DIY: Rosebuds

You might have noticed on top of my purple pineapple – otherwise known as my DIY: Ombre Vase – the little rosebuds.

This DIY was actually really difficult tedious. I did it with my BFF and we were both ready to call it quits.

I took my inspiration from The Idea Room, and as you can see, mine looks nothing like hers! A girl can only dream.

Materials

  1. Tissue paper streamers – I bought mine at dollarama, but they only had ugly colours remaining in the regular sized streamers, so I bought pretty pink colours in small sized streamers. I think this was my downfall. So definitely buy regular sized streamers (regular sized in width – about 2-3 inches).
  2. Glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Styrofoam ball to glue your rosebuds on

Directions

  1. Cut your streamers into 24 inch strips. You can crumple the paper if you want the paper to be softer (optional)
  2. Take one end and begin rolling the strip between your fingers
  3. Every 3-4 inches, twist the paper 180 degrees. Keep rollin’
  4. Now roll, twist, roll twist, etc etc etc etc
  5. Glue your roses onto your styrofoam ball

So, did you get beautiful roses like The Idea Room? Or not-quite bloomed rose buds like me?

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DIY: Ombre Vase

I have seen so many versions of this craft all over the web, so much so, that I doubted it would even need an introduction!

But, just in case, and without further adieu..

The Plastic Spoon Ombre Vase (pictured on the far right, behind the white birdie)

Materials (all available at Dollarama)

  1. Plastic spoons
  2. Acrylic Paint – buy one base colour, i.e. purple, blue, etc. and buy white so you can make different shades
  3. Glue gun and sticks
  4. Any type of jar (I used an old coffee canister)

Instructions

  1. Cut off the heads of the spoons. I needed 12 heads per row. Try to guestimate how many you’ll need by measuring your jar
  2. Line your spoon heads on newspaper or a plastic sheet in as many rows as will fit on your jar (I had four rows)
  3. Take your base colour and create your different shades. Play around, adding more and more white paint for each row of spoons.
  4. Once you’ve perfected your colours, begin painting your spoon heads, each row the same colour.
  5. Let your spoons dry. While they are drying, you  might consider painting your jar or canister. I painted mine black.
  6. Once everything is dry, begin glueing the spoon heads onto the canister. You can arrange your spoon heads from dark to light or light to dark, facing up or facing down, your choice! Although it seems most people agree the downward direction of the spoon head is more attractive.

Do you like it? To be honest, I am slightly indifferent towards mine. It looks kind of funny. But the examples I’ve seen look really pretty, so maybe I will give it another go.

Check out Addicted2Decorating for a pretty example. In fact, check out her whole website. It’s awesome 🙂

What do you think? Did you try it?