Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Creatives Tuesdays: DIY Giant Paper Rose

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Hello sweethearts! We loooove a brand new week with lotsa brand new stuff to share! And thanks to many of your requests; today we want to share with you on this beautiful gorgeous pieces!  As we all have seen in many 2011 wedding trends, gigantic flowers had come a loooong way.  I remembered when we were planning my sister's wedding back in June 2010 (SA co-director/ founder ms DS); mum was such a huge fan of the huge gigantic roses, together they came up with the HUGE Flowers idea and with corporation of our wedding planners (Flora Etc); they've created a massive rose theme wedding; a breakthrough in the wedding industry. After all, who says flowers have to be practical & small?
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So this time, we'd like to bring you  more DIY on these flowers. Credits goes to Nata's Wedding from  Green Wedding Shoes. They too inspired by a template created by Morgan Levine on Martha Stewart. What makes these flowers uniques & outstanding, is the basic idea which has inspired different brides from everywhere to create their own version of giant flowers whether they're made of paper, fabric or even other materials – special thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos of the DIY + her wedding!

Materials you need (to make one giant rose):
• 1 Roll of floral tape
• 6 18-gauge floral stem wire
• 4 Doublette crepe paper folds for petals
• 1 Doublette crepe paper fold in green for leaves, calyx, stem
• 1 round pencil
• Craft Glue
• Crepe paper templates (download from Martha Stewart)
• 3 copies of teardrop template
• 8 copies of the heart-shaped template
• 2 copies of the leaf template
• 1 copy of the calyx template
diy-giant-paper-rose-04Step 1: Cut the petals

Cut 5-6 teardrop petals and 15-6 heart-shaped petals from the petal colored crepe paper.
VERY IMPORTANT: Crepe paper is directional so it matters which way you’re cutting the paper. Make sure the grain is vertical when you’re cutting the flower pieces.
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Stack 2 pieces of crepe paper on top of each other then place 1 copy of template over the crepe paper and staple. I don’t recommend cutting more than 2 layers of crepe paper at a time since the edges won’t be cut as cleanly.
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Repeat until all of your petals are cut
Step 2: Cut the leaves + calyx
Cut 3 leaves and 1 calyx from the green crepe paper.
Step 3: Make the rose stem
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Take 3 pieces of stem wire and wrap in floral tape.
Step 4: Shape the petals
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With both hands, pull from the center of the petal outward. This will create a cupping of the paper (which is what gives it the petal-like quality)
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Turn petal over and use the round pencil to curl the top of the petal.
Step 5: Create the rose bud – the inner part of the rose
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Take one teardrop shaped petal and wrap around the taped floral wire from Step 3. Use more floral tape to secure. Repeat working your way around the floral wire until all of the teardrop shaped petals are use.
Step 6: Make the rose bloom –the outer part of the rose
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Take one heart-shaped petal and wrap around the rose bud, secure with floral tape. Repeat until all petals have been used.
Step 7: Make the leaf-stems
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Take 3 loose pieces of floral wire and using craft glue, wrap each one with green crepe paper. Take one leaf and 1 crepe paper wrapped floral wire from step 10 and glue together. Repeat 2 more times.
Step 8: Add calyx to rose
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Wrap the calyx around the base of the rose bloom and secure with floral tape.
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Cover the floral tape area with more crepe paper.
Step 9: Add leaf-stems to rose
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Using craft glue, secure each of the 3 leaf-stems to the rose stem. We found it helpful to use binder clips to hold the stems together while the glue was drying.
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And there you go! It might take a little time, but a great (and pretty awesome) alternative to real flowers for your bouquet – plus you can keep these forever!
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big thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos + to reader Nata for the DIY created for GWS

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