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Paper Roses




Resources: "Van Gogh" brand water color paint. Green fibrous paper used to make sepals and leaves is from paper zone, For the Princess Diana rose base color, we used a diluted cream (a mix of "white" and "yellow ochre"); for the tips and edges, use diluted "permanent rose." for the Peace Rose base color, use diluted "cadmium lemon yellow" and "titanium white"; for the tips and edges, use diluted "permanent rose." Recommended filter brands include Connaisseur and Western Family.


  • Box of disposable cone coffee filters (8 filters will make one full bloom rose)
  • Scissors
  • Coffee filter rose templates
  • 16-gauge floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Water color paint
  • Flat brush
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Glue stick


  1. Step 1

    Trace and cut petal shapes through both layers of filters, as per templates.

  2. Step 2

    Form rose. With coffee filter No. 1, take four connected petals and poke an 18-inch length of 16-gauge floral wire down through the center of the bottom of one end petal so 1/2 inch of the wire remains sandwiched between two opposite petals.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap adjacent two petals tightly around first two petals; wrap with floral tape around base, then 1/2 inch down wire, to secure.

  4. Step 4

    When working with floral tape, pull it as you work to expose the sticky part of the tape.

  5. Step 5

    With coffee filter No. 2, take four connected petals and sandwich "flower bud" between two opposite petals. On the adjacent petal pair, gently tear the perforation of the base so that you have a strip of 2 side-by-side petals. Wrap this petal strip around the other two petals and secure with tape.

  6. Step 6

    With coffee filter No. 3, take four connected petals and gently tear the perforation at the base to create a strip of four petals. Wrap this petal strip around flower bud and secure with tape.

  7. Step 7

    With coffee filter No. 4, gently tear the perforation at the base of petal shapes to create a strip of five petals. Wrap this petal strip around flower bud and secure with tape. (The folded petal gives rose stability and a more rounded form.)

  8. Step 8

    With coffee filter No. 5, place three petals, overlapping slightly on rose and wrap just once (to avoid bulk) with floral tape to secure.

  9. Step 9

    Wrap remaining three petals opposite the first three. Repeat for shapes cut from filters Nos. 6, 7, and 8. Use finger and thumb to separate petals, creating air pockets and making petals curve outward from the base. Use 3 or 4 extra single petals to fill in holes and give a rounded shape.

  10. Step 10

    To paint the roses, use watercolor paints, mixed with a bit of water. Paint the base color, first doing the bottom, then the top, working from the inside out. Accentuate with a darker color on the tips. Use a flat brush to apply a third color of undiluted watercolor to edges. Let dry overnight.

  11. Step 11

    Once painted roses are dry, curl left and right sides of outer petals around a bamboo skewer to create a point. Work your way from the outside to the inside of rose. Curl inner petals just slightly by wrapping top straight down around bamboo skewer.

  12. Step 12

    Add five paper sepals secured with floral tape to short stem. Wrap floral tape in a spiral down wire stem several times to create a thick roselike stem. Burnish stem with skewer to smooth tape. Cut 6 paper leaves and sandwich a 4-inch wire between. Use a glue stick to stick 6 leaves together with a 4-inch wire stem.

  13. Step 13

    Secure leaves to stem with floral tape.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2007



Reviews (48)

  • Teresa Stevenson 18 Jan, 2014

    For those of you who have trouble finding the templet, all you have to do is click on, "coffee filter rose templet" the third bullet down, it is the link to the pedals that need to be cut out. These roses are so beautiful!

  • Buzy B 18 Nov, 2012

    In order to print templates and instructions you must go to the heading of the page and select print. This will take you to a new page where you can print out the instructions and it will highlight the template instructions. Put your cursor on template and press enter this will take you to the templates where you can print out. Hope this helps

  • aussieChristine 17 Aug, 2012

    my daughters and i miss your show very much hope it returns down here very soon at the moment i am trying to print the instructions for the beautiful roses. i have printed the templates but carnt get instructions to print i am using google chrome. any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

  • hoppygram 7 Jun, 2012

    How can i donw load template for coffee filter roses?

  • susan-g 4 Jun, 2012

    I would like to watch the Part I video-is it available on the website?

  • Marisol821 7 Apr, 2012

    I'm having trouble accessing the coffee filter rose template. It does not open to view and get templates! Anyone sugguestions?

  • Paula64 29 Aug, 2011

    Amazing. They're perfect.

  • ladyob 12 Jun, 2011

    If you click on "read more" there is a section titled "resources". It lists the paint colors used.

  • luvcrafts1 1 Jun, 2011

    I just made my first batch of these paper roses (profile picture). I think the came out pretty well. I just used the cheap water colors from wallmart ($7).

  • mno57 30 Mar, 2011

    does anyone know what colors were used to paint the sample (photo)? Or any suggestions for paint colors that make realistic looking flowers?

  • RavenHart 15 Oct, 2010

    These are so pretty and relatively easy to make! Mine came out awesome! However, the video makes no mention of the 'sepals' and 'leaves', or how to attach them. The text instructions indicate attaching 'sepals' by 'wrapping with floral tape', yet there is no template included for them, but there is a tempate for the l'eaves'. Cassie attaches the 'leaves' already made with floral tape in the video. I understand they were likely pressed for time on the show, but it would have been nice to have th

  • tjeancat 4 Jun, 2010

    Love these flowers, did a whole wedding with them. They look so real people have to touch them to believe they are paper.

  • karenmolino 7 May, 2010

    I am having troubele with gething the cut outs i real dont know how to use my coumputer i beleve thet they are called tamplets if am one can plz plz e-mail it to me that would be great i realy need it these r going to be for my wedding i really dont have the monety for real flowers so heres my e-mail and can u plz subject it paper rose thank you vary much

  • kbcanadian 8 Apr, 2010

    I am having trouble with having the whole flower done and am adding the final touches, then the centre of the rose detaches from the wire :( what am I doing wrong???

  • lilly11781 2 Mar, 2010

    I made these roses last night and they look lovely! I can't wait to start painting them, but they really do look lovely unpainted as well. A trick I found is use a pencil when tracing your templates and then erase any marks before you put the rose together to make sure you don't have any pen or pencil marks on your roses.

  • lilly11781 2 Mar, 2010

    I made these roses last night and they look lovely! I can't wait to start painting them, but they really do look lovely unpainted as well. A trick I found is use a pencil when tracing your templates and then erase any marks before you put the rose together to make sure you don't have any pen or pencil marks on your roses.

  • pinkgretta 25 Feb, 2010

    I'm having a hard time seeing the video also. Every time I click on it nothing happens. I would like to see the video to see just how their made. My sons wedding is coming up and I would like to see if I can make them.

  • pinkgretta 25 Feb, 2010

    I'm having a hard time seeing the video also. Every time I click on it nothing happens. I would like to see the video to see just how their made. My sons wedding is coming up and I would like to see if I can make them.

  • RhopeB 4 Jan, 2010

    I made these they are beautiful they look just like the real thing, only I can keep them all year round. when I get married Im so making these

  • emmyf 30 May, 2009

    i would like to make these but the template will not open. has anyone else had a problem?

  • daisyrain2881 29 May, 2009

    These are amazing! The written instructions do not clearly explain how add the beginning filters. I watched the video and followed along while making mine and had much better results. Painting has been problematic so far... But I plan on making these for my wedding in October.

  • onsdag 21 Jan, 2009

    Wrap the first (inner) petals tight! And for each petal you put on; put them a little little bit "higher" than the previous ones, so that you get a V-shaped profile. That makes the rose shape more natural in the end.
    I let the rose dry before I paint the last dark pink edges. That makes the edges look more thin since the colour is not put on w-e-t coffee filter petals.

  • creiinsy 5 Dec, 2008

    Wow ^O^

    lovely Roses
    I try to make it with my mom
    It's a wonderful idea.
    I like it!

  • jtravis38 24 Sep, 2008

    I tried making a rose with brown coffee filters. My first one! Totally imperfectly perfect. It will take some practice to get it just right, but it's lots of fun and looks so real.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    Eco-friendly tip: use chlorine free/unbleached recycled filters. Some are white. Others are brown.

  • pugpink 1 Sep, 2008

    I am having trouble getting the floral tape to stick to the wire. It slides around. Otherwise everything went great. So pretty!

  • fancynance216 25 Aug, 2008

    I cannot download the templates for these roses ,any suggestions?

  • jenfer1971 11 Aug, 2008

    I would be interested in making these for my wedding bouquet and the other floral peices. Could someone tell me how long it takes to make a rose, and whether they are stiff, breakable, or pliable? Would you recommend not using these for bouquets, bouts, and corsages after making them? I would have over 100 to make just for wedding party items, so it would be important to know whether it is feasible / worthwhile. Would painting them ivory/cream be easier? I would really appreciate it! : )

  • sue_caswell 20 Jul, 2008

    These are fantastic, have made many and passed out as gifts and favors. I changed it up a little bit. You can use the regular basket coffee filters also and makes a softer looking rose. I also used the craft acrylic paints watered down. Have had many compliments on the roses. They are great. Thanks for the new idea.

  • coolaunt 17 Jul, 2008

    Tried my first one last night and it was lopsided (bad petal application) but the painting was great. Did anyone else have to do the painting in stages and let it dry between. Mine seemed really floppy at first. Going to try again and it they work will make them (150 or so) as wedding favours. Have 9 months so there should (???) be time.

  • PennyErvin 29 Jun, 2008

    These are so beautiful, going to have to give it a try

  • julchik 27 Jun, 2008

    this is a craft that comes oout beautifly if done corectly
    Warning:takes practice

  • Joannette 13 Jun, 2008

    I love these, they are beautiful! I'm going to try this now, wish me luck. I have everything already!

  • maria_fernanda 21 May, 2008

    Me gusto mucho este video, estas rosas son espectaculares por que parecen naturales.

    Muchas gracias.

  • sunnysmile12363 9 May, 2008

    I have successfully made one of the roses, and it is just beautiful!! My family couldn't believe I made it, it looked so real. I am very impatient, so I used a blow dryer to dry mine, and it worked great! I am planning on trying to make a bouquet for my mother for mother's day with these, they will never fade!!! Thanks so much for sharing this craft!

  • tlneader 17 Apr, 2008

    I am leaving to purchas the supplies needed to create the flowers. Wish me luck. I hope I can recreate the flower and make it look as beautiful.

  • Lorifay 17 Apr, 2008

    I just decided to soak the thing! I put the paint on pretty heavy and put dark accents on the edges and then spray the whole thing with water. I then hang it upside down over the sink and the colors all run together as it dries. It really is messy but looks quite natural when it finally dries. Then you can curl the edges of the petals. Works fine.

  • fullofjoy 16 Apr, 2008

    I am having difficulty with painting the roses. I am using watered down watercolor paint, but if I find that I have to paint the front and the back of each petal with makes the flower very wet. I am letting it dry before adding the accent color because I am afraid the petals will be too sopping wet and fall apart. I have tried using less water in the paint, but it goes on too dark and looks fake. Does anyone have any suggestions? I just love this project!!!

  • myna1022 5 Apr, 2008

    just go the martha and type in coffee filter roses watch the video several times

  • myna1022 5 Apr, 2008

    H for what seems like such a simple craft i had to watch the video several times the written directions not the good. you have to remember on filter 2 to rip half way and watch carefully how they wrap it and 3 you rip just to the edge, and 4 you just rip and wrap i and the large and small petals, you have to cut out 6 of each lg and small, i used scotch tape.
    ' good luck


  • Debrajw 5 Apr, 2008

    Hello...I am new to this site and i just love the paper roses. I have been trying to see the video but every time i click on it, I get go the comments page. Could anyone tell me what I am doing wrong. I would like to try and make a couple small ones for a unity candle. Thank you in advance.

  • Mary_Ruth 28 Feb, 2008

    First of all, thank you for sharing this project with all of us!
    I have printed out the template, two of page 1 and 4 because they have two sizes represented on those pages. I am going to go get the coffee filters and try this on the weekend.

    I saw the Martha Stewart show with you making the roses in person and I watched the video. The instructions seem easy to follow and show all parts related to craft. I shall post a picture when I complete my first one!

  • mmsrjs 13 Feb, 2008

    Sorry you may think I'm late with your answer, but better late than never. I use "Melitta" cone coffee filters, look for the white, I use brown for coffee. Find the "tools and materials" and put your mouse on the words " coffee filter rose templates and when its underlined click your mouse and wait. takes a while as there are 5 pages. print them out for the petal designs. How did you painting turn out SALandrum?

  • SALandrum 10 Jan, 2008

    I did it ! It took 5 attempts before I made one I consider "perfect" and it is beautiful. Now on to the painting part. Wish me luck.

  • ba32347 29 Nov, 2007

    I need the patterns for the petal to cut.

  • gourmet1 12 Nov, 2007

    P.S. Unable to locate suggested filter Brand. May I use another

  • gourmet1 12 Nov, 2007

    New Hard Drive unable to purchase online safely until all etc. reinstalled

  • DeAnnaWright 8 Nov, 2007

    I have the same problem. The article and instructions are ok, but seeing the video would really help.