This year in preparation for Christmas and participation in a huge blog link party with my amazing blogger friends, and Country Living Magazine (more on that in an upcoming post), I decided to redo some of my decorations using (mostly) things I already have in my craft supplies. I added burlap roses to the mix this year and thought I would share how to make burlap roses with you.
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How to Make Burlap Roses
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
(to be honest I used what I had on hand so I can’t give you actual yardage, but a yard will give you a lot)
Laminated Burlap Sheets
Cardboard or Poster Board
Print & Cut Out Your 6 Petal Flower Graphic
First, print and cut out your flower image. The image below shows two size flowers. The larger makes a rose approximately 3 1/2 ” and the smaller, about 2 1/2 inches. Pay no attention to the circles, they aren’t used!
Prepare the Burlap
For regular burlap (unlaminated) you will need to do a little preparation. Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple. Cut your burlap into a size that is easy to manage–I cut mine about the size of the a sheet of paper. Pour some Modge Podge into a cup and add a tablespoon of water to thin it a little. Apply a thin coat Modge Podge to the burlap–this will stiffen it, but still leave it soft enough to work with. Set aside to dry.
Make Cardboard Pattern
While your burlap is drying you can trace your paper flowers (the ones you cut before) onto the cardboard to make a pattern.
Trace Pattern onto Burlap
Once the burlap has dried ( or using the laminated burlap), trace your flower pattern onto the burlap using the Sharpie and cardboard pattern. Choose the size you want to make, and trace 3 of the same size flowers for each single completed flower. I traced multiples of three, cut them all out and put them in a pile.
Assemble the Flower
Take three flowers from your pile. Set two aside. Plug in your glue gun.
Take one of the flowers and cut as shown below. One cut between the petals to the center and then cut the top of the petal to the left of the cut off and discard it.
Pull the Right Petal over to the Left petal allowing the little triangle piece to fall to the back.
Apply glue to the triangle on the back and glue down.
You now have the largest of your 3 layers to make your rose- the 5-petal flower! On to the next layer!
This time you are going to cut your flower in a different manner-as shown below. You will have an ice cream cone shape and the top of a petal. Put the ice cream cone shape aside, you will use this for your center and discard the top of the petal as you did in the last flower.
As before, pull the petal on the right over to meet (or overlap slightly) the petal on the left and glue the triangle on the back. You will now have a 4-petal flower.
On to Petal #3. Cut as shown below. Discard the tip of the petal on the left and keep the heart shaped piece. This will be used with the ice cream cone shaped piece to make the center of your flower. As in the previous two flowers, pull the right petal over to the left with the triangle piece to the back and glue in place.
You now have completed a 5-petal flower, a 4-petal flower- and a 3 petal flower. Next is the center.Now for the center of the flower. Take your Heart shaped piece and your ice cream cone piece and cut the tops to resemble petals.
This next step couldn’t be photographed accurately with one hand, so I will explain in as much detail as possible. Take the heart shaped piece and starting at the left edge “roll” it (not too tight) so that it resembles the center of a flower and glue.
Then take the ice cream cone shape and use your judgement as to placement to make it look like the center of a flower like so:
Assemble the Flower
At this point you now have three layers and a center which you will use to create ONE flower. (5-petal, 4-petal, 3-petal and a center). You’re basically going to make a stack of petals, gluing each layer as you to.
I usually snip about 1/8 inch off the bottom of the flower center. It just seemed too extend out of the center of the flower too much (to me). It’s really personal preference. Grab your 3-petal flower and put a few drops of hot glue in the bottom of the inside. Then stick your flower center into the glue.
Next, grab your 4-petal flower and repeat the process. Make sure to turn the layers so that the petals are staggered and not lining up on top of each other.
The final piece is the 5-petal flower. Repeat the same as you did in the prior layers and you now have a rose. It should look something like this. You can roll the petals around a pencil or dowel to give them the curved edge is you like.
One of the ways I used my flowers was to take different sizes in natural and red and glue them to a natural green spray.
You can used these flowers to make wreaths, as embellishments on projects and so many other ways. I even used them in my Christmas Tree !
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The post “How to Make Burlap Roses” was first seen on The Nested Design Company (formerly The Decorated Nest) and was written by Karen Ploransky.
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