Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Glitterfest Roses

This is a reprint of a tutorial I did last year when I was an itty bitty blogger, but I thought I would share it once again.  These are roses made from coffee filters and book pages with a splash of glitter.  
 At the time I made these roses I was using whatever I had on hand.  White paper plates would have worked better, but the base is a quartered paper plate used as a base for the rose petals.  The rest of the tutorial is as it was printed in the previous post.
I used the coffee filters to come up with a pattern for the book page. The coffee filters are cut into quarters so I tried to make the width of the book petal as wide as the widest part of the quartered coffee filter. Then instead of making it a triangular shape like the coffee filter section, I made a wider base as shown in the photo. I cut a little dip in the shape because rose petals are not perfectly straight across. I outlined one side of the page petal with Tacky Glue and dipped it in silver glitter. I used German glitter I bought from an Etsy shop. It has a slight antique tarnished silver look.

Each rose needs 5 of these glittered petals.
I used white and brown coffee filters and cut them in quarters. You can cut a whole bunch at one time and separate them into a pile of white and brown petals. I started with 5 pieces of the white slightly overlapping the edges of each petal as I went in a circle. I used one of the quarter pieces of the paper plate as my base for this project. Now figure out how high you can count and that's how many hot glue sticks I used. Seriously. I used one after another after another and so on. So lay down 5 white petals in a circle using a hot glue gun. It just takes too long to use Tacky Glue for this part.
Now on top of that use 5 brown quarters and do exactly the same thing.
When that was done, I took 3 white petals and placed them in a circle on top of the brown layer. Then I took 3 brown petals and placed them on top of the 3 white petals kind of placing them in between. So now you have the plate quarter as your base and 4 layers of coffee filter petals. Understand? Now take the book page petals and fold just the base of the petal and sort of pleat from each side in. If you saw my poinsettia project it is very similar except we are not using tape. I pleated or gathered the base of the petal scrunching it in at the bottom of the petal. I stuck a glob of hot glue down and then using a thick wood skewer, I took the flat end and tamped it down after I placed the petal in place. Put down 4 book petals for this layer.
On top of that layer, I put 3 more brown petals always working in a circle. On top of the brown layer place 3 white petals. When I am saying petals, I mean the coffee filter quarters.
Now take your fifth book page petal and roll it up with the glitter side on the inside of the roll. Scrunch the bottom and make a little fold. Use the folded part to make your flower center stand straight up in the center of the flower. In other words, your flower center will have an L-shaped base. Glue that flat part of the L-shape into the center of the flower. Put another glob of glue in the middle of your flower petals and tamp your rolled up page petal into the center.

When that has been placed, take 3 more brown petals and drizzle some glue down into the base around the page petal and stuff the brown petals in. Then do this again with 3 white petals. DO NOT put the glue on the petal before you place it. You will mess up the layers you have already done. Just drizzle glue into the flower aiming for the inside base of your last completed layer. Tamp it down with the wood skewer. As you get to the last layers it is getting tighter and tighter in the center so as you place the glue and stuff the petals in you are not going to see the glue spots. They are hidden by the stuffing procedure you are doing. But the glue will hold the petal in place. Here is one of my finished roses. Believe me, it takes longer to read this tutorial than it did to make a rose. Once you start moving on this project it goes very fast.
I'm working on a new rose for this year, also made from coffee filters and I will be sharing it soon.  These flowers are great for gifts, wedding decor, tree ornaments, etc.  Just to add a little postscript, the book pages were from Reader's Digest pages.  Each page made two petals, and as for the green paper plate, you can't even see the green when the flower is finished.  Happy crafting everyone.

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Gail said...

They are beautiful Maggie!!

Susie said...

Thank you for this lesson sweet Maggie. I will show this to my sister...she likes to make gifts for her co-workers. Smiles, Susie

Unknown said...

Very Sweet! Will need to try....

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are so pretty, Maggie! I think they'd look so pretty tucked into a Christmas tree.

NanaDiana said...

Really sweet, Maggie- I remember them from last year. I can't believe you've only been around a year- seems like I have "known" your forever- xo Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very pretty. I love the mix.

srpprcrftr said...

Your flowers are great Maggie. Really like the different colors of coffee filters and the book pages. Sounds like a lot to do but think once you start it's like a production line. Will look forward to seeing your new rose. Great tutorial.

Donna said...

Love them! The glitter adds the perfect touch, and what a great use of old Reader's Digest books! Thanks for sharing:)

Bliss said...

My girls will be all over making these, so I'm pinning.


Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Maggie, These are so beautiful! Thank you so much for the fantastic tutorial on making them. I want to apologize for taking so long to get back to you about the question you had on the Autumn Chandelier. I just left it plain. Hope this helps you out. Hope you share this creative post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jody said...

Very cute flowers! I really like how you layered the petals and the glitter just makes it so girlie.

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

Tammy said...

What a neat idea! They look great! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

These are so creative and so pretty!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Maggie, Love these roses! Thanks for sharing and Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!


The Charm of Home said...

Very cute! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining me at HSH!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm definitely making these for my tree! Thanks for sharing a letting me pin this. ~ Maureen