How to Make Origami Roses With a Kitchen Paper Towel

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How to Make Origami Roses With a Kitchen Paper Towel
Fold napkins or paper towels into unique shapes for your next dinner party. (Silverwear and napkin image by Paul Hill from

Origami roses can be created out of almost any type of paper, including paper towels. These crafts are a fun way to pass the time, make great gift wrap embellishments or unique napkins for dinner parties. Learning how to make these roses takes some patience, but once you have the technique down, the process takes only minutes.

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  1. 1

    Lay the paper towel in front of you, with the back side facing you.

  2. 2

    Fold the top edge down 1 inch.

  3. 3

    Cut or tear the towel 1/2 inch down from the top edge, every 2 inches across the top of the towel. This will create individual petals.

  4. 4

    Place your index finger in the upper right hand corner, and begin to wrap the paper towel around your finger. The top edge you folded in step two will be the top edge of the petals of the rose.

  5. 5

    Wrap the towel once around your index finger. Insert your middle finger into the crease, and continue to wrap the towel around both fingers. Do the same with your ring finger.

  6. 6

    Wrap the towel twice tightly around itself at the bottom of your fingers to create the top of the stem. Don't remove your fingers yet.

  7. 7

    Carefully remove your fingers and fluff up the flower petals.

  8. 8

    Hold the flower by the top of the stem and pull the edge of the paper back, folding it in on itself once to create a leaf.

  9. 9

    Twist the remainder of the towel to finish the stem.

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