of the big roses for free. I’m thinking of creating small roses as well. May I know if there are any dimensions that I should stick to?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      What a great idea! You won’t need to scale the template precisely. As long as you have three different sized petals, or if you choose to make the flowers much smaller you may just want two sized petals, it will work out well. Send us a picture when you have finished!

  14. Debra says:

    Hello there, it was great coming across your giant flowers. I am in the mist of planning my 58th birthday and my theme is Diamond and Denim so to come across your flower I was thinking that they would make a great backdrop. My thoughts are to have some white and the different shapes of blue but making the centers with glitter.
    I was wondering if you have other flowers besides the roses as downloads?

  15. Renalyn says:

    Hi! It was my first time to make paper flower using your rose template for a baby shower. Printed it on pink colored paper. Everybody loved it! Thank you so much!

  16. Winnie says:


    Very happy to found this website. It helps me a lot. Thank you very much. I would like to post some photos to show you. But i do not know how to do the attachment thru here.

  17. Kathy Delfs says:

    Love Love Love these! So are there other ways to hang these for a large wedding backdrop? Will the double stick tape really hold them on and not do damage to a sheer fabric backdrop?
    (I submitted the wrong email too sorry on the other post)

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Kathy, thanks for your kind words! I’m so happy to hear you love the roses. I do not think the roses will stick to sheer fabric with double sided tape. If you are trying not to damage the backdrop perhaps you could hang the roses from the ceiling with fishing line. You could lay all your roses out on the ground and arrange them how you like. Any petals that are touching can be glued together, or for a better hold try an indiscreet staple, then use a few strands of fishing line to string the entire backdrop up. An easier and more secure way to hang the flowers would be a small nail through the center of each, but this is going to mark your fabric. Good luck!

  18. Candice says:

    Beautiful flowers and template is great. Just wondering, can you put multiple petal on one sheet for the smaller petals? Such as medium and small on one sheet? This would help on saving the amount of paper used and in turn saving a lot of trees πŸ™‚

    If possible, can you email me if its not too much trouble. Trying to make my daughters 1st birthday even more special!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Good idea Candice! I just emailed you the template and was able to put the smaller petals on shared pages. Unfortunately the medium and large petals are too big to share a page. Happy birthday to your daughter πŸ™‚ I’d love to see a picture of the party decor when you are done!

  19. Rebecca Lopez says:

    your instructions are fab!!! and I am thankful for you teaching this however
    I would love to download the file and make these for my daughters bridal shower but not sure why it won’t allow me to.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Rebecca! I am sorry that you are having trouble with the download. I just sent a copy of the template to your email. I’d love to see a picture of your decor when you are finished. Sounds wonderful!

  20. Jan Gaulding says:

    Hi, I love your paper rose template. It allowed me to download the file but I cannot seem to be able to print it out. It keeps wanting to save it as an excel file. Can you please send it to me or tell me what I need to do.
    Thanks so much.

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  22. Ximena says:


    Thank you so much for this tutorial and free templates! I used them to decorate my first birthday daughter’s party and I received a lot of compliments. I whish I could attach a picture for you to see my work.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Karla, thanks for stopping by! We only have one template to make large flowers. The large petals are approximately the size of a sheet of paper, so image four sheets of paper placed in a circle to get an idea how big the rose is. The template can be scaled down if you also want to make smaller flowers. You can use the medium and small petals, then create an extra small petal to finish them off. I hope this helps!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Tata,

      Thanks for stopping by Download & Print! Are you asking what sort of paper to use? You can use any paper that you like, any color, or even any pattern. I’d love to see a collection of these roses in patterned paper! I suggest using paper slightly thicker than regular copy paper so that the roses hold their shape better.

      I hope this helps!

  23. Florence says:

    Thanks a lot Lisa for providing this. I am using for my girl’s wedding. She grew up from our children’s home and I want to do something special for her. If you have any other patterns, can you send please?
    Thank you and God bless!

  24. Jen says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Beautiful flowers and excellent tutorial. I am unable to download the template. Can you email it to me? Also was wondering if I would be able to use the template with my cricut machine. I have really bad arthritis and have difficulties cutting with scissors. Thank you.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for stopping by Download & Print! I am sorry to hear you are having trouble with the download. I just emailed the template to you.

      The template is a PDF, as long as you can import this file type into the Cricut design software you will be able to use your Cricut.

      Kind regards,

  25. Donna Schlueter says:

    Hi Lisa, thanks so much for providing this tutorial. Super helpful! I, too, am having trouble with the download. Would you email the template to me? Thanks much.

  26. Karen Mrema says:

    Hi Lisa,

    This is absolutely beautiful and would definitely try this design for a baby shower I am putting together. Quick question though, if I want to arrange the flowers as a backdrop on a wall of a hall….how would I stick them on the wall so they don’t fall off?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      I’m glad you love it! 3M picture hanging strips will be strong enough to hold up the flowers and won’t damage the wall. I’d love to see a picture of your display! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram. Have fun with the project!

  27. sharon says:

    Hi and thank you for sharing the template and tutorial the flower is beautiful. Please can you tell me
    how many petals are needed for each size. Thanks in advance.

  28. Agnes says:

    Can you please email me the template. I am going to use it in my classroom. I plan to create a garden center or area for the children to go and play. I want to use big flowers and a tree. Your roses look awesome.

  29. Sara says:

    Very pretty.. thanks for sharing! I also could not download it can you email it to me please.. thank you again for sharing!

  30. Nuzhat says:

    hi, the template is very helpful. Do you have templates for other simple petal patterns, for giant backdrop flowers? this would be very helpful. I couldn’t find templates of simple petals for printing.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Nuzhat, I’m glad you like the template! Unfortunately we currently only have the template for the giant rose. We’ve been asked many times for other flowers though, so I’ll put this to Anna and see if we can come up with some more freebies πŸ™‚ Stay tuned.

  31. Karla Bozonier says:

    Hello- Do you have any other templates besides the rose one? if so, can you please email them to me?

    thank you!

  32. jen says:

    This is so amazing! I wanted to have those for my daughters 1st birthday party. Can you send me a template for the paper roses? Thank you so much and more projects to do. =)

  33. Favy Loeza says:

    Hello do you have more flower templates beside the one on this page. I would love to see more templates for other type of flowers to create. Can you please let me know if you can send those out to me or if I need to subscribe just to get the flower templates from you.

    Thank you

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Favy, thanks for stopping by! At this stage we only have the giant rose template available. We are always creating new templates so keep checking back as we may have what you are looking for.

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