How To Draw A Rose Like A Pro

Are you anxiously awaiting springtime? The birds chirping, warmer air, and snow melting? What about those gorgeous rose plants blooming? If you and your little one are anxiously awaiting signs of spring, why not make your own flowers inside by drawing roses? If you need a little vision of spring, we have you covered. 

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to draw a simple rose like a pro using basic shapes. We have also listed some fun books all about popular flowers and springtime to help get your mind off the cold weather!

What Are Easy Steps To Draw A Rose?

Did you know there is evidence of roses as far back as 32 to 35 million years ago! This makes the rose one of the oldest documented plants. Now, roses are a symbol of love and beauty. They are intricate flowers with many rose petals, which can be complex to draw for the budding artist who hasn’t yet learned more advanced techniques like shading and shadows. For our drawing, we’re going to stick to a step-by-step tutorial for a rosebud. 

Before you get started, pull up a blank drawing sheet of paper on the Caribu app. Your little one can practice drawing their rose on their own, or they can give their cousin Riley a call to use these drawing tutorials together. 

Step 1

Now you’re ready to start drawing your easy rosebud. Once you’ve picked out the color you want for your outline, draw a circle or oval shape at the top of the page. The size of your circle will be the guide for the size of your flower drawing. Once you have your circle, draw a spiral within the circle. The outer ring of the spiral should touch the side of the circle. This is the inside of the rosebud. 

Step 2

Next, you’ll need to draw the outer petals of your rose flower drawing. Starting on the middle of one side of the circle, draw a U shape going down and back up to the other side of the circle. The U shape should be as long as you want the flower to be. Once you have this shape, draw a curved line from the bottom of the circle to the bottom of the U. This will give you the look of two petals on the outside layer of the rose for a more realistic rose drawing. 

Step 3

Once you have the rosebud drawn, it’s time for the stem. Starting from just under the rosebud, draw two long lines relatively close to each other. You can add a slight curve to your lines to give the rose a little movement and a more natural look; after all, nothing in nature is perfect! These lines are your stem, so draw them as long as you want the stem to be. 

Step 4

What is a flower without leaves? Let’s add some! To draw a rose leaf, draw a small line off of the main stem for the smaller stem the leaf will be on. Starting at that small line, draw a shape similar to a football with pointed ends for more texture. Then, draw a line down the center connecting the points. You can draw as many leaves on the stem as you like! 

If you would like your rose to have sharp thorns, all you have to do is draw tiny little triangles down the stem of the rose. Luckily, your rose’s thorns won’t be prickly like the real ones!

Step 5

Now that you have your drawn rose, it’s time to color it! Roses come in a variety of different colors, so pick whatever color makes you happy. Typically, rose stems and leaves are green, but if you would like to use a different color, like orange or purple, go right ahead! This is your creation, after all! 

What a gorgeous rose you’ve drawn! Can you smell the fragrant rose smell and the warm spring sun on your face?

What Are Fun Books All About Flowers?

Okay, now that your little one is a pro at drawing roses, let’s learn about some fun books they can read all about flowers! Reading books with an activity associated with it can help make reading more fun, especially for children struggling with reading. 

If your child wants to show off their drawing to grandma and grandpa, give them a video-call on the Caribu app, and they can join along with storytime! 

Flowers Only: No Weeds Allowed

In the book Flowers Only: No Weeds Allowed by Mimi Mazzarella, even flowers can sometimes be not so welcoming. There is a big flower gala and Iris wants to bring Dan DeLion along with her. Sadly, the other flowers see Dan as just a weed and don’t welcome him at the party. Iris stands up for him and shows the other flowers just how amazing Dan is and teaches them that activities should never be “flowers only!” 

This story teaches the importance of diversity, speaking up for what you believe in, and friendship. It helps bring up important conversations around difficult topics in a way that is relatable for children of all ages. 

Spring Is Here/¡La Primavera Está Aqui!

Flowers are a beautiful reminder that spring has come. In the book Spring Is Here, you’ll join Pedro as he celebrates all things spring. You’ll meet his mom and dad, and learn about all the reasons he loves spring. You can also read the book ¡La Primavera Está Aqui! to read about Pedro in Spanish! 

If your child is a Spanish speaker and learning English, or vice versa, there are many ways to help them learn their second language. One way is to read a book in their first language, and then read the same book in the language they’re learning. 

First Lady Of Wildflowers

In the book First Lady of Wildflowers, your little one will learn all about Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson. Lady Bird was the First Lady of the United States of America. She was married to Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President. 

Lady Bird grew up loving nature and finding comfort in the wildflowers of Texas. Once she became the First Lady, she spent her time celebrating the beauty of her beloved country, and educated Americans on ways they can help keep their land beautiful. 

This is an inspiring nonfiction book about how we can all work together to take care of the country we live in. It’s an important reminder to help preserve the natural beauty of the land. And, that is just what Lady Bird did by starting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to help teach people what plants are native to their area. 

Saving Kate’s Flowers

Do you have a little one who worries about the flowers outside during the winter? Well, this book is for you! In Saving Kate’s Flowers, by Cindy Sommer, you’ll follow Kate as her mom teaches her how to carefully scoop up flowering plants from the ground and put them in a pot. When Kate’s mom gets a little distracted, Kate takes it upon herself to save more and more plants! The bad news, Kate’s dad is allergic! With the help of her mom and dad, Kate finds new places to keep the flowers safe through the winter. 

Once the story is finished, you’ll find educational information all about plants. You can learn the different parts of a plant and what its function is, along with the life cycle of plants. There is also a page on how to pot your own plants and how to identify flowers. 

Grow Florecita Grow/Crece Florecita Crece

Grow Florecita Grow by Mayra Ochoa Stewart is an encouraging poem about blossoming flowers. While it’s written literally about a flower, it can also be used as a metaphor for encouraging personal growth. The poem is beautifully written, and the pictures are bright and vibrant. In the end, there is a scientific explanation of how a seed becomes a flower. 

Crece Florecita Crece is the Spanish counterpart of Grow Florecita Grow. If your family is a Spanish and English-speaking family, this is a special story to read as a family in both languages. 


Roses have been around for so long, it’s no wonder we have a soft spot for them. With our simple instructions on how to draw a rose, anybody can draw a rose like a pro in no time! 

Once you finish with your drawing, check out some of our favorite books all about flowers. You’ll meet a brave flower who stands up for what she believes in and defends her friend, Pedro who loves the spring, one of our First Ladies, and a bunny who tries to save all of the flowers. You’ll also read a beautiful poem about the growth of a flower! 

At Caribu, we love combining art and the power of story together. On your next video-call, try some of our How To Draw pages, and after, find a book that complements your drawing! 


Roses and their fragrance | University of Vermont

Promoting Vocabulary Development in Young English Learners | FirstSchool

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | The Botanic Garden of Texas