Rose paper flowers can be made with crepe paper, tissue paper and even coffee filters. The easiest method is to make them with coloured tissue paper, the kind used for gift packaging. Tissue paper roses are simple enough to make with kids. The roses will be of the old-fashioned, cabbage rose variety.
You will need tissue paper, available at stationery and craft supply stores, pipe cleaners, scissors and a ruler. These roses are a good way of recycling tissue paper from gifts. Choose coloured tissues to match your favourite rose varieties, in shades of red, pink, lavender, white and yellow. For the stems, use green pipe cleaners. If you wish to add scent to your roses, have some rose-scented perfume or essential oil on hand.
For inspiration, look at photographs and illustrations of roses. Make roses based on nature or create fanciful roses from your imagination. When selecting tissue think about the subtle variation of colour in a rose--a yellow rose, for example, may have tinges of red in it.
Cut the tissue paper into rectangular strips in a 1-to-2 proportion. For example, cut strips measuring 6 by 12 inches or 4 by 8 inches. The width of the strip will determine the final width of the rose. Each rose requires five or six strips of paper.
To make a rose, stack five or six strips of tissue on your work surface. Try varying the colours in the stack. Keep in mind that the sheets on the top of the stack will become the centre petals of the rose.
Fold the stack of tissues accordion-style, into equal-sized segments, down the length of the strip. If your stack is 12 inches long, you'll make 12 1-inch folds. With your scissors, trim the short ends of the folded strip into rounded shapes. This will create the petals of your rose.
Fold the accordion strip in half lengthwise. Using your fingertips, pinch each layer together, starting at the top layer, so that the layers hold the folded position.
Wrap the end of a pipe cleaner around the fold you just made, and twist to secure. Hold the flower tightly from the bottom, pinching together the pipe cleaner loop with your fingers. Separate the layers of tissue to create the petals. Be careful not to rip the tissue. Pinch together the centre petals to help conceal the pipe cleaner. Spread the outer layers of tissue to form a rounded rose shape.
Scent the roses with a dab of perfume or essential oil if you wish. Display your roses in a vase, or create a hand-held bouquet by wrapping the stems with a decorative ribbon.