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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D I Y Monogram Wreath

I enjoy hanging a pretty wreath on my front door, but I just can’t make myself spend a lot of money on a wreath. Most get faded way too soon, and have to be replaced. Because of this, and a small budget, I usually end up making my own.

The biggest dilemma is what to do in between the holidays and seasons. I just removed my Valentines Day wreath (which I paid $1 for), and want to replace it with something till spring arrives. I started searching for ideas on Pintrest. This is my favorite source for new, budget friendly ideas. I saw a lot of holiday and seasonal ideas, but one type of wreath just kept popping up – a monogram wreath. Monograms are so popular right now, and all the craft stores carry various monogram letters in different fonts. I already had a large letter “P” for our last name, and never did anything with it. I also have several grapevine wreaths that I save and change out for this type of project. I can ususally find one at Good Will for a couple of dollars or less.  Artificial flowers are available at the dollar store, so I always have plenty left over from projects. I search through my stash and found some that I thought would work for my new wreath.

I found a picture on Pintrest of a design that I liked, and used it for my pattern. This wreath had tulips, but since I didn’t have any of those, I just used what I had. This design is from the blog Sugar Bee Crafts, called the Spring Tulip Wreath.

I liked the burlap bow, but I’m not very good at making bows. I recently found a used wreath with a straw base. It was wrapped in a ribbon with an attached bow. I decided to reuse this bow on my wreath. This saved me a little time and stress because I didn’t have to make a bow from scratch.

I began by gathering all my supplies, a grapevine wreath, flowers, bow, glue gun, monogram letter, spray paint and twine.The stems of the flowers have to be cut to separate them from the bunch. Just separate each stem and cut at the bottom with wire cutters. Next, start arranging your flowers. I just tuck them in the twigs of the grapevine wreath. Most of the time I can get them in tight, but if they won’t stay, glue them with a glue gun. I tried to lay out my flowers on one side like the tulip wreath above.

I left room in the center to place my bow.

The bow that I had was already wired, but the wire was really thick and hard to manipulate, so I cut off the access, and decided to attach my bow by tying it to the wreath with some twine. The twine will blend in with the twigs.

 

You can see how I attached the bow in this picture. I added a little glue to secure the twine, and tied it in a double knot.

If I decide to rework this wreath at some point, it will be easy to remove all the flowers and the bow. That’s why I really like using grapevine wreaths. They are really easy to clean off and reuse again. I feel like I’m getting my moneys worth because I can use it again and again.

Here is what the wreath looks like after I attached to bow to the front. I think it looks pretty just like it is, but I wanted to add my monogram. I have had my letter for a while. It has been hanging in my dinning area. Kind of reminiscent of Mary Tyler Moore and her “M” on her wall. My letter was black, so I knew that I would have to paint it to use it in my wreath. I thought about color, and decided on white. If I take the wreath apart, I can use my letter again, and I thought that white would work best for that purpose. Plus, white will show up really well in my wreath.

It took about three coats of white spray paint to ensure a solid coverage. Since my wreath will be hanging outside in the elements, I knew that I needed to spray it with a top coat of clear enamel to protect it from water damage.

I attached the letter with some glue, but found it hard to get the glue to hold on the twigs of the wreath. I finally got it to hold, but just for security, I took some twine and tied the letter to the wreath. At least I know that it won’t fall off and break if the glue comes lose.

Well, here is the completed project. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I really like the fact that this wreath was completely free. I already had all the supplies. That’s the best kind of project, right?

This was an easy wreath to make, and it looks really nice on my front door.  It looks kind of like spring because of the flowers that I used, but you could make this with just greenery. I plan to leave this up until I make an Easter wreath, and after the holiday I will probably hang this one back out again.

Give this project a try. It would make a great gift for a friend.