How to Make Crepe Paper Rosette

Written by erin ringwald
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Crepe paper rosettes have a very nostalgic feel. You can use them to make place cards for weddings, holiday craft projects, or prize ribbons. Your imagination is your only limit when it comes to your uses. By making your own rosettes, you will save money from buying them from craft stores or party stores. In addition, by making your own, you will have control over the size and the colours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stock card
  • Ribbon
  • Newspaper
  • Craft glue
  • Hole punch

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    Method One

  1. 1

    Use scissors to cut a two inch by 20 inch strip of crepe paper. The grain should run the short length of the strip. If desired, use decorative scissors, such as scalloped scissors, to cut one of the long edges. If you choose to do this, it will the top edge of your strip. The colour you choose is up to you.

  2. 2

    Use your right hand to hold the left side of the strip with the top edge pointing up. Fold the crepe paper strip in a fan like pattern, holding the pleats on the short edge between your thumb and forefinger. As you continue to fold the pleats, the crepe paper will start to take on a circular shape. Continue to create pleats until you have a complete circle. Cut off and throw away any additional crepe paper.

  3. 3

    Use a stapler to staple the centre of your circle. Be careful when you are stapling to avoid crushing your work. Place second staple in the centre so that the two staples form a "X". If you find that all the pleats are not holding, you can add another staple if needed.

  4. 4

    Use scissors to cut a one a half inch by 15 inch strip of crepe paper in a second colour. Trim the edge if you want with decorative scissors. Repeat steps two and three to create a second pleated circle.

  5. 5

    Use a hot glue gun to attach the two circles together. Place a spot of glue on the middle of the big circle and place the smaller circle on top of it, making sure it is centred.

  6. 6

    Cut a circle out of stock card that is smaller than the small circle. The size and colour of the paper is up to you. Glue this circle with a dab of hot glue to the centre of the smaller circle. You can use this circle to write on, if desired.

  7. 7

    Attach a piece of folded ribbon to the back if desired to resemble a prize ribbon. You can now use your rosette as a place card, prize ribbons, or anything you can come up with

    Method Two

  1. 1

    Cut an eight inch by 20 inch strip of crepe paper. Cut a strip of newspaper that is seven inches by 20 inches long. Cut another strip of crepe paper that is six inches by 20 inches long.

  2. 2

    Lay your eight inch strip of crepe paper on your work surface. Lay the newspaper strip down in the centre of your crepe paper and use craft glue to attach them to each other. Lay the six inch strip of crepe paper crepe paper in the centre of the newspaper and use craft glue to attach them to each other. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.

  3. 3

    Fold the crepe paper strip in a fan like pattern until you have folded the entire strip. Fold the completely pleated strip in half. Unfold and place a staple in the centre of the hold. Open up the pleats to make a circle. If they will not stay on their own, staple the pleats together where the two sides meet each other.

  4. 4

    Use a shaped hole punch to punch out a shape of your choosing from a piece of stock paper. Use a hot glue gun to glue this shape into the centre of your rosette. Use your completed rosettes for place cards or decoration.

Tips and warnings

  • Try changing the size of your crepe to create different sizes of rosettes.

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