Paper Rose Favor Boxes: The DIY Tutorial

Paper roses were part of the decor theme at the Midsummer’s Night fairy party, and I couldn’t help but carry them into the party favors. These favor boxes are very simple to make, although they take a bit of time.

The Ingredients:

  • Pre-made favor box
  • Colored paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

You’ll notice there is a 2-inch squeeze punch in my little picture. You don’t have to use this method, but I found when making 60 favor boxes, not having to cut 180 circles really saved some time!

Step 1: Cut your circles

As I just mentioned, the short-cut way to cutting out your circles is to use a puncher. If you don’t have one, it’s fine. Just do it by hand. The bigger the circle, the bigger the rose, so try to keep them consistent at 2 inches.

Step 2: Cutting Spirals

If you need to pencil in a little spiral to follow, go ahead and do that. I just like to free-hand cut spirals into my circles. The thicker the spiral, the less fullness your rose will have when it’s done, but you also don’t want to cut itty bitty thin strips, either! Find a happy medium, even if it takes a couple tries. You’ll also notice a point right by where you started cutting your spiral; trim that off so there are no corners on your rose.

Step 3: Rolling, rolling, rolling!

Starting from the outside edge, roll the spiral tightly together until you run out of paper. When you let go, the paper should spring out into a little rosette. You may or may not need to gently untwist a little in order finesse it into a perfect shape.

Step 4: Assembling the favor boxes

Take your pre-made box (this tutorial will work for many sizes and shapes!) and wrap once around with ribbon and tape in place.  Make sure you fill them with something special before you take this step!

Using your glue gun, put a dab of glue on the underside of the rose and arrange them in the center to cover the tape for the ribbon. The hot glue will ensure that the roses are very securely fashioned. Add all three little buds, and you’re done! A very simple project, but if you’re making a large quantity, it’s a great excuse to get your friends together and have a little crafty afternoon.


  1. Saw these at One Pretty Thing – thanks for this great tutorial! I love it. My new way to wrap presents!! :)

    • You are very welcome, Beverly. For larger presents, I’d make the circles 4 inches instead of 2…and they’ll look great!

  2. Its really wonderful tutorial.i am following your site now for next time pleasure…

  3. This is so simple and clean and elegant! I love everything about it. I am filing this at Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. omg that is soooooooooooooo cute!!!

  5. So beautiful!!! thank you for sharing!!!
    Love your blog, and all your parties!!!
    I just shared this tutorial in my Blog…loved it!!

  6. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward

  7. So cute! I plan to feature you on my blog this week and link back to you. If that is a problem, just let me know. Love it!

  8. Super cute! I couldn’t ever figure out how to make paper roll up flowers, but now THANK YOU!

    Just Better Together

  9. I love this… thank you so much for putting how to do the flowers. I will for sure use this for my sisters baby shower next year!

  10. This got me to thinking about you cutting them out… I did a post on them today… and had an idea I am working on but thought you might be interested in checking it out…


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