I just love making these roses! It’s amazing to see the ‘rose’ develop with each step.
I first made these almost four years ago for my daughter’s wedding.
My! How time flies.
I have been wanting to make more – just for me.
But I delayed…until now. Inspired to make a Valentine home decor post, I had so many ideas flying in and out of my imagination. Then I thought. Paper roses!
Now a warning here.
The other day, Dearest and I were trying to remember a charming song we saw on a Youtube video – a daddy and his daugher singing ‘You Belong To Me’. So sweet. That song kept playing in our minds for days.
Then, while creating something while Dearest napped after church, I watched ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’. ‘Que Sera Sera‘ then began to play on repeat in my mind.
Now, while making these roses I’d hear, ‘Paper Roses’ sung many, many years ago by Marie Osmond. So, if while reading this post or doing this craft and you too have this song playing non stop in your mind. I must apologize now.
Here’s what you’ll need for the roses:
I cut out several patterns at a time so that I could work ‘assembly line’.
I also watched video tutorials while making these – multi-tasking! Laying out each step before completing it helps to make sure you don’t over due a step or leave it out – if you do as I did – multi-task.
Here’s what the roses look like at first. You can see the beginning of a rose developing.
‘Open’ the roses by running your finger along the base of the inside of the outside petal working your way inward –
in a spiralling process. These coffee filters are pretty strong and the form allows for a funnel-like shape. Don’t worry about over opening, because the final step will be shaping – not here.
Now comes the pretty part –
applying water color paint. I dilute my paint in a cup and do this step over a towel – it could be drippy. Choose a base color – I chose white for them all. Begin painting the roses on the outside petals and then on the inside petals – with this paint being so wet and the filters being so absorbent, the paint bleeds through. You can use the tip of your paint brush to separate the petals. Don’t worry if they stick together at this point. You can separate them once again with the tip of your paint brush or toothpick for the next step.
Choose a secondary color for the inside of the petals.
I chose a pink for three and painted the other three – all over – a soft yellow and then added pink touches here and there.
The final painting step is to add a deeper version of the color you chose for the accent color and run the paint brush flat along the top of the petals.
Allow to dry.
I placed these in cups to keep the petals up – since some were droopy form the wet paint. Once dry, you can begin to make your roses pretty.
Begin with the outer, larger petals. Curl these petals with a bamboo skewer or metal – whatever you may have. Curl one side toward the middle and on the other side of the petal toward the center.When you get to the mid-sized to internal petals you can just curl downward once.
Now you can do what you wish with your roses!
Assembling the wreath you’ll need:
Styrofoam heart-shaped wreath form
2 to 3 inch wired silk ribbon
coffee filter roses
2 to 3 inch lace, or lace ribbon
scissors and/or knife
hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1: Wrap the wreath form with the satin ribbon – secure with hot glue or corsage pin.
Step 2: Cut the stems from the rose near the base of the flower…leave enough room to insert rose into wreath form. Pinch the base of the flower to make smaller and secure petals. Position your first rose top center.
Step 3: Where the stem meets the ribbon cut a small circle opening with scissors. Using a small paring knife cut a hole in the form for the base of the rose. Remove the cut bits.
Step 4: Add a generous dollup of glue – I like Weld-Bond – into the hole. Press the base of the Rose into the hole.
Step 6: Attach lace ribbon around the base of the roses with corsage pins. I ‘ruffled’ the lace by placing the corsage pin tip about 1 1/4 inc from previous pin and inserting the pin about 1 inch from the previous pin. Work your way around the wreath attaching the lace.
Step 7: I placed a picture hanging hook on the back with small nails and added ribbon to hang the wreath (I did use some corsage pins to attach to the wreath the hanging ribbon so that the wreath would hang flat.
So, there it is!
Now that I’ve made a few more roses for this demonstration, I have to find something to decorate them with. They would make a gorgeous permanent flower arrangement. There are so many other flower forms you can make from paper, coffee filters etc…
They’re quite sturdy too – they get quite firm after the paint dries.
If you give this a try, let me know!
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