January 28, 2011

Valentine Rose Wreath Tutorial





Update:  Scroll to the bottom for some "smaller" projects if you like the wreath, but don't have the time or patience to complete something that large!

Well....I've got to be honest and inform you that this does take some time!  I thought that I would never stop burning my fingers on pink tissue roses....but it's SO worth it!



Here is all that you need to make the wreath:


The square is just a piece of foam from The Dollar Tree and I bought 2 packs of tissue paper for $1.00 at The Dollar General.....I already had glue sticks so I didn't include them in the cost.....which was only $3.00!!!



I had my handy husband help cut the square for the wreath frame....




Honestly.....you can just use a normal ruler, but he got out his "manly" tools.....I used a utility knife to make the actual cuts....(well, he actually did....he doesn't like how I do it!...something about the knife cutting towards me and putting it into my leg???)






The dimensions:  
It is 4.5 inches thick and the opening is 10.5 inches....so the total width and length is about 20 x 20 inches......I was working with a scrap piece of foam board so that's why mine ended up this size.....make yours whatever sizeyou want!



The tissue paper had been folded in the packet so I just cut 2 strips for every fold line.....my strips were probably about 2 inches in width and however long the tissue paper was.....wider strips seemed to make prettier roses....

Now.....for the hard part!  I'm going to do my best to make something abstract like rolling a rose be as simple as I can......now realize...I am just a "creative copycat".....I am not uniquely artistic....so if  I  figured this out then you can too!!


(Sorry the carpet is in focus and NOT the tissue paper.....grr!)

Roll a tight center......a good center makes for a good rose....I made about 2 tight, complete turns and then put a dot of glue....

Once I had the tight center, I made ONE twist.....


...and I put a dot of glue......(Note:  This is not like making twisted fabric flowers....you do not twist as much.)

Then......I would go about half way around without twisting and put a dot of glue....


Continue this pattern of twisting and wrapping it.......


If you look closely at the picture you can see when I twisted the tissue paper strip and when I just rolled it...


The easy part is that you  just glue it to the foam board.....although.....you want to be prepared to have about a MILLION glue strings!  I'm not sure if it was The Dollar Store glue or the nature of the craft......but there were zillions of strings!


I've thought that the roses would look pretty with some white pearls randomly glued to them, too.....but snow and sick kids have kept me from the craft store....


I'd love to hear what you think, so if you have time....please leave me a comment! 


Smaller Rosette Projects:

Paper Rosette Frame---uses cardstock and took about 20 minutes!
Rosette Canvas Art----took all of 20-30 minutes to make the 10 or so rosettes needed.
Rosette Ball idea---Shelley from the House of Smith's did these....again, similar idea but a shorter amount of time!


I'm linking up with:

 

U Create







Stuff and Nonsense





57 comments:

Tiffany said...

I LOVE it! It is just beautiful! I'm gonna give those roses a shot.....but they look pretty frustrating! You did a great job though!! Wanna make mine??? ;)

Carrie Page said...

Just discovered your blog! Seriously cute stuff! LOVE this wreath and the fact that you made it on a budget is so much cooler. I can't wait to peruse the dollar store to see what my imagination unfolds. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheryl said...

I have GOT to get to the dollar store soon!!! The wreath looks awesome!

Alison said...

Looks well worth the pain Nikki! I'm so glad you linked it up to Fridays Unfolded.

Have a wonderful weekend and take care of those singed fingertips!

Kari said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!! I'll definitely be sharing with my readers!!

Cassie said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! I would love if you linked up to our party! http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentines-day-party.html

=)

Emily said...

I love this! It is so cute for Valentine's day and for the rest of the year I could hang it on my daughter's door :)

Robyn said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

The Noble's said...

WAY cute! I can't wait to try this! I've been looking for a cute wreath for Valentine's and I just found one! Thanks again! :)

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I love the idea of tissue paper over fabric... so dainty! :)

I'm Stephanie said...

I just love this! Great job. Your hubby sounds like mine.

Sparklinbecks said...

This is so beautiful! You inspired me!

http://sparklinbecks.blogspot.com/2011/01/crepe-paper-roses.html

Aubrey said...

really really pretty!

Kara said...

Nicole, this is absolutely beautiful! I love it!

Mimi said...

Being new to the crafting world...I can't quite figure out how to make the roses from looking at the pictures. You should put a video tutorial up! I can't tell if you switch directions while winding the tissue paper or not. I couldn't get mine to look anything like yours, but I'm about to die to make this wreath!

Tami said...

I love the idea of a square wreath! I will have to give this a try!

Lauren said...

WOw! This is awesome. I love the square design you decided to go with. I need to make one of these. I saw your post on Craft-O-Maniac. I'm a brand new follower.

www.theelephantstrunk42.blogspot.com

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

Gorgeous, so glad you linked this pretty wreath up. Have a great night. jen

Brandon and Teresa R said...

it's GORGEOUS! BUT, did those flowers take forever? They look aggravating.....

Kelly said...

This is truly stunning!

Kelly

D said...

So, so pretty!
Donna
www.d-eatrunplay.blogspot.com

Dana said...

BEAUTIFUL! You know, if you have a lot of glue strings you can take a heat embossing gun (or hairdryer) and shrink those strings! :)
Thanks for sharing!!

Liz said...

Love it! Such a great idea. We will be featuring you on our blog. ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing!!

Sabr said...

so beautiful! I would love this any time of the year!

shel said...

this wreath is so pretty!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

The square is awesome!! So very fabulous! Visiting from Paper Issues!

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! ... I love the color....
<3
greetings from Mexico
Tati..

Mandy said...

i cant figure out how to make the roses. its the twisting i cant figure out. can anyone help me?

remes_a@yahoo.com

JTR said...

Very cute!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love it!

MLK said...

Do you think it would work to use regular (Elmer's) glue instead of a glue gun? At least for the rose making part?
I don't think I would have the patience, but wow that's a pretty wreath!

Nicole said...

MLK....Yes...I do, but I think that it would be messier because it would take longer for the glue to dry....check out some of my smaller projects with the roses...they can be completed in about 30 minutes!

cheldi said...

beautiful! i can't wait until my daughter is a little older and we can do things like this together! hopefully her obsession with crafting lasts past the 5 year old phase :)

Kayla said...

LOVE IT!!! It is beautiful! I may give it a try this weekend, if I have some time. Is it alright if I feature you on my blog www.centsiblestyle.com?

Katie said...

FAB-U-LOUS! *sigh*...so many crafts, so little time. :)

tarziesgirl said...

I didn't read all the comments so I don't know if someone already mentioned it already. My husband's family has a business selling fern and greens and I learned something about using hot glue from the florists they sell to. To avoid the glue strings you can put down your dot of glue and do a lot of little circles with the tip of the glue gun just above the glue. The glue will usually seperate and you won't have a glue string. It takes a little extra time, but you won't have to remove them later.

Nicole said...

Thanks for the suggestion! No one mentioned doing that yet! :)

Tracy said...

B E A utiful!

Anonymous said...

A great idea So cute. But not for an amateur crafter. I've sat here all morning making rosettes and they look nothing like whats pictured.

Momof1 said...

It's so beautiful..Do you see any problem in making it on a circular wreath?

Shanna w Creative Therapy said...

Just wanted to let you know I gave you credit at: http://naptimecreativetherapy.blogspot.com/2011/04/cates-birth-sign.html

Vanessa Dawne said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. And such patience! Thanks for a great tutorial.

Good Time Charlie said...

This is so cute! I didn't know about you last February, so thank you so much for sharing. Adding this to my Pinterest Board for "things to Make"!

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

Oh cool, affordable and creative.

Katie said...

I'm loving this wreath! It's absolutely gorgeous! I need to make a Valentine's wreath ASAP! :)

Six Sisters said...

The wreath is soooo cute! We would love to have you come share your great ideas at our weekly link party every Saturday! -The Sisters
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

PitterAndGlink said...

This is beautiful! :)

Christina A said...

I really like this a lot! It doesn't matter that the carpet is in focus haha :)

Kathryn said...

It looks expensive - would not have guessed to look at it that is was made with dollar store items.

Thanks for sharing this with us:)

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James and Summer said...

darling!

Janelle said...

That is simply GORGEOUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Your hubby and his worries sounds like mine. =)

Janelle
homemadethisandthat.blogspot.com

Brittany said...

PLEASE post a video! I cannot figure it out!!!

Tina @ Babycakes Blog said...

That is beautiful, would never have known it was tissue paper. I found you from a link on Six Sister' Stuff. Pinning this right now!

Lisa and Lee said...

I can't figure the twisting part. Can someone help me. leeswifey86@gmail.com

Anu Ganesh said...

very very beautiful!!! I want to try this!

Kenny Nguyen said...

Please make a video for how to make the roses

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