Feb 10, 2010

Mini roses from dollar store crepe paper streamers



Gonna show you how to make these, because there's still enough time before Valentine's day, and also Heather from Dollar Store Crafts is having a link party and all you need to make these is crepe paper streamers that the Dollar Store sells in packs of two. No glue, no tape, none of that nonsense, just crepe paper and opposable thumbs.





When I was about ten years old, we had our village's first summer festival, where one girl from the local primary school got to be the carnival queen. I didn't go up to audition for the role, because I'm kind of phobic of that sort of thing, in fact there were only a handful of girls in our school that were the right age to apply. My classmate Nyree won the job and her family set about preparing costumes and decorations for the event. She was going to be driven down the highstreet on the bonnet of a car in a hunormous dress. We decorated the car ALL OVER with roses that all the girls spent hours twisting out of lengths of white and pink bog roll! Fantastic! I wish I had a photo to show you!

I thought it would be cool to try and make those roses again, but this time with dollar store crepe paper, so that I could also do stems and leaves and hopefully manage the whole thing without any need for glue or fiddling about cutting shapes like most paper flowers require.


At the Dollar Tree by us, you can get two rolls of crepe paper streamers in a bag for, you guessed it, a dollar. I picked up red, white, pink, yellow and green. Those seemed like rose kinda colours.




Here are some pics of the roses that I made.









I thought about doing a photo tutorial for this, but it wouldn't be as straightforward as if I just shot a video of me making one for you. Unfortunately as video tutorials go, this one is a little chaotic. It's full of five year old, and narrated by croaky the frogwoman (I lost my voice over the weekend) Anywhoo, once you get past being bossed around by my older daughter (who clearly is better suited to giving tutorials than I am) and can deal with the fact that my three year old announces an ant infiltration of our kitchen in the middle of it, hopefully you'll be able to see how I make these roses. They are easy and quick and really cute. Here tis...

video

Just for Heather, here's a pic of some in a Dollar Store salt shaker ;) They really are quite teeny. I wonder if you can get wider crepe paper streamers from anywhere to make full size roses.



Also, they are a really good way of recycling torn up wrapping paper. A ripped strip of wrapping paper can be twisted into a rose really quickly and used to decorate another gift.



So go have a peek at the other links in Heather's DSC link party, because Heather is lovely, and DSC is a happy place of makey fun! Hope you enjoy making some crepe paper roses. My kids like to hoard them in their play kitchen :)

64 comments:

Jennifer said...

These are lovely! My girls will be thrilled to make these. I think I even have some crepe paper on hand.

dana said...

your kids are adorable, i've very much enjoyed your tutorial! useful info and lovely chatter.

Rusulica said...

your elder daughter is so so funny :) tnx fot the tutorial!

LiEr said...

Mum used to make these when we were little - except we never even thought of those rolled streamers. When she was here two summers ago, she wanted to make some for the kids and we had to buy (gasp) Martha Stewart designer crepe paper because that's all they had in the craft stores. Now I know better. Must go show her this post - brilliant! And I love how lovely the roses turned out! Thank you for sharing and getting me all nostalgic!

Sam said...

So adorable, the kids and the roses. I love your site! So many good ideas. Keep up the great messy art, I need as many ideas as I can!

Renanda said...

The video is cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Amy said...

Wow, these are super cute! I actually ran and got the crepe paper from my closet so I could follow along in the video.
The instructions were great, unfortunately my folding technique obviously needs some word. Yikes...my daughter sat by my side watching me attempt them and just kept saying "Mommy, your flower doesn't look right."
Oh well...practice makes perfect, right? Thanks for the great tutorial. I simply love all of your ideas!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Those look so great! I can't believe you do them without any tape or glue... it's almost too good to be true! Thanks for linking up to dollar store crafts, too!

Loved the video - my sons liked it too! :)

I'm going to link to this for tomorrow's DSC post.

MaryAnne said...

I love your video tutorial, your 5yo daughter sounds a lot like my 5yo niece, who also sadly lives far away in California.

Your roses are delightful, I need to pick up some green crepe paper to make some for Emma's fourth birthday party next weekend. Thanks for the tutorial, I'd never seen anything like that before.

ED said...

I love the roses and video with your cuties!! I've found this blog recently and I would like to use some of your idea with my kids. They are 3and half, 2years old. If I update my blog, I will trackback to you even though it's written in Japanese! I like how you use some stuff from Daiso for craft. I miss Daiso so much, there is no Daiso in Australia. Thank you for your excellent ideas!!! Regards

Katie said...

Your video is adorable!

Pam G said...

Oh my GOODNESS! I watched the video at work with no sound and I just about fell off my chair - your daughters little hand was hysterical!!! Thanks so much for this great idea! Pam

Jennifer said...

These are so fun! I just tried making one with toilet paper. The rose looks but the stem needs a little work. I wonder if tp still comes in pastel colors??

tasha said...

Something's wrong with the video!! :( I really wanna do these, but every time I try clicking the vid, it says it's not currently available. I am so bummed! :(

Kitten Muffin said...

That's weird Tasha. I had the same thing happen the first time I tried to view the video after I'd published it, but then it worked fine after that. I have no clue why that would be though :(

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and am so thankful! You have reminded me of the kind of mother I always wanted to be before I had kids and got soooo busy. I love all of your ideas! Thanks, me and my kids now have a huge list of projects we can't wait to start~

Sara said...

Those are so cute! And I love your little helper in the video too! So cute!

Amy said...

I can't get the vid to play either--maybe a problem with your host?

Amy said...

Never mind--third time was a charm!! It played fine.

Anonymous said...

Thanks ! I had not thought about using the crepe paper streamers to make flowers. I had tried to find the sheets of crepe paper and it seems impossible to find in local stores. Crepe paper online is expensiveand then there is postage. Now I can afford to make these...I love my Dollar stores.

Wretha said...

What a great project! I especially love the idea of using wrapping paper to make roses, I always wonder if I can reuse wrapping paper and the bits left over from wrapping something, now I know what to do... your daughter is cute, she adds a lot of fun and whimsy to your video. :)

Wretha

Darryl Papa-sensei said...

What a cute idea! I made some of them for my wife, and she loved them. However, I couldn't get them to spread out properly so they all looked like tightly-wound, unopened tulips more than roses. I guess I couldn't see how the folding-back would get the points to stick out properly. Or it's just my great fat fingers having difficulty.

Anyway, wifey loved them and wants to display them at work.

Thanks!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are so cute and I *love* the video! Hearing other bloggers is the best! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

kathi said...

These are just so cute! I wonder if they could be made even smaller? Like for my doll's house? :)
Would you mind if I shared the link to your post on my blog? I'm sure there are lots of people who would enjoy making these! :)
Thanks,
Kathi
http://beautifulminiblessings.blogspot.com/

deana said...

Too CUTE! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Clair said...

*Whisper* Can I be in the video?
*Whisper* You are in the video.

Amazing. So entertaining and educational at the same time. I think you should be syndicated!

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janimal said...

I had to read every single post in your blog. LOVE it! My little one is just 16 months and not quite ready for most of these projects. You will be the inspiration for many afternoons at our house for sure as she gets older. For now, I am going to make some of these roses - totally adorable. I am a new blogger and will be blogging about you today.
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Nubia said...

Aw, I want to try them but the video won't work. I've reloaded and even tried a different browser :(

jaya pratheesh said...

very pretty photos... i am browsing in the middle of the night so watched the video with the audio off, and i love how the little hands come in so many times to clarify this point or that. Adorable.
pretty much explains life with little ones. thanks for sharing.
i blogged abt this , so it wont get lost in my overflowing bookmarks ocean..

jaya pratheesh said...

p.s. to get wider crepe paper ribbon, get a small roll of full size crepepaper and cut the roll at whatever width you want.. instant roll of customwidth crepe ribbon.

Kami said...

Your daughter is hilarious! Loved the video. Thank you!

Sandra said...

This is such an cute idea! I'll be sure to try it soon!
Your daughter is so adorable, by the way!

Dyrt said...

This is very helpful. Thanks for the tutorial.

topknot_dragonbane said...

Awww these are so cute! I want to see if I can make earnings out of these... hmmm...

Anonymous said...

hello! i love these so much!!! but when you're making one WITHOUT a stem (i.e. the ones made out of wrapping paper scraps) what do you do with the end of the strip of paper?
ALSO
how would you make one of these out of a straw paper cover?
THANKS!
you're a lucky mom :]

qi* said...

i think your kids are absolutely cute and love-able. :)

theCraftMobb said...

I so enjoyed watching your tutorial with your little one chiming in. Thanks for the smile:)

Anonymous said...

These were awesome and so fun to make! I plan on making them many many times in the future.

I also decided to see how it would turn out if I had a longer piece of that same size crepe streamer and made a larger rose.. it turned out very pretty.

Thank you for posting!

Nathalie said...

I'm clearly late catching this tutorial, but I love how easy it is! I hope you don't mind, I posted a link to it on my wedding blog. I think it would make a very pretty boutonnière. :-)

Gloria Westerman said...

Can from "Paint Me Plaid Daily Digest"....and I'm so glad I did....great video and great tutorial.....I will have to makes these roses with my grandchildren....have fun....thank you so much......love it.....

jose said...

exellent but where is the video =S i really want to do it :)

jennifer said...

I did it! I had to watch your video twice but I managed to make a rose!

I found your site by searching for "easy crepe paper roses" and YAY it was pretty easy. I thorougly enjoyed listening to your precious children helping in the background.

Have a wonderful day!

Merry Makes.. said...

Thank you for the great video-tutorial. Your little helper is priceless :)
I just posted my version of your beautifully simple roses, with a link to your site.

Milena said...

Hi,kisses from uruguay.
That's an amazing tutorial.
I can make roses now :)
I will make it for my boyfriend's birthday
Thanks you so much

Anonymous said...

This was great. And your ''assistant'' is adorable. :-)

Court, Dave, and Sully said...

LOVE your video---very fun and easy! I will try this in my classroom. Sweet children voices :-)

June said...

I love this rose tutorial. I linked to the post on my new blog www.makinmesses.com I hope that's ok.

Niccolò said...

Thanks, I was looking for something to impress my girlfriend, you just saved my Valnetine's Day!

The Pixies Pocket said...

I am a year out but I was looking for something to entertain my 10year old and 6 year old nieces.
My 4yr old daughter might not manage so well and my 2 yr old son will enjoy causing havoc!
I love your blog!
And I loved the video!!

Светлана said...

Wo-oW!thank you for this blog,it's wonderful.You helped me,make this work,because i didn't know.

Veronica said...

Thank you so much! Your post was wonderful and your your little girls are absolutely adorable!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just brilliant! I loved the video. Is there sound to go with it? It looks very easy to make. I'll have to try these one day. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I loved your crepe flower making. It`s so simple but with beautiful results.

Deborah Campbell said...

Lovely video. The presence of the children made the video something very special. I'm sure they seem all grown up comparatively.

Anonymous said...

Love the roses so much!
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Laura Yinfoo said...

Hi love the roses but I'm having some trouble making them! Anyone else have issues? They are rounded instead of 'folded' not sure what I'm doing wrong!

Tina said...

I'm also having horrible trouble trying to make these. I've tried following others videos, too, but I don't see what you all are doing...mine fail miserably! :(

Teacher, Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister said...

Just dandy and too cute!

Kathi said...

I googled crepe paper roses and decided to check your site out first. Great instructions! Your kids are just two cute! Thank you ♥

153905bc-6ff6-11e2-92ee-000f20980440 said...

This was an awesome video, and I LOVE your helper! I was looking for an inexpensive way for some baby shower centerpieces and I found this. I was able to follow along and my first rose (boy blue) looks pretty col. Thank you!

153905bc-6ff6-11e2-92ee-000f20980440 said...

I was looking for an inexpensive way to make some baby shower centerpieces and I found this. I love the fact that there is no glue or tape and your helper iss fabulous! I was able to follow along and my first (boy blue) rose came out pretty cool. Thank you!

LuvsKids11 said...

Thanks for sharing. I loved your video and the interaction of having your children help throughout the entire process. Making these to put on paper lanterns for a wedding and your video is very well done. You are an amazing mother.

Shelley said...

I feel a kindred spirit with you! You daughter/helper was adorable and I felt right at home at mention of the ants. You are so kind and patient with your children; that is the part I have difficulty with myself. Great roses.