Thursday, April 15, 2010

Paper Rose Wall Hangings Tutorial

Some sort of base*
Glue gun
Spray paint
Ribbon, tulle, ric rac, etc. (for hanging)

*About the bases: Both of the wreaths were done on 1/4" MDF wreath forms. One painted black for the Halloween wreath and the other painted white for the cottage wreath. The Circle Wall hanging was actually the piece left over from the center of the black wreath's form after we cut it out. The frame was an old cheap black frame that I base coated with white and then glued on the roses.

Step 1: Draw a spiral on your paper. Here I am using magazine pages. Newspaper and books work well too. I like the size, thickness and glossiness of magazine pages. I drew the spiral with Sharpie because I knew for this one I'd be spray painting it black. For the white roses, I use light pencil lines. (And really after cutting a bunch, you won't even need to draw the spiral--you'll be able to cut it in your sleep!) :)

Step 2: Cut out the spiral and roll it starting with the outside, going toward the inside of the circle.

Step 3: At this point your spiral will be rolled quite tightly. I like to let it unfurl a bit. This gives you more of an open rose shape.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 A LOT!

Step 5: When you have the rose unfurled to the size you'd like it, place a small amount of glue or tape at the outside edge to secure it. Then start gluing them to your form. I put a large glob of hot glue and plop the rose right in the center of it. This will hold the rose to the wreath and also hold the spiral in shape.

For this wreath I first went around with very large roses and then went back in to fill in the gap with smaller ones.

When I have all the roses glued on, I like to turn the wreath upside down just to make sure everything is very secure--you don't want any centers of the roses to come loose. If there are some that are loose, just squeeze some more glue down into the center and push the paper into it.

Step 6: Spray paint. (Sorry no pictures of that). For the black wreath I did LOTS of layers so that none of the text really showed through. For the white cottage ones, I do a light coating so some of the text comes through. I also choose my pages carefully for the white ones. I choose pages that are light with very few dark colors.

You can see below what they looked like before the spray painting. The black wreath actually looked really pretty. Without even thinking about it, I had used very dark pages. It would have looked fine without the spray paint, but I was specifically making a Halloween wreath so I did spray it.

Some other options I'd like to try:
1. Painting the pages before with acrylic paint so I don't need to spray paint with finished.
2. Leaving one "natural" (no paint) and burning the edges of the roses.

Black Wreath Before the Spray Paint

White Wreath Before the Spray Paint

Step 7: Attach your hanger. I generally use ribbon and bits of fabric, tulle, ric rac, etc.

Don't want to make your own? The wreaths have both sold as has the Circle Wall Hanging, but the  frame is available here. And keep checking back in my shop. I'll be making more.

If you do make your own, please link back to this tutorial so I can see your gorgeous handiwork!!


Pink Princess said...

CUTE, I really like the square one, the colors are more my style :)

Joanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'll be linking this in my weekly roundup on Saturday. Have a great day!

Joanne @ Ready, Set, Craft!

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Pretty cool creation! Thanks for the tut!!!


missDDT said...

Very nice! Definitely a great decor item for home :D

Sonia said...

Yum! That's some gorgeous looking wall hanging!

Brass Paperclip said...

Neat! I like the who technique and look...would love to hear how it goes if you try painting the pages first. :)

Baby.Got.Craft said...

Love this! Linked over at my Earth Day Roundup!

MemorableMentions said...

I love these! I just posted a link to your blog from my blog. =)

Anonymous said...

These are awesome...I planned on making a frame for my mom for Mother's Day(since money is pretty tight) but they keep falling out from the middle. What am I doing wrong!?! Thanks so much!!

Tif said...
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Tif said...

Make sure you're putting a large enough glue glob that the center is very secure. I went through SEVERAL hot glue sticks on each one of these projects. :)

PBL said...

Love this idea!
I featured it on my blog.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Mae said...

these are so sweet...thanks for the idea..

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Love these! Cute, cheap and easy! My favorite kind of craft. I will feature this at Grab my "featured" button.

Esce said...


Julie said...

This is an inspired idea. I love it. I think I might have to try those roses. I am hosting Flower Week on my blog. I would love for you to stop by. said...

I love the white! Is that newsprint? Just lovely. Thanks for sharing... I've posted a link.

Darlene said...

Love the flowers!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

stephaniebricole said...

beautiful !
Thanks to you, I made the same.
I posted an article on my blog this evening

thanks so much


Jud Martins said...

I like your blog, is beautiful!
Congratulacions from Brazil.

Paulette Southard said...

Great. Congratulatios!

Cindy fr. silk flowers said...

Wow, what a gorgeous project you have here. It's so cute, I'm loving it.

Sydney Florist said...

What a lovely project!! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous. You're truly creative.

Sydney Florist said...

What a lovely project!! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous. You're truly creative.

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