Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tutorial: Rosettes (For Miri)

Just a quick little tutorial on how to make the little rosettes we see so often.

Step 1
Cut a strip of paper 23cm long by 3cm wide and ink one long edge thereof.
Step 2
Use a pencil and make marks .5cm apart all along the uninked egde of the strip of paper and then use a scorer to score lines from the top to the bottom using the little marks as a guide (as illustrated below.)

Step 3
From one end start folding your strip of paper in a concertina style along the score lines as below.

Step 4
Glue the ends together ensuring that you don't break the pattern of the concertina as below. Miri, I usually use acid-free clear Bostik to glue the ends together.

Step 5
Once the ends are glued together your rosette will now resemble a cookie-cutter. Leave the glue to dry.

Step 6
While you're waiting for the glue to dry you can cut two circles  with a diameter of  3.5cm each.
Step 7
If you're sure your glue is dry you can now fold/twist the cookie-cutter towards the inside which means the uninked edge will form the inner circle of your rosette as below.

Step 8
Glue one of your circles onto the centre of the back which will keep your concertina folds together nicely as below. Wait for it to dry. Again, I use the acid-free clear Bostik for this and it dries quickly too.

Step 9
Glue the remaining circle on to the front. You may ink the edges of your circle first if you so wish. Leave it to dry.

Step 10
Embellish your rosettes however you wish. Here are just a few examples I made with some scrap paper.

Enjoy and have fun!!


  1. This flower is fabulous. Thanks for the tut on how to make it!!!!

  2. these are just awesome. I have a TH die to make them but it is sitting idle. I need to remedy that! Thanks for coming by with your lovely well wishes!