Roses are Red and Paper

Whether you are married, engaged, dating, or single, Valentine’s Day can be a fun holiday. I know it can be harder when you are single, but what I used to do was get together with some of my girlfriends and eat chocolate and exchange valentines. So whatever your status. I hope you can enjoy this Valentine’s Day and what better way than to do a craft.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
-1 Corinthians 13:1-3

 

My mom and I made these paper rose wreaths together last week.  It was a fun time to have a project and just get to visit at the same time.  I will warn you that this is a rather time consuming activity. So, plan for an open day. It probably took me about 4 hours from start to finish.

Paper Rose Wreath

Supplies you will need:

  • (1) 150 feet roll crepe/streamer paper (got mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardboard or foam wreath form
  • Paint (if you use cardboard)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or something to measure your streamer
  • Lace, ribbon, or string (to hang wreath)

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If you are going to use a cardboard frame. Start by cutting out your shape and painting the front, back, and edges with color coordinating paint, so the cardboard doesn’t show through under the roses.

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Next cut your streamer, I made mine about 16″ long, but it will depend on how big you want your flowers.  The longer the streamer, the bigger the flower. My flowers were about 1 1/2″-2″ wide.

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Fold down one-third of the streamer section. I’m not sure why you do this, but it works a lot better if you do.

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With the fold on the inside, start rolling the stream half of the length of the section to form what looks like a small rose bud.  This will make up the center of the rose.

I do not have a picture of this step, because I could not figure out how to show it in picture form (This tutorial uses a similar technique). Start by making one twist away from the center of the rose and then wrap that section around the bud.  Continue doing this until you run out of streamer. Then hot glue the end of the flower and in between each section, so the flower does not unravel.
BE CAREFUL it is easy to burn your fingers.

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After you have completed all your roses, (I needed about 48 to cover my whole form, but it may take more depending on the size of your form) starting gluing them on in an overlapping pattern. *NOTE* if you use a flat form like mine, you will also need to cut off the streamer tail on the back before gluing the roses on.

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Finally, after you have glued all the roses on as you like, turn over the wreath and glue on a loop of lace, ribbon, or string so you have something to hang your wreath by.

I hope you try this fun craft.  You could also make just a few roses for on the front of valentine cards. Or you could add stems and put them in a vase for some fun valentine decor. Email me at mrsonmain@gmail.com with any more questions.

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