Post # 1
After going over some of the wedding expenses I figured I better get on trying to save us a buck and take a stab at the paper roses that so many have had success with. YIKES what was I thinking? My first attempt is a disaster and unable to be completed! If anyone has done these, I’d sure love some pointers. I can’t even get my paper to stick to the floral stem and if I tape the crap out of it, I can’t seem to open the flower up at all. Ugh.
Post # 3
I am making my own flowers too. Here’s the tutorials I have found helpful so far: http://pinterest.com/alliemae/paper-flowers/
Post # 4
@adreynolds: Thank you so much, I’ve checked a few of them out. It looks like there are a lot easier ones than the coffee filter roses I’m trying . I’m determined to get it figured out though as I think they’re the most realistic looking ones.
Post # 5
Maybe buy a kit from Paper Source and then copy it?
Post # 6
@vicozzie: I’ve made a whole bunch of coffee filter roses using Martha Stewart’s template- but I did find that with the last filters I bought they were just a wee bit too small… so I haven’t tried making a whole flower out of the new ones, but they seem to have cut out ok anyway. My best tips are to do it while you’re watching tv once you get the hang of it, it’ll make time go by faster, to have patience- definitely the first few weren’t so nice for me either, and have some degunker nearby if you’re going to make a bunch at once)- i use Simple Green- because your fingers will get really sticky from the tape and it actually makes it more frustrating. The trick to getting the first one to stick is to wrap it really tight and then tape it like 1.5 inches down the stem, then be gentle with the next one and also tape down the stem, then you shouldn’t have a problem getting the rest to stay in place, but I usually tape down the stem anyway after each layer, it just kind of makes it a little smoother looking at the end. Let me know if there’s any other tips I can give you- I’ve seriously made a whole bunch of them!
Post # 7
Try Martha’s crepe paper roses… they’re CRAZY easy to make, and crepe paper is very forgiving.