Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tight wad.

OK, who's up for a bit of recycling and saving money.....I said I was a tight wad didn't I?

Ta Da!  Super pretty flowers made out of material scraps.  Today I am going to show you how to make the scrumptious (Prima type) red roses.  There are probably loads of tutorials out there to show this but this is the way I did it:

You will need:

  • Something circular to draw around
  • Tulle or taffeta type material scraps
  • Some brads
  • Stickles
  • A candle
  • Tweezers
  • A pen

Right here we go.....

Draw around your your circle with the material folded over a few times (this saves you cutting out each one individually). I used a white pen (so I could see it in this case).  Use a variety of sizes, two of each of five different sizes will do.  Then cut them out. 

Now the fun bit for anyone who has pyromaniac tendencies.  With tweezers melt the edges of the circle over a candle flame.  Be careful not to get too near and turn the circle quickly or you may get a more shriveled look than you wanted.  You can always go round again if you haven't quite got the desired look.

When you are happy with your circles, use a brad to fix them together.  Placing the smallest on the top and the largest last.

OK, it looks like a rose now but we are not finished yet.  With a tube of stickles (I used Stardust), go around the edges with the glitter glue.  Just dab it randomly, don't worry about covering every piece.

Now you have a pretty rose embellishment.

This was my first go at making these but it was very easy and I think they look fantastic.  I really enjoyed making them and knowing they were not costing me anything felt so good. 

I will be back soon to show you the other flowers photographed at the top of the page.


  1. ooh, pretty pretty!
    That colour is just so gorgeous too... now you have to add them to one of your fantastic projects and show it off :)

  2. Whar a great Idea! this is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  3. Thanks for sharing. this a great tutorial and the flowers look fantastic :)

  4. great tutorial, they are gorgeous x

  5. They do look fantastic! I'm very taken with these Alana, thank you. They may be coming to a blog near you soon..

  6. Oh that is soooo nifty, love it & beautiful flowers.

  7. These are Lovely ! Thanks

  8. Lovely roses, and thanks for the tutorial!