Monday, January 25, 2010

Crepe paper roses...

Do you ever create something that you just LOVE? Once in awhile that happens to me.... I adore these little flower balls... funny how some little strips of crepe paper can turn into something so beautiful!

One day I was playing around with the Melissa Frances crepe paper, starting twisting and turning it, and came up with a cute little flower that resembled a rose. I had some styrofoam balls, so I decided I'd try to hot glue them on and see what it looked like. Turned out that I fell in love with them!

I showed Melissa what the crepe paper could do and she decided to have me make a few to hang in her booth at CHA!

I recently posted these over at 2 peas and got a very nice response, thank you so much. So I'd like to share with you how I made them.

1. Cut crepe paper into strips of 9" long x 3/4" wide or so.2. Take one strip and start rolling the end. Roll about 3 times or so to get a good start on it and make sure it's not going to roll back apart. Then hold it with your left hand. With your right hand, grab the long end and twist the paper around one half turn. **This will create the petal look.** Then continue to roll it up. Twist over again creating a fold each time. Roll. Twist. Roll. Twist. Continue until you get to the end of the strip.

3. When you come to the end of the roll, very carefully put a dab of hot glue on the end to hold the end and secure it closed. You should have created something like this:
4. Then...when you get a bunch of these made, you will hot glue them onto a styrofoam ball (any size). I found that the hot glue likes to seep down into the pores of the styrofoam, so it was easier for me to glue the roses together on each side with hot glue. Be VERY careful. I burned myself many, many times! The glue is difficult to see against the white styrofoam.

You should end up with something like these:I plan to make lots more, wouldn't they be cute hanging in a little girl's room? Or an Easter or Spring decoration? Or a wedding! There are so many things you could use them for. The largest one in this photo is about 10 inches across. I love the big ones! The clear stars were found at Target in the gift wrapping section at Christmas time and the keyhole is by Melissa Frances, and is just stuck onto the star with a glue dot.

If you are like me and you need a visual...I did make a video on how to create Crepe paper flowers, it's a little different than these, but the centers are made exactly the same. You can view a video tutorial here. Excuse my voice...I hate listening to myself! lol

This is the project shown in the video. See the center of the white flower? I made it the same way as the flowers above.



New Melissa Frances products here include new resin pieces, Easter ephemera stickers, new Attic Treasures background paper, new Backer Boards (round chipboard background) and new Vintage Posies paper (blue).
Phew! I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions regarding the paper roses!
Danielle

72 comments:

Kris said...

These are absolutely beautiful! I agree they would be just darling hanging in a little girl's room! I hope to be able to give this a try before my baby girl arrives in a few weeks! :) Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

Molly said...

Just beautiful.

Rebecca said...

Those are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

gudrun said...

Your roses are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

Charlene said...

Way cool Dani!!! Love these sweet flowers!!!

Dell said...

Thank you for sharing these instructions Dani. Love all your projects. You can tell Melissa Frances that she is going to sell LoTs and Lots of crepe paper because of YOU. :)

Mardi said...

I did that same technique back in October for a Scrap Pink Crop. Take a peek at my blog:
http://mardi-sistas.blogspot.com/2009/11/where-have-i-been-you-ask.html

Erika M. said...

I just adore your creations!

*Beatriz Jennings* said...

lovely flowers, my mom use to make those with ribbon. They are so fun to make ;)

Mardi said...

I just wanted to add Danielle, that great minds think alike!!!

rae said...

I was giddy when I saw a photo of Melissa's booth today, first thing that popped out were your fabulous flowers :) Way to go Dani!!!! I absolutely ADORE what you've created!

Wahkuna Maelyn said...

Very cool! :-)

Melonie said...

These are sooooo pretty Dani! LOVE them.

Shanna said...

You are absolutely amazing girl! Love these! Heavenly!

Jennifer said...

Love all your creations! The crepe paper flowers are Amazing!! I'm sure they looked Awesome all hanging up!

Marissa said...

Thanks for sharing the directions! I have been stalking your blog, hoping you would post them! I also love that one of a kind card- really cute!

Lynn said...

I love these projects! They are gorgeous in a heavenly way.. Thanks so much for sharing, I can't say how much I adore you for being so talented! :)

Tarynne said...

absolutely gorgeous! These would love fabulous at a wedding or shower!

Anonymous said...

these are gorgeous!

Kay said...

Too gorgeous for words! I can see these at a wedding. So romantic and soft. Thank you for the tutorial.
♥♥ Kay

Laurel said...

Oh my sooooo gorgeous!

zcdl said...

beautiful flowers! :)

Juliana said...

So cute and creative Dani! Love this project!
Hope you have a great week!

Holley V said...

Danielle, these are GORGEOUS!!! I'm going to have to get some crepe paper to try them!

Anonymous said...

These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the how-to. I'd love to try to make some of these.

Rachel S.

Leigh said...

These are gorgeous, Dani!

Nura Keif said...

That is amazing, Dani!!
Thanks for sharing :-D

Iren said...

WOW these are amazing!!!!!

judy said...

I just found you today on JBS so I peeked in here at your blog. I love it and will be back a lot. I am going try to make your roses to take to a birthday party and tea. Thanks!

Mrs Frizz said...

Simply stunning ...

Renata Pacheco said...

Amazing flowers, Dani! I'll try to make some! Thank you for sharing!

Natalie said...

I love, love, LOVE your crepe paper rosebud balls! I definitely am going to try this. I think I need a red one for my bedroom. I'm excited to use the flowers themselves on scrapbook pages, too. Thanks for sharing! (Wouldn't you know I just threw away some crepe/mulberry paper rolls I bought about 10 years ago?? Dang it! At least they weren't very long rolls or I'd really be kicking myself!)

Natalie said...

Ok, so I bought some party streamers to use for my crepe paper. But I think it's thinner and less "crinkly" than the Melissa Frances stuff. I couldn't get it fluffy and loosely rolled like in the video tutorial. So I found the trick to give it more body...instead of cutting it in half as I'd been doing, I folded the edge down about 1/3. Now I can get the nice full and fluffy rose! Yeah!

Hint: Since cutting the streamer in half resulted in a smaller, daintier rose, this would be perfect for cards and scrapbooks. Not as bulky as the folded streamer version.

The Smith Family said...

I LOVED this idea, so talented! I did a bunch of these for my little girls' room!
And everyone loves them!
Great ideas! I love your blog!
Shelley Smith
houseofsmiths.blogspot.com

triciapeever said...

SOOOOOOO so so gorgeous!!!! I love this technique and all of your samples are splendid!!! You do such fantastic work.

triciapeever said...

Oh and I found your lovely tutorial through a link on Bethany Kartchner's blog. FYI

ificould said...

Love These!! I linked to them on my blog http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/03/crepe-paper-roses.html Thanks for the ideas!!

Toni said...

Oh thankyou for sharing! these are just gorgeous and my sister has a wedding coming up so I'm thinking of making a few for her. (:

Hobbyaholic (April) said...

Hi I just stumbled upon your pictures on 2peas.

Can you tell me about how many roses it takes to cover the larger balls?

Nneka Saran said...

Awesome! I so cant wait to try this out! I will be sure to add a link to your page on my blog when I post how they turn out! Thanks again for sharing! :)
www.nnekasaran.blogspot.com

C. Holesterol said...

These are so beautiful. Thanks for telling how to make them. I would try to make them.

marry said...

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Brittany @ GreyGreyDesigns said...

Love, love, love these! I featured this idea on my blog today! Hope you don't mind, but you totally inspired me! THANKS!!!

Christine @ Following Phubie said...

It's amazing what you can do with crepe paper!

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous and are going to make the perfect decorations for a bridal shower I'm planning. Thanks for sharing this beautiful project.

hajar said...

Hi,
really good stuff to learn!really appreciate it.. thanks a lot blog owner... luv it so much , lovely and wonderful craft project

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Anonymous said...

Stumble upon your page while looking for centerpieces ideas for my wedding in May 2013. I love this so much & am thinking about using these as centerpieces. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I am from Florida. I am really interested in making a paper flower company. I want to specialize in making floral bougets and decorations out of crepe paper and tissue paper. Does anyone recommend doing this or have any advice on how to start up my own business.

Anonymous said...

thank you. i am an activities director so i am always looking for new projects for my arts and crafts. The ladies will enjoy making these

Lidia said...

This is just so gorgeous =) I do floral centerpieces and I really thought those are real flowers. Makes me want to try this but I just dont have anything to try it for =(

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love these flowers, so delicate and so beautiful. I hope to make some of these myself. Thanks for the inspiration and instructions.

Amanda said...

So pretty! I'll be featuring these on Craft Gossip on Wednesday morning :)

Eventlookforless said...

So cute and definitely a look for less...if you are trying to plan and event on a buget. Who needs real flowers when you can make these:)

Anonymous said...

Excited to be making these for a friends baby shower!!! Made a small one already with one of those cloth splash balls my son had and just used Tacky glue...worked well as I was just experimenting before I make the real thing! lol

Kaleidoscope CupCakes said...

Hi, We absolutely love this. We are going to link it on our blog kweddingcupcakes.blogspot.com

Lou and Kitty said...

Gorgeous for a wedding. These would be lovely as a table decoration. Thanks for the tute.
Lynda

Ellen said...

these are really beautiful! TFS

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! amazing!!!!! I wanted to buy balls of roses for my wedding, but it seems like I'll just make them :).. So unique and beautiful!!

thank you!

Coastal Design Blog said...

So pretty. I'll give to give them a try.

jill wilhelm said...

Hi, I found you on pinterest and did a post on a few thing I wanted to challenge myself to do and I HAD to make these! I made them for my cousin's soon to be baby girls nursery and she just loves them so much! I'm making some now for my little girl. Your things are so beautiful I am excited to follow! I linked back to your blog on my post

http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2012/02/secret-revealed.html

jill@
iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

Oya Designs said...

Hiya I loved these so much when I saw them on Pinterest recently they inspired me to make something similar with paper flowers.
If you would like to see what you have inspired in me please take a look at my blog :-)
Thank you for the inspiration
Sam
www.oyadesigns.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

These are awesome. I have found that gluing felt to the styrofoam balls makes it easier.

stampinscrapper6 said...

beautiful

Amy said...

I LOVE these. I have been looking for a cheaper alternative to real flowers for my wedding, and I think I've just found it!

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miss I said...

These are simply gorgeous!! Absolutely beautiful!!

I'm hoping to make them for my boyfriend, for our 2nd anniversary!! :) Wish me luck!

Lois Almudarris said...

Thanks for the idea. I will use these for mine scrapbooking pages!

nahidworld said...

thank you for your post.your post is so nice and it's picture looks very beautiful.
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στολισμός γάμου said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Anonymous said...

They look stunning !! Cant wait to give it a go. Thank you