Craft Valentines Day

January 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Crepe Paper Roses Tutorial

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  I am the only female in this house of six, and rarely do I have an occasion to add a little something girly in the house.  Especially in pink!  I was inspired by these hanging flower balls at the House of Smith’s blog.  But alas, I have no little girls to hang these in their rooms.  They were too cute not to do, so I made smaller versions for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece.

For this project you can raid the dollar store!  I purchased everything but the vase from ours.  I purchased white, pink and red packages of crepe paper streamers.  I also purchased a package of 3″ styrofoam balls, as well as a bag of mini styrofoam balls that were meant as a snow man kit.  They measured 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ in size.  Of course you will need your hot glue gun and sticks.

How To

First cut your streamers into 24″ strips
Then crumple the strip in your hand to soften it.
Unravel and flatten back out, then turn down the top third of the strip
Start off by rolling tightly for about six or seven turns, and then glue.
This will be the center of the flower.
Now comes the tricky part.
You need to twist and turn the crepe paper around the center point.
 It is almost like twisting and making a bow tie shape.
This will take trial and error to get down.  You will get frustrated and hate the first few that you do.  But trust me, after a few you will be making them quickly and they get better as you go along.  You definitely have to “get the feel of it”, and despite reading the directions several times I had to just jump in and work on it.
You can use the hot glue to secure your work at any point.  Some just use it to start and at the end.  I tend to glue a lot as I go along because I don’t want mine to unravel if my hands slip.
At the end you will have a bit of a nub from where you started in the center.
Just cut it off so that it lays flat.
All done!
Then glue to the Styrofoam form.  Be sure to not squish them to close together and let them shine!
I did the pink ball on a 3″ form, the red ball on a 2″ form and the white ball on a 1″ form.  Remember that the width of flowers will at least double the width of your form.
Finally, I purchased a glass container from Walmart for five dollars.  I also purchased a spool of pink ribbon at the dollar store.  Placing the balls into the glass container, I just let the ribbon fall loosely to take up some visual space.  Final cost of this project was $11.  I also have plenty of supplies left to make several more balls to add to a taller, thinner glass container to compliment this one.
Here is all three colors again
And here is just the pink and the red for a bit tighter color palette.
I think they came out beautifully!  A simple, pretty centerpiece for our table to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Have a question?  Let me know and I’ll try to answer it!

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  1. This is awesome and so pretty! I want to rush right out to CVS and buy crepe paper – but have a sick little boy lying on the couch! Would it be wrong to make hubby stop on the way home…? Directions printing now – can't wait to try it.

  2. So cute! I've never had a reason to make crepe paper roses before, but yours make me what to try:)

  3. Such an easy pretty idea! Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I'm impressed – everytime I have done anything with crepe paper or tissue paper it ends up a gooey mess that is glued to my fingers 🙂 Beautiful flowers! Barbara

  5. Love this idea! We just did a tissue paper heart wreath – & never thought to use crepe paper. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Very cute! I have that same vase and love to fill it with things like that.

  7. these are great!! and i love the whole centerpiece 🙂 looks like it is not too touch… i might try it! i'm afraid i won't have the patience… but maybe!!

  8. I'm sitting here looking at this with my very sleepy daughter who just perked up at the thought of making these roses! They are so lovely!

  9. So cute and girlie–just up my alley! 😉 Thanks for doing the tutorial on how to make them. They sound tricky, but your pictures helped a lot!! Loved this craft. 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining my party (and for linking back–I so appreciate that!). Have fun finding some new reads! Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon! 🙂

  10. WOW! That is super cute! I too am surrounded by boys (well, for now just James Bond and Indy-Han Solo is due soon-but they are very boyish) and I need some pretty and pink! I love this. I already have the foam balls and probably crepe paper too. I must do this! Thanks for the tute!

  11. turned out fabulous!! i just got some big vases at target for $3!! great idea!

  12. That is so pretty and looks pretty easy! I'll have to give it a try, I have the perfect vase in mind to fill! Thank you!

  13. I am in the middle of making some of these, but they take forever. The payoff is totally worth it. Very cute!

  14. I am in the middle of making some of these, but they take forever. The payoff is totally worth it. Very cute!

  15. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog says:

    wow, these are sooo beautiful!! i'm not sure if i'll have time to actually make them but the end result is gorgeous!

  16. I LOVE those crepe paper rose balls on Shelley's blog! They can be used for EVERYTHING! I've made 2 so far for a project and have plans to make a few more for decorating! Thanks for sharing your take on how to decorate with them!! =)

  17. says:

    These came out so nicely! What a lovely idea for Valentine's Day!

  18. I like to craft on and off and havent really used a glue gun before so i wanted to ask woudnot the hot glue gun melt the styrofoam at the place where it is glued?

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