How to Make Roses Using Paper Napkins

Looking to add some colorful flowers to your home that don’t need any water? Did you know you can make a pretty rose out of a simple paper napkin? With a few simple steps, you can transform a plain napkin into an impressive floral decoration. Make one or dozens to fill a low vase or large teacup.

Recently I was craving color in the way of fresh flowers to add to my living room, but since it is too early for any of the flowers to be blooming in my yard to cut and I couldn’t go to the grocery store to buy some, I decided not to be without… so I made my own.

How to Make Napkin Roses

Get ready to impress your friends and family with your newfound paper rose making skill! Watch the video below to learn everything you need to know to make your own.

Pink paper napkins made into a dozen roses and placed in a teacup.

How to Make Roses With Paper Napkins

Making the roses using paper napkins is so easy, no skills needed… anyone of any age can make them in no time.

Pink paper roses in a blue and white teacup vase.

After making enough to fill the large teacup, I ripped off a section from a napkin and scrunched it up to place in the bottom of the teacup to act as filler so the paper roses didn’t fall into the cup.

  • To fill the large teacup I made 18 roses.

Instead of taking still photos of the how-to process, I made a very short video (below) to show you how I made the roses.

A pile of pink paper napkins and a blue and white china teacup.

supplies needed:

Blogger of DIY Decorating blog Diane Henkler of In My Own Style

Helpful Tips:

Your first attempt at making the paper roses may not look quite right, but don’t be afraid to primp the rose until you like what you see. Each rose will be different, just like real roses are so don’t look for perfection.

  • I used one napkin to make two roses with short stems. If you want to create longer stems, then simply make one rose per napkin and don’t cut the stem section as I show in the video.
  • When you begin to roll the napkin, the first few rolls, should be tighter, then as you continue to roll the napkin, roll loosely to the end.
  • I found that after twisting the stem, if you grab the bottom of the rose with one hand and the inside piece with your other hand and gently pull up, the motion creates a better looking rose.

Video: How to Make Paper Napkin Roses

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How to make paper napkin roses in minutes.

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  1. Heather Taylor says:

    This is such a great idea, the roses are so cute! Thank you for sharing with us.
    God bless :-)

  2. elizabeth phillips says:

    Awesome! I will definitely try this!

  3. Great idea! They look great. I’ve got the pink napkins already. I’m going to try it.

  4. I love it! Anywhere we can have a little spot of sunshine is welcome during these hard times! Thanks!!

  5. Connie McGhee says:

    You never fail to amaze me. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Connie – Thanks :-) I hope you are doing well and keeping yourself happily occupied while having to stay at home.

  6. It is adorable! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Great ideas! Simple, easy and oooh sooo pretty!

  8. I love this! So pretty and cheerful, thanks Diane

  9. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    I love this!
    And I want the tea cups.

  10. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    These little flowers are so cute in the pretty tea cup. I have to tell you, I read your post for hanging table cloths and have jumped for joy! I have a slew of the suit/pants hangers and just cut a dowel to test it out. Well, my new best friend, it is the bomb!I just cleaned out my big buffet and have table cloths, place mats, napkins, napkin rings, etc. all over my dining table with nowhere to store them. Poor planning ;( Now to come up with a way to hang the place mats and napkins…got any suggestions? Happy to have found your blog!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Cecillia – It makes me happy to hear that my post helped you to get your table cloths organized. :-) As far as a way to organize your placemats and napkins – you could try skirt hangers like these to hang placemat and napkins:

      You could hang one set of napkins together. If I think of another idea I will let you know.

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi again Cecillia – In the reply to your question that I just sent you, I think the link I included was wrong. Here is the correct link: