DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

~ The Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series~


Once you make one of my DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose, you will want to cut it in your hands! Natural Garden roses have petals that cup the flower rather than curl out (as in standard roses). Full bloom garden roses are voluminous and full, and thus, are also known as “cabbage roses” because of their numerous petals. They are also often used in lieu of peonies in flower arrangements and wedding centrepieces when peonies are not in season.

I had a ton of fun making each of these roses. They are so forgiving. You don’t have to worry about gluing the petals in an exact place or formation. In fact, if I had more time, I would have liked to modify the templates so that each petal is unique. But I didn’t have time to worry about uniqueness, not with a 4-month deadline and 600 paper flowers.


I have to thank Lia Griffith for her DIY Crepe Paper Ombre Garden Roses post for which these garden roses are inspired. Her ombre garden rose petal template was a great starting point (and easy to cut over and over again!). I encourage you to explore her blog as she has numerous paper flower ideas and templates available for download (although it appears that you now have to have a paid membership).

I wasn’t entirely satisfied with how my own garden rose were turning out using Lia’s templates with the exception of the petal proportions (honestly, it was probably just me). Through trial and error, I experimented with different petals until I was satisfied with my version of a garden rose (full bloom, nonetheless!). I specifically designed my DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose with the following in mind:

  1. To create the illusion of natural depth, I used 2 colours of crepe paper in white and french vanilla;
  2. To increase the volume of the bloom, I applied no less than a total of 34 petals; and
  3. To recreate soft natural petals, I used 60 grams crepe paper and included notches on the petal edges.

What developed from the above considerations was a off-white full-bloom garden rose that very much resembled a peony, and which really complimented the actual peonies in my wedding centrepiece.


Before you start, here are my general tips regarding this DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose:

1. You can cut down the work by simply folding the crepe paper and cutting several layers at a time thereby cutting several petals at a time. For example, using my standard 20’’ by 7’, I cut 2 folds of crepe paper to make 18 of the extra-large petals. I first folded it in half lengthwise to 10’’, and then folded the 10’’ lengthwise again into 3 parts, and then the final strip into 3 parts. I also recommend cutting the templates on multiple layers of crepe as the edges becomes more frayed, which gives more life to the petals.

2. Do not be concerned about how straight you cut the petals or how closely your cut petals resemble the templates. In any event, once you shape the petals, any noticeable inconsistencies become less obvious. Even if there are visibly obvious inconsistencies, remember that real flower petals are all unique! In fact, the more unique, the more special.

3. The tighter the petals are to each other (i.e. more overlap), the more dense it will look and resemble garden roses.

4. If you want garden rose buds, you can stop at Step 4.

5. I prefer to turn the flower upside down when completing Steps 5, 6, and 7.

6. If you intend to use the garden rose for a paper flower arrangement, then you should not wrap the entire stem wire with floral tape. In fact, leave the bottom 1/3 of the stem uncovered so that the stem can easily be inserted into the floral foam. A wrapped stem will hinder the ease of insertion.

7. Templates for the petals (small, medium, large, extra-large) and the leaves can be downloaded here.

You can read my comments on the standard tools and materials in paper flower DIYs in my previous post, DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece: Planning).


And now for the DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose tutorial:



Check out my other DIY Paper Flower tutorials here:

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Carnation 2-Tone

DIY Crepe Paper Garden Rose

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea

DIY Tissue Paper Hydrangea – Improved

DIY Paper Flower Boutonniere

DIY Paper Flower Hanging Glass Globes

DIY Crepe Paper Flower Sweet Peas

And other helpful posts from my DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series here:

DIY Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Series: Planning

Purple and Gold Floral Wedding Centrepieces

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  • ZOctober 7, 2016 - 5:46 am

    These are beautiful! If I didn’t know they were made from crepe paper, I honestly would not have guessed that these roses were not real! I do hope you share more tutorials in the future! I’m really looking forward to seeing how you made your peonies! Maybe I can also persuade you to try your hand on making David Austin roses? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • JessieOctober 11, 2016 - 8:24 pm

      Hi Z – Yes these are crepe paper garden roses. I’m so happy to hear that you like my tutorials! I recently posted a tutorial, DIY Crepe Paper English Rose, which was inspired by 2 David Austin rose varieties, namely, the Wildeve and the Strawberry Hill. I hope you check that tutorial out. At some point, I will likely post one of my 2 versions of the Juliet Rose (another David Austin rose) just because it’s almost everyone’s favourite! No promises at this point, but very likely. =)ReplyCancel

  • SueOctober 15, 2016 - 11:24 pm

    These flowers are so gorgeous! Thank you so much for the templates. Can’t wait to make some! SueReplyCancel

    • JessieOctober 18, 2016 - 2:41 pm

      Hi Sue – You’re very welcome =) It’s one of my favourite roses.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherNovember 1, 2016 - 9:14 am

    Hi there! Thank you so much for this tutorial! These flowers are absolutely gorgeous and I plan to use these in my wedding centerpieces next summer. I wonder if you could share how many flowers you can make from one 20″ by 7′ piece of crepe paper? I’ll need at least 100 blooms, so I’m trying to get a handle on what I’ll have to purchase. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

    • JessieNovember 4, 2016 - 3:28 pm

      Hi Heather – I’m truly happy to hear that you enjoyed this tutorial. It’s one of my favourite flowers to make as they make a strong visual impact just on their own. Unfortunately I can’t tell you how many of these blooms you would be able to make with one roll of crepe…I suggest you cut your crepe into 3″ strips and that way, after you finish that one strip, you can kind of gauge how many blooms you make with each strip, and then with each roll. Good luck! They will make gorgeous wedding centrepieces.ReplyCancel

  • Cbucklin@earthlink.netJune 13, 2018 - 8:37 am

    Beautiful, a template would have been niceReplyCancel

    • JessieJune 16, 2018 - 1:39 pm

      You can download the template! You just click on “here” on the 7th point I make on the post.ReplyCancel

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