Good afternoon..! Before we get to the total AWESOME, I have to share some rather disappointing news, folks… 🙁
As you know, I was all excited to be finishing my quilt last night, & I worked on it for hours but… I’m so disappointed…After much fighting with my machine, I just could not keep it from breaking the upper thread every time. After fixing the machine for the five-BILLIONTH time & then sewing the binding down, I found that –yet again– only one side had actually been sewn (due to the upper thread breaking AGAIN)….!! I gave up in a frustrated fit of tears & drowned my sorrows in a sea of Ramen. I also managed to ram my face in to the corner of our table last night when I went to pick up Tesla at one point…now it’s bruised & I have a headache. Guh…
However, it’s going to be alright. I’ll try again tonight… (sigh) …well, I’ll try AFTER I figure out why my thread keeps breaking….probably screwed up the tension or maybe my needle hates me. (I think it’s the needle.) 🙁
With that sad news, let’s cheer ourselves up with a bit of crafting, eh?? I know, how about a lovely paper rose?! Usually, I make them out of crepe paper, but since I don’t have any handy, how about using a bit of junk mail? Fun & resourceful! Yay for up-cycling! 😀 😀 😀
- Scissors/Circle punch
- paper clip
- water in a bowl
- 1. Cut strips out of paper
- 2. Punch circles or cut circles to size you want
- 3. Place circle in to water
- 4. Only leave for a couple of seconds! Remove.
- 5. Again, only a couple of seconds, or it will get ruined.
- 6. Wrinkle/crush circles to give flexibility & petal shape.
- 7. Lay circles out to dry.
- 8. Take first circle & twist to create center of rose, holding in place with paper clip.
- 9. Manipulate petal edges to create bud.
- 10. Add another petal, folding & bending edges to create rose shape.
- 11. Continues adding petals…
- 12. Continue to shape petals…
- 13. Tape and/or staple to bottoms as necessary…
- 14. Until they are all…
- 15. Perfect.
- 16. Cut out a leaf shape, fold edges up (you can do the water thing here, too.)
- 17. With edges folded, pinch middle in to create leaf shape.
- 18. I twisted a page to create a stem & tucked the leaves in to the paper stem…
- 19. …and attached the leaves to the stem with tape.
You should now have a finished rose made from junk mail! Beautiful!
Aaahh…! 😀 I feel so much better now. What do you guys think? If you make your own paper rose, comment & let me see them! <3
— Elise M. Gross