Those who are closest to me know that I have three loves in life (after the hubby and kiddos of course) : roses, the beach and shabby chic. I recently came across this pin on pinterest and loved the idea that I can make roses that will last forever. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving fresh roses from the hubby, but these can decorate my home and never fade away!!!!
First let me say that these were not as easy as I thought they would be, but are very much worth it after you get the hang of it and see your completed rose in all it’s glory!! I had to make several before I finally got the hang of it and finished one that looked good.
A few things I learned: use real watercolor paints not watered down craft paints. While the watered down craft paints will work, I think it is worth the extra to buy the watercolors. They seem to spread on the filters smoothly while the craft paints get too thick when trying to get a good color. Also, hang the rose upside down and let it dry overnight before you start curling the ends and shaping the rose. If you wait, you will be able to manipulate the rose very easily. Thirdly, patience is very important!! If you are not a patient person, this will be one heck of a project for you! (Believe me, I am extremely impatient and had to calm myself several times before I finally settled down!!)
I also got a little creative and made a rose out of a shabby chic napkin and painted it with triple thick instead of paint and it turned out pretty as well!! While mine look nothing like the beautiful roses in the pin, I think that I can get pretty close after some more practice!!
Here is my end product………..
Being the rose lover that I am I also came across another pin that had a tutorial for a different way to make roses out of crepe paper. Being the ever so lovable shabby chic queen, I decided to make these with a napkin and crepe paper and came out with this result…..
I have to say I love both of them!!! Hope the hubby is ready because there are about to be roses all over the house!!!
My Recommendation: Both tutorials are amazing and achievable with some time, effort and patience. I give these pins an A+ !!