Last week I was looking through my Valentine’s Day Home Decor board on Pinterest and came across a tutorial on making rosettes from crepe paper. I have to admit I’m not the craftiest girl, but every year around this time I decide that I’m Martha Stewart’s twin sister and I believe I can make anything.
I would grab my supply list and head off to Michael’s. With excitement and anticipation thrumming through my veins, I would walk up and down each aisle gathering every single item on the list all the while knowing, just knowing!, I was about to make the most special craft ever.
I would stand in line, tapping my foot, dreaming about how awesomely wonderful this craft would turn out even though the last ten had not turned out so well. I gladly paid the $86.43 for the supplies, although buying the already made item would have cost me less than $25 bucks! But mine would be made with love so I knew the extra money spent would be worth it!
Yes, those fond memories crossed my mind when I was watching the rosette tutorial, but crepe paper only costs a couple of bucks so I thought I would give it a shot. I picked up a roll of red crepe paper in the party section at Target and it was literally $2.oo. If you would like to give this a try, but don’t necessarily want to do a Valentine’s display, then you could use a color to match your home decor.
I cut the crepe paper into 24 inch strips. Next, I crinkled the paper up into a tight little ball to give it a little more texture and then I straightened it back out into a nice flat line. Then, I folded the top 1/3 of the paper down, pressing down to make a nice flat folded line. Finally, it was time to start rolling it into a rosette.
Amy from The Idea Room has a great step by step tutorial on how to make the rosettes and since I’m a firm believer in not reinventing the wheel, I’m going to send you over there to get the how to’s. Sorry for the inconvenience, but she does an excellent job explaining how she makes the rosettes. You can see her video and her pics here.
I made my rosettes smaller and tighter than Amy’s because they had to fit into a limited space on my picture frame.
I found my printable from The Graphics Fairy. It was originally a single scroll pattern taken from an antique wrought iron fence and I turned it into a triplicate repeating pattern.
FREE SCROLLWORK PRINTABLE which I used as the background.
Squeeze the rosettes in close to one another and “fluff” or slightly loosen the crepe paper if you need a rosette to look fuller.
And there you have it folks! This was simple enough for me to do, so I know you can do it, too!
Hope you enjoyed it! Leave me a comment or question and I’ll get back to you!