Handmade paper roses
Parental supervision is recommended
Give a really special Mother's Day gift by crafting these Handmade paper roses. It tends to get a bit messy, but is lots of fun and the finished flowers look wonderful.
What you'll need:
- Handmade paper, in progress
- Styrofoam square or sheet to support drying roses
How to make it:
- Simply create handmade paper, then, while the paper is still wet, cut it into 1-1/2" strips.
- Create petal shapes. Start with a strip which is approximately 2" long. Trim off the corners to form curves.
- Roll tightly around the toothpick, squeezing the bottom of the rose around the end of the toothpick.
- Continue this process with varying lengths of strips to create the petals.
- End with a longer strip - approx. 3" long and squeeze firmly at the bottom so that it will adhere to the toothpick when dry.
- Stick toothpick in styrofoam to allow rose to dry upright. The rose will dry in approximately 24 hours.
- The base of the rose is then created by wrapping with floral tape.
Try out this Handmade Paper recipe at Pioneerthinking.com.
These roses, which will dry to a durable hard shape, can be used by themselves in a vase or in numerous craft creations such as on wreaths, picture frames, and boxes. You can even create lightly-scented paper roses by adding crunched up rose petals to the paper pulp mixture.