Large Paper Roses

I found this large paper rose when I was trying flowers for flower week  few months ago, but I could never figure out how it went together.  Well I did it!  And wow is it beautiful.  

Keeping with the new blade theme I also made it with the wavy blade and it turned out beautiful too. (Only the petals are cut wavy.)  The finished rose is about 6 inches across.  Actually, making it bigger is a little easier. The difficult part is putting this flower together.

What you will need:
          • 2 sheets cardstock for the petals
          • liquid glue 
          • glue gun
          • scrap of green cardstock
          • Optional:  wavy blade and cricut maker
          • Download File
          • Lots and lots of patience
Cutting the Flower

The roses can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock. I cut them all from plain paper, but you can cut them from patterned paper if you want. The leaves really should stay green since this is a distinctive characteristic of flowers.  Your imagination is your only limit.

The petals at this size will take 2 pieces of cardstock and it should be 2 sided cardstock.  

If you want the wavy petals just use the wavy design space file or change the SVG file  petals to wavy once it is uploaded.  You will need the maker and the wavy blade.

Assembly
This is not an easy flower to put together.  The bigger you make it though, the easier it is.  The first stem is to glue the petals.  Glue them so that the two pieces exactly overlap at the end.  This is very important, and I will tell you why in a minute.  The finished petal should look like this:
Glued petal of the paper rose

When you have all 15 petals glued, set them aside and let them dry.  

Flower Center

Then get the weird shaped piece with only 2 cut lines in it.  This is the center of the flower.  Roll it several times to get it accustomed to being rolled.  Hold it just the way it appears in the file, with the little hump to the left.  Wrap that piece so that the right side (the big hump) is rolled inside and put the tab through the slot furthermost away from it.  Then wrap the other end all the way around and insert the tab in the other slot.  It should look like this

Attaching Petals

If you count them the other weird piece has 15 horizontal slits and one diagonal larger slit.  I bet you already realize that the petals go through these 15 slots.  First roll the piece with the slits to relax the paper.  Then make sure all the slits are cut.  Sometimes the cricut may not cut all the way through.  Stick a pointy tool through them to make sure.

Start at the top with the smaller petals and work your way down.  Insert the glued end through the slit.  This is why you needed to glue them just right, so they would go through the slit.  When you are done it should look like this

You can glue the tabs down with some liquid glue after all the petals are inserted.  I really really recommend that you glue them.  Use a glue gun if necessary.  Don’t glue them until you are done inserting ALL the petals because you could accidentally glue a slit closed.

Rolling the flower

Now you can roll the flower up with the part with no petals on the inside.  Put some glue on the tab  and put it through the big slot.  The other center piece you made goes in the center.

The green piece is wrapped around the base and the tab fits in the slot.  This is not that easy and you may have to fudge it a little and squeeze the bottom of the flower.  With the glue gun, glue the flap over the bottom of the flower.

Once everything is attached and you are sure the glue will hold, bend the flower petals and leaves out and curl the ends if you want.  (I liked them as is so I didn’t.)

And your rose is done!

I have to give special thanks to Janis at Her Paper Element.  Her video tutorial taught me how to make these flowers.  I changed her instructions a bit because I found an easier way. But if you want to see her video, it is here.  Warning it is 26 minutes long and all the kids and phone noise is annoying.

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