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Paper Rose DIY Mixed Media Art

Paper Rose DIY Mixed Media Art
Paper Rose DIY Mixed Media Art
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Turn a small artist's canvas panel into a delightful mixed media artwork. The main focus point in this Paper Rose DIY Mixed Media Art is DIY paper roses made from the pages of an old book. Book page crafts always add a lovely vintage touch as this DIY wall art has. Displayed on a mini wooden easel, this DIY paper art will even brighten up your living space in the colder months. The same principles could be applied to a bigger canvas panel, so it is a very versatile paper craft.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueMixed Media

Type of Paper UsedTextured Paper


Materials List

  • 6" x 8" artist's canvas panel
  • Old A5 size printed book
  • 5" x 6" light pink with grey polka dots cardstock
  • 2.3"-wide cream lace
  • 10" of gold lace, 3.6"-wide
  • 6 white and grey paper flowers of different sizes
  • 3.7" x 1.2" wooden laser cut out decorative embellishment (or embellishments of choice)
  • 0.7"-high wooden laser cut out heart (or embellishments of choice)
  • 2 of 0.4"-wide wooden laser cut out birds (or embellishments of choice)
  • 11 light pink small round multi-faceted rhinestones
  • 4 clear small round multi-faceted rhinestones
  • Rose pink acrylic paint
  • Quick-drying gold spray paint
  • Quick-drying matte spray varnish
  • Medium sized paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • Newspaper to protect the working area


To Make the Paper Roses:

  1. Tear four pages from the book and stack them on top of each other.

  2. Draw a circle with a diameter of 4.6" on top of the stack of papers. Keep the pages together and cut out the circle.

  3. Cut the stack of circles into a spiral shape, leaving a small circle in the center to form the base of the rose.

  4. Start rolling up the spiral from the outside towards the inside - wind it up pretty tightly. If you want a less fettered appearance in some of the roses, slowly release your hold on the paper spiral to let it unwind a little before gluing the base in place.

  5. Add hot glue to the base of the rose to hold the spiral in place. Wait until the glue dries before relaxing your hold on the rose. Add a drop of glue to the center of the rose.

  6. Make two more roses in the same way, but for these, use circles with a diameter of 2.6".

  7. Spray the top edges of the roses with a thin layer of gold paint and allow to dry. 

To Create the Artwork:

  1. Use the craft glue to glue a strip of lace across the canvas panel. Glue it around the sides too, and also about 0.5" on the back of the panel before cutting the rest off.

  2. Paint the front and sides of the canvas panel with the pink paint. Make sure that the lace is also painted thoroughly. Allow to dry before continuing with the next step.

  3. Glue the polka dot cardstock to the front of the canvas panel. Add enough glue so that the cardstock will remain smooth when the varnish is applied.

  4. Fold the gold lace into pleats and hot glue it to the top left of the canvas panel.

  5. Arrange the DIY paper roses; the decorative embellishment; the paper flowers; the heart and the birds on the canvas panel, and secure everything with hot glue.

  6. Use craft glue to secure rhinestones to the canvas panel. 

  7. Apply a coat of varnish to the canvas panel and allow to dry thoroughly.

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