Paper Rosettes for Your Wedding Party - Patrick & Colin

How to make paper rosettes for your wedding party to carry down the aisle

I have been helping Patrick and Colin for the last few months to plan their wedding. Because of their unique wedding party, they wanted an alternative to traditional floral bouquets. We landed on the idea of paper rosettes featuring their wedding colors - navy and green.

Not only will the splash of green pop against the wedding party's navy attire, the paper rosettes will also serve double duty. The grooms came up with an idea to engage the ceremony audience. The reverse side of the rosettes will reveal a cue word for the audience to laugh ("LOL"), swoon ("Aww") or celebrate ("Yay").

This was also a fun project for Patrick and members of his wedding party to do together. Follow these easy instructions to create paper rosettes for your wedding party.

What You Need

  • 11x17 Tabloid paper 32 lb weight printed double sided (1 sheet per rosette)
  • Wooden dowel
  • Ribbon
  • Paper cutter
  • Glue gun
  • Ruler
  • Self-healing cutting mat or scoring board
  • Scoring tool
  • 2 in. circle paper punch
  • Glue stick

How To

Step 1: Choose your design

There are a couple options for choosing the design of your rosettes. Pick a paper design that suits the theme of your event. We chose a bold, geometric design with the wedding colors. The circle inset is a tone-on-tone geometric design. This design was found on Etsy, but you can also make the design yourself using InDesign or Photoshop. Keep in mind that you want the design to seamlessly fit together. So a repetitive design is best.

Step 3: Print your paper

Because we intend to use the back side of the rosette as much as the front, we chose to custom print our paper. For a rosette 10 inches in diameter, use 11x17 size paper. The paper stock is also an important choice. You don't want it too thick that it is hard to fold, but also not too thin that the rosette doesn't stand up. We chose 32 lb stock. I would highly suggest printing your design full bleed. Unfortunately, the printer missed this part of the order so we spent a lot of extra time trimming the white edges of the paper. Plus, it threw off our dimensions - math is hard.

Step 4: Get ready for a lot of fractions!

Precise dimensions is key for your rosette to come out perfectly. Lucky for you, I'm going to tell you the dimensions. Of course, if you want your rosette to be a different size, you can adapt the ratio of these dimensions for smaller or larger sizes. Like I said - lots o' fractions!

  1. Cut the 11x17 sheet in half so that you have 2 sheets measuring 5.5x17. Remember if you didn't get your design printed full bleed the amount you trimmed off will affect this final size.
  2. Score fold lines every 0.5 inch using the short side (5.5 inch) of your half sheets.*
  3. Fold along the scores to create an accordion. You will want to overlap the ends of your accordion, so reverse the direction of your fold for the second sheet.

*It may seem like you don't need to score, but I highly recommend it. It makes folding much easier. Any craft store sells a scoring tool (looks like a knife but without a sharp edge). Scoring boards are handy if you do a lot of paper crafts. Otherwise, a self-healing cutting mat with measurement edge works just fine.

Step 5: Assemble your rosette

Now that you have two accordion fold sections, you will connect them by overlapping the short ends on each end to form a loop. I used a glue stick and let it dry for a couple minutes. Next, gently pull the sides of the loop together into the middle. You may need to fold the accordion into itself to get all sections to touch. Then, slowly push down in the middle so that the bottom slides outward to form a circle.

Ta-da! You have a rosette.

Last, you'll need to secure the middle of the rosette to keep it together. Holding the middle of the circle together, place hot glue around all edges of the accordion in the center. Repeat this on both sides. You may need to place something heavy on the edges to keep it from popping up. Let dry completely before handling.

Step 6: Add the trimmings

Using a 2-inch circle punch, create the center of the rosette and hot glue onto the center. Attach the wooden dowel to the back side of the rosette using hot glue also. Then tie ribbon around the top of the dowel for an added touch of whimsy.

Now you have a unique paper rosette for your wedding party to carry down the aisle! It was so much fun helping Patrick and Colin with this project.

Try out this project and tell us how you did in the comments!