Hello, fellow wreath makers. I hope that you're ready to make more flowers. Today's tutorial will show you how to create a medium sized shabby rose. We will be making 18 of these roses to add to our wreath.
You will need:
2" scallop paper punch
3" of cloth covered floral wire per flower (approx. 54" total)
2 buttons per flower (36 total)
Small container of water
Punch four 2-inch scallops for each flower.
Make a small hole in the center of each scallop with the point of a scissors. Cut slits between each scallop about a third of the way into the center.
Ink the edges on both sides of the scallop. How much ink you would like to apply is up to you. I'm a pretty heavy inker because I happen to like the look.
Feed the 3-inch piece of wire through the holes in the button. Dab a bit of matching ink onto the portion of wire that will be exposed.
Submerge the first scallop into water. Remove immediately.
Feed the scallop onto the wire through the hole in the center of the scallop.
Gently squeeze the petals over the button to form a bud shape. Wet paper is very fragile. Take care not to break the petals.
Continue feeding each of the scallops onto the wire, squishing and squeezing each layer onto the previous one.
After all 4 layers have been added, feed a button onto the wire. Twist the wire to secure the layer of petals. This button will not show so you can use old, ugly, or recycled buttons if you'd like.
Gently open up each layer of petals. The petals should have twists and turns in them. This is the look that we are trying to achieve. Once you are pleased with the petal placement, set it aside to dry. After the petals are fully dried, they will be stiff and retain their shape.
The flower on the left has not been inked. It has very little visual definition compared to the two on the right. Even so, having a few solid flowers will add interest to the project.
I hope you enjoy making these flowers. I had to stop myself from making too many. It is very easy to get carried away because they are so much fun to make.
See you on Tuesday for the next installment. Have a wonderful weekend.