Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tutorial - Pleated Paper Rosettes

The other day I got an email from Becky over at Heart in my Hand asking me how I make the Pleated Paper Rosettes that I used on my Bits & Pieces Collage. These are such popular embellishments lately that I thought I would put together a little tutorial on how to make them.

~ Pleated Paper Rosettes ~

Basic Supplies:

  • One 12"x1" strip of heavy weight decorative paper
  • Two 1-inch circles cut from heavy weight decorative paper
  • One cardstock or chipboard star covered with glitter
  • Glue gun
  • White craft glue (not pictured)
    STEP #1 - Accordian-fold the 12" x 1" strip of decorative paper every 2/8" - 3/8" until the entire strip is pleated like pictured above. Yes, this is the same pleat folding that we used to make those paper fans when we were kids!

STEP #2: Apply some hot glue to one end of the pleated paper. (Hot glue works best for this because it is strong and dries fast.)

STEP #3 - Gently bring both ends together until they meet forming the rosette. This is the trickiest part of the whole process because the rosette will want to keep popping up until you complete the next step. (Through trial and error I have found it is best to keep your finger on the center while you form the rosette shape.)

STEP #4 - Apply a little hot glue to the center of the rosette while gently pressing the sides in so that the pleat folds meet in the center as pictured above. Hold this position for a few seconds until the glue has completely dried. STEP #5 - Next, add a little more hot glue and apply one of the 1-inch paper circles to the center of the rosette. (I used paper from an old book, but you can use a coordinating decorative paper for this as well.) STEP #6 - Now turn the rosette upside down and glue the second 1-inch paper circle to the middle of the rosette back, just like in Step #6. Doing this helps to stablize the rosette and keep it from popping up.

STEP #7 - Turn rosette back to the front side and apply a little white craft glue to the center of the 1-inch circle and . . .STEP #8 - Press the glittered star into the glue and voila - you have just completed your pleated paper rosette! Ta-da!!!

VARIATIONS - You can use other things to embellish the center of the rosette such as buttons, rhinestones, round epoxy stickers, paper flowers, etc. You can also skip the 1-inch circle and just hot glue a larger glittered chipboard star like I did on my Bits & Pieces Collage, shown below. Notice also that I cut one edge of the 12" x 1" decorative paper with picking shears to create a decorative outer edge on the rosette.

If you decide to make some of these rosettes, be sure to leave a link to your photo in the comments section of this post 'cause I'd love to see what you create. . .Have fun!


  1. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Nice tutorial!

  2. thank you for sharing that, so pretty!!

  3. love the tutorial---i will have to make some of these!
    jeanne, also thank you for the comments on my last post. the truth of it is exactly what you said---the memories are in my heart. that you took the time to share your thoughts means so much-thank you.

  4. Thanks for the GREAT tutorial! I definitely want to try this. BTW, Do you have a punch for those cute circle shapes you use in the centers?

  5. Yes, that is a punch I used for the circle. It's from the Martha Stewart line at Michael's.

  6. Hi Jeanne, thank you so much for the great tutorial!
    I loooove these sweet lil pleated pretties!
    I bet I will be makeing them sometime soon!

    Glad the tussie mussie arrived in one piece and that you love it! I have plans to make one just like it for me...
    I have the perfect spot for it in my bedroom filled with pink roses!

    Hugz, Dolly

  7. Thank you for taking the time to post this. I always make rosettes out of velvet ribbon and I'm not sure I could have figured out how to do it with paper. If I did, it wouldn't be this pretty. I'm going to do this.

  8. oh i get so excited when you do these tutorials!!
    love paper to try one!

  9. Jeanne, thanks for the tutorial. have to try and find the time to have a go at making one.
    Thanks Alison

  10. Thanks for the teaching...I will make some this weekend, or try anyway!

  11. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing. I found your instruction on a google search.

    thanks again

  12. Great tutorial. I love the look of these rosettes and have seen them on many projects. They remind me of fabric yo-yo's and have a great throwback feel to them. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi, I am so pleased I found your blog, I have been looking everywhere for how to make these! I am new to paper crafting, now I can join the many people who love making these......

    Priscilla x

  14. Such a great tutorial, I had to come back and leave a comment, thanks for doing this!
    All the best!

  15. thank you for the tutorial, exactly what i was looking for!

  16. thank you so much! I wasn't even sure what to call them, much less make them! You are so sweet to see the need and fill it :) Wish there were more people in the world like that! have a great holiday :)

  17. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I hope that you won't mind that I'm planning to share a link to this on my blog tomorrow.
    I hope you're having a merry holiday season.

  18. Thank you very much for this. I've been having the hardest time keeping mine together- HOT GLUE...
    I should have known! Thanks again!!

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  20. I am thinking of making the rosettes out of newsprint or sheet music to use as part of the decor on a 4th of July wreath I am entering in our county fair. Thanks for showing the way! Lynne

  21. Anonymous10:47 AM

    Wow! I had so much fun. Who knew you making these rosettes would be so easy. I've always wanted to make them, but they seem way tooooo difficult. Your photos and instructions were perfect!! Thanks for taking the time to post! (August 2009)

  22. I'm so happy to hear that you all are enjoying this post!

  23. I just found your site by doing a google search on paper rosettes. Great tutorial! I think I can do this now!

  24. I did it! Check out my link.


  25. just found this by searching how to make paper medallions. most of the tutes i've seen have u glue the ends of the strip 2gether to make a pleated circle and then , push it down to flatten it into the medallion. everytime i've tried that method, it rips on me! i'm going to try ur way now. do u know if the folds have to be a certain width to make it work? i've tried 1/4" and 1/2 " and both ripped. i need bigger medallions becuz i'm putting them in the center of my music sheet wreaths. any help u can give would be appreciated. my email is; thanks!


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