I just have to share a fun project I did for V-day. Actually, I love it so much it will stay up all year in my bedroom. I used Daisy Bucket papers and cardstock to make the roses, and the background paper is cut from an old reproduction Sears catalog.
The frame is a simple wooden square frame i found at a thrift store for a $1. Then I added the wooden decorative pieces, painted the whole thing black, and used rubbing paste to give it the bronze/gold shimmer.
Do you want to make some pretty roses too? Of course you do! So lets go!!!!!
Rose making tutorial:
Step 1. You will want to begin by choosing a heavier-weight paper or cardstock. Draw a spiral shape onto the back of the paper you want the roses to be made from. The striped pattern paper is the back of my red paper. I normally do this step lightly with a pencil, but for photography's sake, I did this one with a black marker.
Step 2. Using decorative edge scissors of your choice, cut out the spiral. I used wavy edge scissors, but several other styles could work as well.
Step 3. Ink the outside edges of the spiral all the way to the center. I used a sepia ink.
Step 4. This is the best part. "Man-handle" the outside edge of the spiral by crinkling, folding, and rolling it. This step is what makes the petals look like actual rose petals, and this is why is it important to use heavier paper/cardstock that can take the rough handling. Do this to the outside edge of the spiral all the way to the center.
Step 5. Begin rolling the rose. Start at the outside edge of the spiral and roll the spiral back on itself as shown below. It is important to keep the inside edge of the roll slightly tighter than the outside edge. This will cause the outside edge to "flare" slightly and make it look more like rose petals.
Step 6. This is a continuation of the last step. The photo below shows how the inside edge of the roll is tighter than the outside edge. You can do additional "man-handling" of the outside edge as you roll it. This will result in further petal "flare".
Step 7. This is the almost-completed rose. Notice the very center of the original spiral is left un-rolled. This center part will become the "base" of the rose.
Step 8. Add a glob of hot glue to the rose "base" as shown.
Step 9. Tuck the glued base directly under the bottom of the rose, holding the whole thing together firmly til the glue is cooled and set.