Insta-Style: Paper Napkin Roses

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How to make paper napkin roses to place in a vase to brighten your day.

I have a charming Insta-Style for you today. It is a quick little project that I made to take my mind off the news. It worked!

What’s Insta-Style?  It’s a series of simple decor projects you can do in minutes by repurposing items and combining them.

You may not own the same items I show in the series of posts, but I am hoping that the ideas will inspire you to look at everything around you (while you are stuck at home) with new eyes and ask yourself…”what if?” to come up with your own Insta-Style decorating ideas.

What Can You Create When You Repurpose a…

A pile of pink paper napkins and a blue and white china teacup.
Pink paper napkins made into a dozen roses and placed in a teacup.

Yesterday 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 Roses With Paper Napkins

Making the roses 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.

supplies needed:

TIPS: Your first attempt at making the 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

How to make paper napkin roses in minutes.

Linking this post to Fabulous Friday at Living Large in a Small in a Small House.

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

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

  3. 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. 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.