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Paper Rose Valentine Bags

On the outside, these kid-friendly goody bags are decorated with a paper rose that's made using one easy trick. On the inside, they're filled with treats and treasures.

paper rose valentines

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Red cardstock paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Markers
  • Paper goody bags
  • Hot glue
  • Wooden skewers


  1. Draw a spiral on a piece of paper. (Tip: We used 4 x 4 pre-cut squares of cardstock, but you can cut out 4-inch circles using a circle cutter.)
    paper rose valentines
  2. Cut out spiral; discard square leftovers.
    paper rose valentines
  3. Begin rolling the spiral, wrapping the paper around a bamboo skewer to help with this. (Tip: Don’t use a pencil, because it is too thick and will result in a large void at the center instead of the intricate coils seen in reference photos.)
    paper rose valentines
  4. When the entire spiral is rolled up, gently allow the coils to open up a bit. Hot glue the bottom of the rose so that the coils stay put.
    paper rose valentines
  5. On one end of paper bags, write greetings. Tape flap down using double sided tape and then add flower with another piece of double sided tape. Inside the bag, you can include small sticker booklets, games such as mazes or crossword puzzles, messages printed on small scraps of paper, or even confetti.
    paper rose valentines

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