I think roses can add energy, color and beauty to any space. Of course, fresh roses are ideal, but they don’t last forever, and they can also be expensive to upkeep as daily decor.
I searched for a great way to infuse the likeness of fresh roses (ones that would remain fresh without me watering them), and I stumbled upon this wonderful tutorial on how to make beautiful roses using tissue paper.
I personally love bright colors so in my tissue paper rose DIY I decided to use bright pink, and I also added a Midas touch with gilded stems using metallic gold spray paint. Here’s what you will need to make your own!
- 3 sheets of bright pink tissue paper (about 20 inches in length and then respectively 2 1/2 inches, 3 inches and 3 1/2 inches in width)
- 1 skewer
- Glue stick
- White sowing thread
First, let’s prep our petals. You’ll need three petal layers. The smallest layer will measure 20 inches in length and 2 1/2 inches in width, the middle layer will measure 20 inches in length and 3 inches in width, and then the largest and top most layer will measure 20 inches in height and 3 1/2 inches in width.
Once you have your petal layers trimmed and ready, you’ll take your smallest layer, which will act as the inner most rose petals and roll it up around the skewer. When the layer is rolled up, press down to flatten it. Prep the remaining layers the same way.
Next, we’ll cut out a petal shape from each layer like the one above. Make sure to leave a base in tact which you will use to wrap around your stem. Also, make sure the base is about the same size for each layer, while maintaining the different petal sizes.
When you open up each layer it should look something like the image above. Some may be rounder and some may have heart-like shapes, but once we wrap them around the stem, they’ll transform into beautiful rose petals.
OK, now it’s time to start creating our inner most petal layer. Start at one end of your petals and glue the edge while you make your first wrap around the skewer. This will ensure that the rose petal center won’t slip up or down the skewer. Then begin to roll the petals around the entire skewer tip. When you have reached the end, again fortify the layer’s position by gluing it down.
You are going to want to do the same thing with the last 2 layers, using the widest layer as your top most layer. Now, instead of just gluing the top most layer down, I fasted in by wrapping it tightly with some thread. This will ensure that all layers stay fastened to the stem.
Before, we even start molding the petals of the rose, make sure to separate the layers from each other to shape it into a rose. You may want to leave the center petals in tact as the inner most petals of a rose are usually pressed closer together.
We are almost there! Now you’ll want to start rolling some of the leaves edges to give it a more natural look. You can use a second skewer to help you roll the tissue paper.
Finally, like I had mentioned above, I wanted to add my own little signature touch with a splash of gold. I used a metallic gold spray paint to give the stem a whimsical and decorative finish.You’ll also notice I left the string in tact. You can color the stem and base (including the string) of the rose in gold to bring it all together.
You can use these bright roses to liven up your table settings. They contrast beautifully with white china. Use a bouquet of the roses to tie everything together.
You can also use the roses to dress up your wine glasses. Add two or three stems to each wine glass to create signature centerpieces at each place setting.
I added a few stems to our long stem red wine glasses. A mixture of wine glasses and roses gives each centerpiece a clever and playful touch.The gold rose stems also give each rose a very clean look as they crisscross in the crystal bowl. I chose to use long stem wine glasses in an effort to create an extension for the roses themselves. After all, we all love long stem roses!