Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Make Fabric/Coffee Filter Flowers Part II: Silk Garden Roses

This past week I have been a petal painting fool! My fingers are permanently purple, because I am not one of those mythical neat and clean artists who doesn't get paint on anything. (Seriously, if you are one of these magical beings can you teach me your ways? No matter what I do I get paint on EVERYTHING. )

Last week I showed you how I paint the fabric/coffee filter petals, and now I'm going to show you how I assemble the roses. The roses I am making today resemble a garden rose.  They have fun messy centers. I'll show you how to make a standard rose in a separate tutorial.

 It really is quite easy once you get the hang of it, but it might take a couple of flowers before you have it down exactly how you want it.

This is what the finished product will look like.  I will give you a couple of ways to tweak it at the end.

Here is what you'll need:

- Sturdy Wire ( I went to the hardware store. Floral wire that I could find was too thin. I have floral wire pictured up in the corner but didn't end up using it.)
- Floral Tape
- Tear drop shaped petals (Either silk or coffee filters, whichever you prefer)
- Wire cutters
- Scissors


- First, you'll want to cut a 10-12" piece of wire and straighten it out. The length really depends on what exactly you want to do with the flowers in the end.  I like to have extra wire since you can always trim it later.

-   Since my petals were already pre-cut I cut them in half for this next step.  If you just have loose petals you'll want to use two petals.

-  Take the two petals in your hand and loosely fold them so they are just kind of ruffled together. You want it to be very organic and random. You should have a nice little "petal wad".

- You are going to then attach this petal wad to the end of the wire by wrapping it with floral tape.  The trick to make floral tape work is to pull it pretty tight as you wrap it.

- After you get that one taped you'll want to do it again and add another petal wad (I should really stop saying petal wad) or two.  Just keep taping until you end up with something like this:

I used two here because I wanted my roses to be on the smaller side.

-  From here on out you'll be adding petals one at a time. I like to add petals one at a time but tape every two petals. I know that's confusing, but it's just to save time so I'm not taping EVERY single petal. However, don't get too carried away... you'll still need to tape at least every two petals because otherwise the petals will fall out.  If you want extra security tape every petal.

-  Just simply wrap the single petals (pointy end down) around the already attached petals; taping as you go. 

- After the first few petals you'll want to start curling the petals a bit before you attach them. You do this by rolling just a little but if the round edge between your thumb and forefinger. Keep adding petals until you are happy with the size.


 -  If you want to have larger roses you'll need to make longer sizes of petals.  Basically as the rose grows larger the petals need to be longer so they can be securely attached to the wire but still be even with the other petals.
-    I also recommend using some heart shaped long petals for the outer petals on larger roses.  You will attach them the same, and just curl the two "humps" of the heart a little before attaching them. 
-  If you want a larger rose I would add a few more petal wads to the center of the flower. (Ha! I snuck "petal wad" in there again.)

Check out this post to see how I turned these flowers into a bouquet!

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