Friday, November 13

easy crepe paper rosette tutorial...


today i figured out a really easy way to make crepe paper rosettes to decorate little holiday packages. forget about gathering the edge of your crepe paper with a needle and thread! i was decorating the front of some tiny boxes and wanted a crepe paper rosette about one inch wide. here is what i did:

step 1.
cut a piece of ruffled crepe paper garland 2 1/2 inches long. (instructions for a flat piece of ungathered crepe paper is at the end of the post) and piece of thin craft wire 4 inches long.


step 2.
gather up the center of the crepe paper ruffle along the stitching and fold the wire over the middle of your bow tie. twist the wire a couple times in the back until it is snug and trim the wire ends. fold the sharp ends over flat.


step 3.
spread out the ruffles evenly around to unfold the rosette into a full circle. it worked out that the one inch wide piece of crepe paper made a one inch rosette...
simple huh.
i left the sides a bit open at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock for you to see how it unfolded and if you look closely you can see the wire band around the center.


step 4.
to finish decorating the rosette i used aleenes tacky glue to attach two velvet leaves on the front of my little paper box, then added three tiny stamen buds on each side and glued the crepe paper rosette in the middle. i added a nice round glue blob to the center of the rosette and sprinkled coarse silver glass glitter over the glue and shook of the extra. let the glitter dry with the rosette right side up.


such a sweet little box to package my holiday selection of vintage glass garland beads. brand new in the shop today. happy weekend, julie


here are the instructions for starting with a flat piece of crepe paper.

to get a piece of crepe paper one inch wide i either trim off a one inch strip from the flat fold crepe paper all in one go without unfolding it. you can use a rotary cutter and a ruler for this or just eyeball it and use some sharp shears.
or if you are using the 2 inch wide streamer rolls, unroll a length and cut the strip in half. for a one inch rosette like the one i made above here is the first step.

step 1.
cut a piece of crepe paper one inch by 10 inches. lay it on your work surface straight out from you. gather the center with your fingers pinching the crepe paper as you move up the strip. when you have your bow tie shape continue with step 2 of the instructions above. have fun. j.

17 comments:

sha93sha said...

Thanks so much for these instructions. What a cute way to dress up a package.

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

This is sooooo cute for sure I will be making some!!!
Diane

SoMo BoHo said...

Love it. I will be putting some of these on a top hat. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Julie, thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! So sweet of you. . .miss you! xoxo, Char

Deb said...

Hi Julie! I am in love with your star ornament from Dec 2007. Any chance there was a tutorial somewhere along the way? I discovered your book at Joann's, and it's on my Christmas wish list, but in the meantime, I was thrilled to see that my library has it, and it should be in my hands today!!! = } Deb

thepaperroSe said...

can i just say....i LOVED LOVED LOVED this post! i have made so many attempts at making rosettes out of crepe.....i think i was trying to over-complicate the entire process....this was soooo much easier..and looked so much better. THANK YOU for sharing!

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Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

CB said...

Very cute! Thank you for sharing :)

Geek+Nerd said...

That is so beautiful!

paperbird said...

so pretty, i love these sweet simple touches.

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Alex said...

Thanks for this :) I'm definitely going to make some to stick on gift tags or to jazz up a card
xo

Melissa said...

Hey Julie, thanks for the tute on the paper ornament. Love your blog!
Smiles-
Melissa

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