I just can’t make enough paper flowers! But today I’m going to switch gears a bit from my rolled paper flowers to show you how to create a giant paper flower. We’re going to make a huge Spellbound Rose, which is a lovely all-pink hybrid tea rose, and arguably one of the most beautiful roses in the world.
To design this giant rose, I took a real rose, removed all of its petals, scanned them into my computer, and traced each petal one in my design software. The end result is that each petal on my giant flower is unique and in a true rose petal shape. It worked really well, because the finished rose is spectacular! Here’s a quick preview of me making the rose:
I am sharing my design with you free, as well as a photo tutorial (for those who prefer to read) and an assembly video (for those who prefer to watch). You’ll find both a PDF (if you are cutting out your petals by hand) and an SVG/DXF file (for cutting machines) here on my blog.
I’ve set the cut file up for maximum ease and efficiency. If you are a Cricut user, all you have to do is download, unzip, upload to Cricut Design Space, place the design on your Canvas, and click Make it Now. You don’t have to worry about sizing, placement, or number of petals — I’ve got it all set up for you already. Easy peasy!
Some of you LOVE this Giant Paper Rose
If you make this Giant Paper Rose, snap a photo and hashtag it #jennifermaker — I’d love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter! Or you can send me photos at [email protected] and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos!
Here is a pretty-in-pink giant rose made by reader amygonnacraft:
Here are some lovely giant roses made by reader Tarah Steele — she used the rose petals with some fringe to make a new flower, too!
Here is a beautiful rainbow arrangement of giant roses made from this pattern by reader Valerie Friedel for a fiesta-themed shower– so very pretty!
Here is a fun giant spellbound paper rose posted on Instagram:
So enough talk — let’s make some giant flowers already, shall we? Some of the links below are Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials Needed for a Giant Rose
- 17 sheets of light pink 8.5 x 11″ 65 lb. cardstock (I used two packs of Core’dinations Parisian Nights)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Something to roll your petals with, such as a marker
- A way to cut out your petals (THIS is what I use that makes it fast and easy to cut out all the petals!)
- My pattern or SVG/DXF/PDF files (they are available free from my resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
How to Make a Giant Spellbound Rose
First, cut out your rose petals using my PDF pattern (for hand cutting) or SVG/DXF file (for machine cutting). My design produces eight 8″super large petals, eight 7″ large petals, eight 5.5″ medium petals, six 4″ small petals, two sets of rosebud petals, and one 3″ base. These will create a 14″ rose. If you’d like a larger rose, you can use a 4″ or even a 5″ base (just cut one out from a spare sheet of cardstock — no one will see your base, so it’s not important if it is a perfect circle). If you’d like a smaller rose, either use fewer petals or reduce the size of ALL the petals before you cut them out.
Here is my design file uploaded to Cricut Design Space. Don’t worry about how they overlap here — all the petals are in there. They will all cut out properly when you click the Make It Now button.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG file to Cricut Design Space, or you’re having issues (such as getting a message that says “unsupported file”), please watch my free training series, The Joy of SVGs. It will help you SO much!
Once you click Make it Now, Cricut will put the flowers onto 17 mats. Just keep cutting!
Cricut Tip: Cut your files out in Cricut Design Space using a standard blade and your mat set to “Cardstock, Solid Core.” It will take about 20 minutes to cut your petals.
Watch the full-length tutorial on how to cut and assemble this giant rose:
Next, create the cupped shape of each rose petal by gluing the bottoms. To do this, put a line of glue right next to the slit at the bottom of a petal, then overlap the petal on the other side of the slit over it. This creates an indent, just like a real rose petal. In fact, if you look at the scans of my rose petals above, you can see how they are split open at the top or the bottom when flattened — we’re mimicking this in our paper petals to achieve the same shape. Do this with all of your super-large, large, medium, and small petals.
Now you need to shape the outer edge of each petal. Use your marker or other smooth, round tool to roll the edges or your petal around it, holding it in place for a second or two. When you remove the marker, the edge will be curled. You can curl both sides of the petal, or just curl the top. I recommend you curl the petal outward, not inward, but feel free to experiment.
Next, we create the rosebud. I’ve attached the rosebud petals together on their own base to make it easier for you. Start by applying glue to the underside edge of one of the petals, fold it up toward the center, take the petal directly across from it, and curl them around each other. Leave about 1/2″, or about the diameter of your index finger. Now glue the other two petals up and around the first two, but don’t do it too tightly — leave about 1/2″ of space between each petal as your glue it.
Glue the first assembled rosebud shape to the second set of four petals, and continue gluing each set of petals up and onto the rosebud. Again, leave about 1/2″ of space between each petal for the prettiest rosebud. When done, set aside.
Now let’s start building up the flower itself. Begin gluing each petal, starting with the super-large petals, onto the outer edge of your base. To do this, put a short line (about 1″) of hot glue at the outer edge of the underside of your petal and press down onto your base. Glue the next petal right across from the first one. The third one goes in-between the first and second. And the fourth one goes directly across from the third. This forms a four-petal layer, just like a on a real rose, which tends to have its petals arrayed like this. The only difference is we’re not overlapping them in order. But we do this on purpose to keep our giant rose balanced as its easier to place them across and between each other than it is to put them in perfect 90 degree angles from one another.
Continue placing layers of petals on your base, from super-large to large to medium.
When you get to the small petals, glue on one layer of small petals (four total).
With your other two small petals, attach them directly to your rosebud rather than to the giant flower . Things start to get pretty tight at this point and it’s just easier to do it this way. Also, I recommend you curl these two last small petals inward, toward the rosebud.
Now put a generous amount of hot glue on the bottom of your rosebud. Position the rosebud inside your giant rose, and press down well to set it. You don’t want your rosebud falling out on you!
Voila! You have a spectacular —and gigantic — Spellbound Rose to decorate with to your heart’s content. Put them up on your walls, make a floral valance over a window, create a photo backdrop for a party, or use them as centerpieces.
Free Pattern and Cut Files for the Giant Paper Rose
Get the password for the library with the free pattern and SVG files here by filling out this form:
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