How to Make Rosette Fan Fold Flowers

by Ainsley Patterson, Demand Media

    Get creative with a small bit of crepe paper streamer by making a paper flower embellishment perfect for crafts where a flat embellishment is preferable. Transform a strip of the crinkly paper into a fan fold rosette with just a few folds. These flat embellishments will hold up better than their three-dimensional counterparts on homemade cards you plan to mail, or scrapbook pages that you will display in a book, rather than a shadow box frame. Use the rosettes for several other projects, such as embellishing party hats, creating garland or decorating a wrapped gift.

    Step 1

    Cut a 20-inch-long piece of streamer. Cut a 1 1/2-inch-long piece, as well.

    Step 2

    Accordion fold the 20-inch piece of streamer every 1/4 inch along one of the streamer's 20-inch edges. Only crease the fold from the edge to a 1/2 inch out from the edge. This will cause the strip to begin to curve in an arch as you are shortening one edge while the opposite edge remains the same length.

    Step 3

    Attach the short ends of the streamer to one another with craft glue to create a circle with the folded edge of the streamer on the inside of the circle. Attach the 1 1/2-inch piece of stream to the back of the rosette with glue to help hold its shape.

    Step 4

    Trace a quarter on a piece of decorative paper with a pencil. Cut out the resulting circle, and glue it over the center of the rosette.

    About the Author

    Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.

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