Post # 1
Hi girls… I just had to show-off my mock-up for my centerpiece. I saw someone on the boards many months ago that was talking about how to make these roses out of coffee filters, so I went over to marthastewart.com and found out how to do it myself. Now I just need to figure out how to dye the roses the right color. I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t look goofy before I went through dying them all. I’m really happy with how they’re shaping up. The base is a christmass decoration I got for 90% off after the holidays were over… only $2.00!!! What do you guys think?? Any ideas about how to dye the roses a deep red/burgundy? The pink one in the pic was done with food coloring.
Post # 3
I think they are really beautiful. I can’t really think of another method for dyeing them besides food coloring though… maybe try fabric dye from the craft store? it might be richer and darker than a bajillion drops of red from those little food coloring bottles.
Post # 4
When I saw coffee filter roses as the subject, I was a little nervous, but those look really nice and the vase is super cute!
Post # 5
I’m kind of dissappointed that you aren’t just keeping one red/pink rose! I thought it looks very artsy & mod! 🙂
Post # 6
thanks ladies. I was intrigued when I first heard about coffee filter roses too, so I googled and was really impressed with some of the pictures. We’re on a pretty tight budget, so I was trying to find a way to get the most out each penny… these are coming in at about $4.00 apiece! I’m not trying to fool anyone into thinking they’re real flowers, but I think they look nice and I’ve incorporated some other paper elements so it’s more of a theme now than just a cost-saving measure. Here’s a better picture of the roses… still a cell phone pic, but closer.
Post # 7
@RecessionistaBride haha… with all the time it’s taking to make these things I may just end up doing that!
Post # 8
Fabric dye would probably be your best bet. I imagine you’d have to have a very very strong solution to get them red. Maybe even add in some black if you want to get them a deep red.
The pink are awesome though. You’ve inspired me to learn how to do them (now I’ll just have to find a place for them).
Post # 9
I did a similar project dying porous paper. Pour 1/4 inch of water into a wide shallow dish, add several drops of food coloring, and stick the coffee filter upside down in it so just the edges are under water. The water will seep up the sides. You could probably pull the filter out when the color reaches half way, to give it that ringed-edge look. Dry them hanging upside down draped over a tall glass, so the wet edges aren’t touching anything. For burgundy flowers, you’ll want to add a lot of coloring to the water. Good luck! I’m sure this is going to be a fun project!
Post # 10
Those honestly look real!! Where did you learn to make these? I would love to make some just to have!! Way cute idea, I also love your vase!!
Post # 11
This may take a while, but you could try coloring them by hand with a marker or sharpie, then putting them briefly in water to smooth out the color
Post # 12
i love the flower. i saw the tutorial and love the idea but for me is to complicated! you did soo good
Post # 13
I love these roses! A friend is getting married in May and we’re working on these to use as centerpieces. Her wedding colors are red and white. I wouldn’t use food dye. Acrylic paint is best. I’m using “Anita’s Acrylic Craft Paint”. They have a variety of colors:
Just add a bit of water and you’re good to go. I don’t have the specific amount of water to paint, but I do know that if you add 50% or more of water, the paint doesn’t “bond.” You can try 3 parts paint to 1 part water, but it really depends on the color you’re trying to get.
Post # 14
I used watered down acrylic paint. They turned out well. Just use more water if you want the color lighter. It worked better than the food coloring and wine and koolaid I tried.
Post # 15
@bb1975: Yes, acrylic paint works well. Get the higher quality (in tubes) rather than the small bottle craft type. Higher quality has more pigment, less water. You can then add the water to control the color.