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Choose Your Colors

Arrange papers along a flat, level surface until a cohesive, balanced color scheme takes shape. For a monochromatic approach, consider layering different shades and tints of the same color. For more of a multicolor effect, mix hues together which are high in contrast. TIP: For a feminine look, stick with muted colors and pastels mixed with neutrals such as taupe, brown or soft gray.

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Fold in Half

Using square paper is important since rosebuds have a perfectly round shape. Rectangular papers require cutting whereas square papers easily fold into spheres. The first step in the process is folding each sheet of square paper in half.

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Fold in Quarters

After the paper has been evenly folded in half, fold it again into fourths.

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Turn the Square Into a Circle

Once folded into fourths, use scissors to round out the edge.

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Unfold the Circle

Unfold the paper to reveal a circular shape. If the paper has created a perfect sphere, it’s time to move on to the next step; however, if the result is more oblong or ovular, it’s best to start over until a perfect circle is created.

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Cut Circles Into Spirals

Starting along the outer edge and working your way toward the center, cut solid circles into spirals.

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Create End Tabs

As you reach the end of the circle while cutting spirals, leave an ovular end tab approximately 1 inch in diameter. This is the portion of each paper rosebud which will hold the spirals together with glue.

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Roll the Spiral

Starting with the end of the spiral opposite the ovular end tab, tightly roll paper until the formation of a rosebud starts to take shape.

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Loosen the Ends

While the inner portion of the rosebud will be tightly pressed, the outer portion will increasingly start to sit more loosely.

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Shape the Bottom

Fold the spiral so that the inner circle lays flat at the bottom of the rosebud.

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Add a Dab of Glue

Pull the end tabs back and add a bead of hot glue.

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Hold Until Dry

Firmly press all layers of rosebud together until the glue has dried.

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Alternate Colors and Patterns

Once a rosebud is complete, be sure to mix up the colors and/or patterns by alternating papers.

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Roll Out the Ribbon

When all of the rosebuds have been constructed, unroll grosgrain ribbon and cut it into 7-foot strips.

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Adhere Buds to Ribbon

Attach the rosebuds directly to grosgrain ribbon using a hot glue gun.