Roses That Never Fade

I was trying to come up with a simple project to make for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. I don’t know about you, but I always thinks of roses and chocolates when I think of this day. Something about the combination is just perfect.

I love roses, I mean, what’s not to love about a rose. Roses are beautiful! They come in all colors, and sizes, and they smell heavenly. Heavenly roses reminds me of the beautiful hymm, “Where The Roses Never Fade.” Have you ever heard this hymn, it’s lovely. I thought I would type it out for you to read….

I am going to a city,
Where the streets with gold are laid,
Where the tree of life is blooming,
And the roses never fade.

Here they bloom but for a season;
Soon their beauty is decayed.
I am going to a city,
Where the roses never fade.

In this world we have our troubles,
Satan snares we must evade.
We’ll be free from all temptations,
Where the roses never fade.

Loved one’s gone to be with Jesus,
In their robes of white arrayed.
They are waiting for my coming,
Where the roses never fade.

Here they bloom but for a season;
Soon their beauty is decayed.
I am going to a city,
Where the roses never fade.

O I am going to a city….
Where the roses never fade…

What a beautiful, glorious thought, to be reminded that there’s a better place waiting for us some day. Roses in Heaven will (hopefully there will be roses there) will be perfect, and without nasty thorns!

Roses seemed like the prefect idea for a Valentine project. My daughter and I used to make felt flowers and turn them into pins and headbands. Occasionally, we would make a rose. See the roses below, they are made out of felt, and will last a long time.

If you would like to make some felted roses, there are a lot of templates online that you can get for free to make your own, but, I want to show you how to make a coffee filter rose. I made some of these a few years ago while creating an art project. If you haven’t seen any of these roses, you will be surprised how beautiful they look.

                   

These roses look complicated, but they are actually quite each to make. I even made a wreath last Valentine’s Day with just plain white filters.

          

To make the roses, you just need coffee filters, food coloring or acrylic paint, a glue gun, and in my case, a pin back to make a pin for Valentine’s Day, and a small piece of felt.

Fold your filters in quarters, and to add variety, I cut them into 3 different sizes. You will need at least 6 total to make a flower, so I made 2 in each size. You can also cut a scalloped edge on them to make them look more realistic.

             

Next, make your colors. As you can see above, I just used my acrylic paint and diluted each with water. It just takes a couple of drops of paint, then add water. Next, you will dip your filter into the paint. You can dip into several colors with one filter, or just try one color.

Next, you have to be patient unfold the filters and wait for them to dry. I used a hair dryer to speed up the process, but if you have the time, you could dye them one night, and finish them the next day. If they aren’t completely dry, you can still make the flowers. Begin stacking your filters, largest to smallest. You will glue each layer in the center with a glue gun until you have all your “petals.” Then, you just scrunch up the petals until you make it look realistic.

        

Now you have created a beautiful rose. See how simple. The possibilities are endless with this project. I made a pin with mine, but you could make a whole stack of them, and use them to adorn cards, wreaths, hats, etc. They aren’t as delicate as they look.

      

As I mentioned, I made mine into a pin. I just cut a circle out of a piece of felt, glued the pin back onto the felt, and then glued the felt onto the back of my pin. My pin is a little large, but you can make it smaller by cutting your filter pieces smaller.

       

I hope you give these beautiful roses a try, these roses want die. They would make a beautiful gift for someone on Valentine’s Day or Easter, Mother’s Day – all coming up.

Hope you have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric Button Rings

When I was a teenage girl, there were a few items that I just loved. I loved watches, cute coats, stationary, pins, and rings. I never had a lot of spending money, but I could usually find a cute ring or pin.

Through the years, I got away from my teenager fades, but recently I have been reminded of those things. Sometimes, I will see a pin on Pinterest of an item from the 80’s, and it takes back.

I have three children, and my youngest is now a teenager. She isn’t into a lot of the same things that I was at her age (times have changed). Recently though, I have discovered that she likes rings. This makes me happy if only for the fact that it is something that we share.

I homeschool, and every Friday we do something called “handicrafts.” It’s usually just a fun project that may or may not be related to anything we’ve been discussing. The main goal of handicrafts is to learn a skill such as crochet, sewing, cooking, etc. – useful skills. However, sometimes we make something just for fun.

Since I knew she liked rings, I decided to make this a simple project, and had found some information on making a fabric covered button ring. To do this project you will need a fabric button making kit, glue, wire cutters, fabric and an adjustable blank ring.

The rings that I used were just a set of adjustable rings in the jewelry section. They had a flat heart on the front that will be covered by the button. The tutorial uses a blank ring that you would find in a craft store, but this worked fine for our project. If I was making the rings for profit, I would have used the recommended rings.

I made the fabric buttons using the instructions on the back of the packaging.

The first thing to do is to cut the metal wire out of the button back with wire cutters. You will not need this to make your ring.

Pick a fabric with a pattern and colors that you like. Cut out a circle about 2 or 3 times larger than your button cap.

Next you will push the cap into the plastic button mold. I trimmed some of the excess fabric, but you need to leave some. Push the extra fabric into the mold.

      

The next step is to place the back of the button on the fabric and push in inside the mold with the blue cap from the kit.

               

Now you have a cute fabric button.

Next, you will need to get your glue. Below is a picture of the glue that I used. I had used this for another project, so I didn’t see the need to buy another type of glue. This one worked just fine for this project. Also below is a close up of the ring pack that I purchased. The tutorial that I found said to use a blank ring that you would find in a craft store, one that would have a metal disc on the front so you could attach a stone, or pendant of some kind. I didn’t have an opportunity to go hunting for one of these, so I found something I thought would work. It’s ok to deviate from instructions, just get creative and use what you have if you can’t find listed materials. The rings I bought worked just fine, and I got them for less than $1 each ($4.88 for 5 rings). The size is also adjustable. Can’t beat that for the price of a ring. I had all the other materials.

      

 

The next step is to turn over your fabric button and fill the cavity with some glue. Don’t used too much because it will overflow when you add the ring.

                              

Get your rings, and just push the front into the glue. You just hold it in place for a few minutes, and let it dry 24 hours before wearing. That’s it! Now you have a cute, custom, adjustable fabric covered button ring.

You can make a lot of different things with these fabric covered buttons. I did a search and there are projects for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hair accessories, and you can even attach them to large paper clips for a cute book mark. There are endless possibilities, and they are so easy to make.

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project, and I pray you have a great week!