Crepe Paper Rose Wreath Tutorial

Hi everyone. I wanted to share a tutorial with you all for the wreath that I created to put on my shutters. I have seen something like this on a couple different blogs and thought it would be super cute to create for the shutters. I followed this tutorial on the House of Smith’s Blog- Hanging Roses, on how to create the flowers. Believe it or not, they are made out of paper streamers!
(Note: For some reason blogger decided to flip some of my pictures and I have done everything to try to correct them and can’t. So there are a few you will have to just turn your head to view the picture the correct way- SORRY!)

The How-To:

Here are my supplies:
-A glue gun- I used a low temp glue gun (so I didn’t fry my fingers off!)
-Roll of streamers in your choice of color
-A wreath form
-And not picture- ribbon

To start:
Cut or tear the streamers into 24 in strips. I recommend tearing a bunch or a whole roll before you begin that way you have them all done already and won’t have to keep going back to do it.

Crumple up the strips to add more texture to the roses. Then straighten them back out.

To Begin the Roses:
Roll one end of the strip 3 or 4 times. Add a small dot of glue to hold. I added just a little bit of glue near the edge right where my thumb is in this picture.
(TIP: I HIGHLY/STRONGLY recommend that you practice making your rose before you start gluing. It took me about 5 or 600 times of playing around for me to actually like what the rose looked like or even understood what to do. They will even get better as you go.)

(Turn your head here.)
I then just twisted the strip and placed it where I wanted the petal to be. Start off a little tighter than slowly loosen up the petals to be like a real rose. As I went, I would add a dot of glue to hold it all together.
(Turn head here)
This is just a picture to show how I twisted the strip.
(Turn your head again)
It is now coming together. Twist and place with one hand, while you hold it with the opposite. Again- glue as you go
This is about halfway through my flower. Continue twisting, placing and gluing.
(Sorry-turn your head again for the next 2 pics)
As you go, a point will be created on the backside of your flower. As I made the petals, I worked my way down this point, like a stem.
View of the stem
This picture is a little hard to tell what it is but it is a side view of the flower to show you the twists and how to work it way down the stem.
Backside of the flower.
This is my flower complete. I had some loose spots of paper when I was finished so I just added a few dots of glue where needed to clean it up a bit. But the stem will either disappear or you will have some of it still showing, depending on how loose you make your petals. You can leave the stem and just glue it down or carefully tear it off. Your preference, but I left mine.
Here is my completed flower.
I made a few flowers at a time before I started gluing them to my wreath form.
To hang, I just tied a ribbon around the wreath form before I began gluing the flowers down.
I then just glued the flowers directly over the ribbon to hide it.

Work your way gluing the roses around the wreath form. Be sure to glue them close enough to hide any gaps so your can’t see the form between the roses.

I started at the top to hide my ribbon but then made rows starting in the center and working my way to the outside.
And here is an up close shot of my finished wreath. I actually sat it outside in the sun for a few minutes to let it fade a little because the blue was just a little to bright for the other colors I had in our living room.
And this is what I did with it. And LOVE it.

Good luck to you if you decide to make your own Crepe Paper Rose Wreath. Hope you can understand my directions! If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to help!

Linking to:
The Shabby Chic Cottage: Transformation Thursday
The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday

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  • Debbie
    June 24, 2010 at 12:55 am

    That is so cute….you need patience for that! Your pictures turned out fine here…I did not have to turn my head at all….

  • Nicole Durtschi
    June 24, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Your wreath turned out so good! I've been wanting to try out the paper roses, but have been scared! I think I will give it a try tomorrow though. Love the entire display with the shutter and the orange frames. I saw on your blog that you just got stationed in KY. How do you like it? We just got stationed at Ft. Bragg in NC and it has been quite an adjustment! We are from WA State and the humidity here is killing me! I really enjoyed reading your blog!

  • Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys
    June 24, 2010 at 3:54 am

    It looks great, especially on the old chipy shutter you hung it on!!

  • Linda
    June 24, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Such a charming wreath~ thanks for the tutorial!

  • Rene @ cottage and vine
    June 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I want that wreath! It is beautiful!


  • Jess
    June 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Love me some HOS'. Shelly is so stinkin' creative. I love your wreath. When I first saw Shelly's hanging roses, I immediately thought what a beautiful wreath that would make. And I heart those shutters. Swooning. LOL.
    Came over from Transformation Thursday @ SSC

  • Vanessa
    June 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    That is so darling! I love it! the whole set up with the shutters is great.

  • One Cheap B*tch
    June 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I just cannot believe that beautiful wreath is from crepe paper! It's gorgeous!!!!!!!


  • Jessica @ My Quarter Life Crisis
    June 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    holy patience. i think even if i had 300x's the patience i have i still wouldnt be able to complete this. its perfect! love where u have it hung as well πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ My Quarter Life Crisis
    June 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    holy patience. if i had 300xs more patience then i do i still dont think i could complete that. so gorgeous and love where its hung:)

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage
    June 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Gorgeous!! And those shutters are amazing!!

  • Ann @ makethebestofthings
    June 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Love your wreath! I'm gonna have to make one! The whole display with your shutters and pics is wonderful.

  • June
    June 25, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I love this. I have a square wreath just waiting to be decorated. I think I'll be looking for lots of crepe paper!

  • Laura @ Just For Love
    June 25, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Girl, you are creaaaative!!! That wreath is beatiful and totally looks expensive. I would've had NO clue as to how it was made w/out this tutorial! This is probably one of the most creative things I've seen out in blog-land the past few weeks. I truly mean that, too.

    I linked before/after you over at Frugal Friday. Really nice to meet you : ). I'll be following your blog.

    Happy Friday!

  • freckled laundry
    June 25, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for the VERY cute idea. I'm going to have to make one (I'm thinking white crepe paper and gray watercolor on the edges of the roses). I'll be sure to link to you on my new blog when I do. It'll be a few weeks!

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    June 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    You entire display is just so pretty. I love the wreath. I've played with crepe paper roses and they are NOT the easiest thing to make. Yours look fab! I love that you faded the paper. It looks even better!

  • Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    June 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    This turned out so cute! I love what you did — and that color blue is amazing. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial!

  • Boom
    June 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    really clever and does take lots of patience, but it is well work it. Thanks for sharing

  • Diana
    June 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I found you from the Shabby Nest link party. I love this idea! Can't wait to get some crepe paper and try it out. Thanks for sharing your project.

  • Charlene Austin
    June 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Seriously….WOW! I lovey it.

  • Mine for the Making
    June 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Totally thought the roses were made out of fabric at first glace! LOVE THIS!!

  • Rosebud and Bluebells
    June 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    This is so amazing, Not sure if I have the patience to try it but thanks for the inspiration. It looks amazing on your shutters.

  • Alison
    June 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    What a FUN idea!! I'm so going to try this out. Such a classy wreath. Thank you for the tutorial! Have a super weekend!


  • Amy @ Positively Splendid
    June 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! A huge congrats to you on your CSI overall win!

  • Heather
    June 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Wow that turned out so cute love it, great job!

  • M.O.T.B
    June 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    This beautiful and dainty. I probably won't copy it because it won't look that good. YOu did such a great job.

  • Emily
    June 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Love this!! I am going to try to make one soon! πŸ™‚

  • vintagesue
    June 27, 2010 at 2:34 am

    oh my gosh…..that is the sweetest wreath!!!!! looks like a lot of work, but well worth the effort. i just adore those blue roses!!
    thanks for the tutorial.

  • Christy
    June 27, 2010 at 7:39 am

    You're wreath is gorgeous! I love it on the shutter backdrop.

  • Meghan
    June 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    How gorgeous is this!

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    June 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    This is beautiful. I love its simple elegance. It looks like something you'd find in a high end boutique.

  • Kelly@TearingupHouses
    June 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    This turned out so cute, and there are so many things you could use this idea for! Plus, it's inexpensive!


  • Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    June 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Allison, Your wreath is gorgeous! I love working with the streamers – so inexpensive and super cute! Fantastic job. I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks for joining the Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Robyn
    June 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Your wreath is gorgeous…how many paper roses did you end up gluing to the wreath? I feel like bursting into a tune of Marie Osmonds "paper roses" lalala…LOL!

  • liene
    June 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Soooooo Lovelyyyyyy….now i know what i will do with lefovers from crepe paper!
    Hello from Sweden!

  • Alison
    June 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I adore your wreath so much that I featured it today on my Wednesday's Wowzers. Here is the link:

    Thank you so much for your inspiration. Have a fabulous day!


  • Jax @ AlyandAsh
    June 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Stunning! I am definitely adding this to my "to-do" list! I will link back when I make it! I just love it!

  • Denissa
    June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Your wreath turned out BEAUTIFUL!! I love it :)Love it on the shutter too. I'm not too sure if I have the patience to make paper roses,but would love to try πŸ™‚

  • Red Head
    July 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I was a little worried at first, when I saw the bright blue, but it looks adorable! You can't even tell what it's made of, once it's finished!

    Great job!

  • Kari @ Ucreate
    July 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    So excited to see the wreath tutorial!! Your project definitely kept standing out to me in the CSI project! FABULOUS JOB!

  • Lori Belle
    July 2, 2010 at 4:15 am

    so, so cute! It's easy, cheap and so adorable! Can't wait to make it!!

  • kati
    July 2, 2010 at 5:39 am

    What a great tutorial…. I this up to my blog… hopefully it will inspire more to make such cool items!!

  • Liz @ LivingMySweetLife
    August 18, 2010 at 3:33 am

    i love this so much i ran out and bought some crepe paper and a wreath form! It's too bad I can't get my crepe paper to look like a rose! lol, I will keep trying until I get it, THANK YOU for the wonderful idea!

  • kathie
    October 11, 2010 at 1:48 am

    That is so adorable! You did a fabulous job on it ~ you must be a very patient person, but it was worth every second!

  • Davis and Laura
    October 11, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Wow! This is so adorable!!! I'm you newest follower and fan!!! πŸ™‚

  • Funky Junk Interiors
    October 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

    This is one of my alltime fav wreaths I've ever seen. Just LOVE it!!


  • Mod Podge Amy
    October 14, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I love this! Blue is my favorite color.

  • KelleeLyn
    October 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I found your blog through Mandy's Yellow Corner and I LOVE all your tutorials!! I'm gonna make them, for sure! I have also linked up to you on my latest blog post because I loved your stuff so much! I am also a milblogger πŸ™‚

    So glad I found your blog!

  • Steph @ somewhatsimple
    March 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Just Stumbled Upon this and I love it!

  • Waseem
    May 16, 2012 at 4:48 am

    How you dΓ©cor the wreath on the shutter….it's amazing.

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  • dr.tara
    March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Hello – I love this wreath. Can I ask about how many rolls of paper you used and about how many flowers you had to make? I so love this but wonder if I have the time to do it. I have four little boys and work full time from home which translates into no sleep but having pretty things around my home makes me happy so I press on:)