For you DIYers out there with paper scraps and magazines that you don't know what to do with, this is a great upcycle project for you!
All you will need is magazines or paper you are ready to recycle, cardboard cut to the shape you want to cover (mine is in the shape of a heart), a pencil, scissors, hot glue gun, and a toothpick or skinny knitting needle.
You could use a foam floral wreath but I chose to further my re-purposing skills in this project by using cardboard that was headed to the recycling center.
The first step in the process is to draw a spiral onto your paper.
If you want all of your flowers to be the same size, you will want to create a template.
To find a downloadable template, you can visit paper flower spiral
and choose a style that you prefer.
I wanted mine to have a bit more texture with different sizes so I did all of mine freestyle.
Once you've drawn/copied and cut your spiral you want to begin rolling it.
This is where the toothpick, knitting needle, or anything else similar to that will come in handy.
When you look at your spiral you will notice and inner and outer curve. The inside curve is what you will want to follow as you roll your paper.
Starting on the outside of the coil you will begin to wrap it around your needle. After a few rolls I like to glue mine to help secure it.
You will continue to roll the paper being careful to follow the inner curve until you come to the end.
You will see that outer edge will begin to flare out a little for the top of your rose.
Notice in the pictures that after I got my paper started on the needle I took it off. You can continue either way.
Do what works best for you.
In the next step, I do one of two things, depending upon the type of rose I am looking to create. If I want a tight rolled rose, I simply glue the loose end to the roll.
However, if I want a fuller, looser looking rose, I let my roll uncoil a bit from the outside and then glue the paper end to the roll.
After the paper rose is finished,
you will want to start gluing it to your cardboard or foam form.
Repeat the above process until your heart is full and complete.