Quick Craft: Beautiful, Cheap, Easy…Paper Roses!

Roses aren’t very synonymous with Christmas, but these are so sweet and simple that I thought they’d be a great addition to the Crafty Crunch list. Easy for kids to make, and with a few dozen in various sizes…and some inconspicious trimming from the tree…I think would make a wonderful center-piece, for either a dinner table, or candlescape.

Again…this Crafty Crunch didn’t go exactly how I’d planned…what with my unexpected gallbladder surgery, having to move, and being in the midst of construction. As well, James’ schedule is all over the place the last few weeks. Partially due to the moving, and teething (I think). I’m lucky if I can find an hour total to get online…broken down into five minute segments here and there throughout the day. So…………………….trying my best to stick to what I planned, I’m having to usurp tutorials from other crafty folk. Crossing my fingers that they’ll be generous in sharing. Hopefully soon…I’ll be able to post tutorials of my own.

This great little project, along with excellent photos….is courtesy of  Wendy from Dozi Designs. Great blog, as well as a beautiful little Etsy shop. Make a point to check her out!

I thought some of you would enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make those little paper flowers I used as part of my table setting a couple weeks ago. The credit for these go to Martha Stewart (I saw this idea nearly 10 years ago in her magazine, but haven’t been able to find it on her website). So here I go..

Step 1: Draw a spiral on a 4×4″ square sheet of paper
Paper flower tutorial: step 1

Step 2: Cut out spiral along lines you have drawn
Paper flower tutorial: step 2

Step 3: Begin rolling up the spiral from the outside
Paper flower tutorial: step 3

Step 4: Keep on rolling until there’s no more left to roll
Paper flower tutorial: step 4

Step 5: You’re done!
Paper flower tutorial: done!

I used a slightly heavier weight paper for this one, but you can use normal paper as well. You can use squares of various sizes to have different sized flowers. Besides sticking them on branches, they would be great scattered on the table as well. Heck, you can even make a little bouquet of them. Have fun!

Note: You may use a bit of glue or double-stick tape to keep the flower from unrolling and loosening up with time. I didn’t glue the ends for these specific flowers and they held up alright.

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