When deciding on the different foods, decorations, dress and other things for a wedding we all do the same thing. We look at something we’d like to have, check the price tag, then decide on something a little less expensive. Every wedding has a budget and this little practice helps us keep within that budget. If you’re looking at some wedding things, and deciding on cheaper ones, consider making paper rosettes. The beautiful paper flowers are inexpensive and easy to make and you can use them in many different ways at your wedding.
Scrapbook paper is perfect for creating rosettes because you’ll usually find a large selection at a craft store and it’s really cheap. Use paper that has a wedding theme, a floral theme, or a different design. You can even use something as simple as printer paper to make rosettes. If you’re using really thin paper, though, it might be necessary to double the paper to make a rosette.
Cut a strip of paper to be an inch wide by twelve inches long (2″x12″ for thin paper). Use regular scissors to create one look; novelty or pinking scissors to create other edges. Fold the paper back and forth to create an accordion design. Take both ends of the paper and bring them together to create a circle. If you started with folded paper be sure to turn the doubled edge towards the middle of the circle. Tape or glue the ends together. If you glue them a paper clip can help hold them in place while the glue dries. If you tape, roll the tape into a tiny tube and use that; this way the tape won’t show on the finished flower.
Use a medicine bottle lid or other object to create a one-inch circle of the same paper you used for the flower or a different paper. Glue one circle to each side of each rosette. Position them right in the middle of the flower.
Glue a bow, jewel, decorative button, pom-pom, sequin or other object in the middle of the circle. Do this to only one side of each flower. These rosettes can now be used in many ways.
Glue a pin backing hardware piece on the backside of each rosette to make a brooch. Or, use double-sided tape to attach the pretty flowers to a headband. If you used plain paper to make the rosettes apply glue and sprinkle with glitter or tiny beads. Use the flowers to decorate curtain tie-backs, pew ends, baskets, picture frames, mirrors and other things. Place a dab of glue on a wooden skewer and slide it up through one of the folds of the accordion. These flowers can be placed in a vase with curled ribbon or other accents.
Cut the paper strips wider to make much larger flowers. If you want, glue a circle of tulle or lace on the accordion circle before attaching the center paper circle to create a different look. The tulle should be a little larger in diameter than the paper circle but smaller in diameter than the accordion circle.
The paper rosettes look fabulous at a wedding but can be created for other occasions as well as everyday décor. They’re easy enough for a child to make yet elegant enough to use on the most important day of your life!