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?

DIY: Newspaper Roses

Wow. What a bad blogger I have been! My latest DIY is a combination of two DIYs though. I also had very minor day surgery so forgiveness? Please?

I really like these roses. However, they are surprisingly not that easy to make. Unless you are good at folding newspaper, which I am awkwardly not!

Materials

  1. Newspaper
  2. Glue (stick or white)
  3. Paint (acrylic) and brushes
  4. Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut the newspaper into stripes that are as tall as the length of the newspaper, and about 4 inches wide. You can change the width which will change the size of the rose.
  2. Glue together two stripes of newspaper at their ends so that you have one long strip.
  3. Fold your strip in half lengthwise. Then unfold, leaving a fold crease down the middle.
  4. Fold the newspaper lengthwise again, this time having both sides meet at the middle crease. Do not unfold.
  5. Fold the newspaper once more at the middle crease, giving yourself a long skinny strip of newspaper, four newspaper sheets thick.
  6. Take one end of your strip and squeeze it together, this is your rose’s bud.
  7. Begin wrapping the newspaper around the bud, not too tightly or too loosely, occasionally glueing the paper down.
  8. Every 8 inches twist the newspaper strip 180 degrees and continue ravelling.
  9. Once finished, glue the end of the strip to the bottom of your rose.
  10. Smush the rose and gently fold out the ends to give it more of a rose like appearance.
  11. Paint it whatever colour you desire!

Check out Michelle Made Me’s blog for her similar instructions!