I'm making coffee filter flowersto use for my pew decorations. I'm rolling scrapbook paper into a cone to makea "vase" for 3 flowers. I may be bunching some tulle my SIL had leftover from her wedding in the bottom of the cones to help make the flowers gowhere I want them. Then I'm going to punch a few holes through the top edge ofthe cones, and thread some purple tulle through and creating a loop at the backto use for hanging the cones from the pews.
There are a few different takeson the coffee filter rose, so I thought I'd post a picture step-by-steptutorial for how I went about doing them. My original source was a woman onMartha Stewart's show. Her tutorial and the templatesfor the petals can be found here. ysl1983 also posted some ofher tips hereon wedding bee.
3 cone shaped coffee filters perrose crested ($1.78 per 100 at Wal-Mart-buy in bulk cheaper at Costco)
stem wires -I cut 18" wiresin half (30 18" wires for $1 at Wal-Mart)
water based paint (I use acrylicpaint. A $4 bottle lasted me through 700 clay flowers and these 60 filterflowers)
soft paintbrush (I already hadthese, so I don't know the cost)
Bamboo skewer (something ofsmall diameter to roll the petal edges-I had a tool from making clay flowersthat I got for free, so again I don't know the cost)
floral tape (I got three rollsfor $2.99 at Joann Fabric)
1. I made the flowers in bulk,so I counted out three groups of ten filters so I wouldn't have to worry aboutcounting them as I traced. I say three groups, because you'll need threefilters per rose, each with different templates traced on them.
2. Trace the templates ontolight cardboard (I used a cereal box). Originally, I was using all thetemplates...
...but I then reworked it to useonly the #1, #4, and #7 templates:
3. On the first filter, you'll trace #1, lined up at the very bottom of the filter, then fit #7 at the top twice:
4. On the second filter, you'lltrace #1, lined up at the very top of the perforation line, then fit #7 at thetop twice:
5. On the Third filter, you'lltrace #4, lined up at the very bottom of the filter, then fit #7 at the toponce (it'll look like they overlap, but when you cut them out you'll cut on theinside if the pencil lines, so the overlap won't matter):
6. Cut out the petals: Cut onthe inside of the pencil line so that no pencil is on your petal pieces. Iactually was able to lay a traced filter on two blanks to cut out three filtersat a time. I'd cut the single petals out first so that the perforation holdsyour layers in place. **When you cut out the #1 you put at the top of theperforation line, and the #4, cut off the perforation at the base, so you don’thave to mess with splitting open the perforation.**
Here are all the petal typesyou'll have: (top left to bottom right) a #1 held together by perforation atthe base, a #1 cut into two double petals, a #4 that you can open up to be aquadruple petal, and 10 #7 single petals.
7. Mix your paint: I squirted some acrylic paint into the container,
poured in some water,
and mixed it together with theend of a paintbrush. **test the color depth on a extra piece of filter to getthe right shade you want (They'll dry lighter)
8. Paint all your petals: laythem out in sets of 4 to a pile...paint the top petal in the pile,
flip the pile over,
paint the bottom,
peel them apart and lay them out flat to dry..
if there's a dry spot on any of the inside petals, just squeeze the petals together to spread the paint around some more
9. lay all your petals out todry. **I personally paint enough petals to do a few flowers, lay them out todry, then while those are drying, I paint the rest of the petals I just cutout. That way I can assemble a few flowers while I wait for the rest of them todry.
10. Collect the dried petals inpiles for each flower. There should be a total of 14 pieces per flower: #1 withperforated edge, #1 split in two, #4 opened up, 10 #7's
11. Roll your petal edges: Onthe perforated #1, roll the left two petals away from you,
and the right two petals toward you
when you assemble these, all the petals will roll in the same direction
12. roll the remaining petals on each side of the petal tip in the same direction so that the come to a point
13. Pull out and stretch a bit of floral tape so it's ready to be used. I can't stretch and roll at the same time, so I stretch it before I start rolling it.
14.poke a piece of stem wire through the middle of the perforated #1
15. fold it in half
16. Roll it around the stem wire
17. tape this to your wire to form your rose center
18. start attaching the split #1 ("double petal") by rolling it around so that the tops of your petals are on a level plane at the top of your flower
as you roll these mult-petal pieces, bunch them together at the connection points so that you can place the petal where you want it.
For these pieces, you'll want each petal about across from each other when you look at the top of the flower.
19. When you have the piece how you want it, roll some tape around it.
As you're rolling, use your right hand to hold your flower's base, and roll it while you attach the tape with your left hand (or visa versa if you're a lefty)
20. Attach the second double petal in the same way
21. Start attaching thequadruple petal in the same way, bunching the piece at the connection points sothat you can put the petals where you want them. I like the have each petal'sleft edge (if you're looking down at the flower) overlapped onto the previouspetal's right edge)
22. Start attaching the single petals. If you kind of cup the petal in its middle then it'll assemble much more agreeingly
attach them in groups: first three at each corner of the flower if you look at it like a triangle
then four, basically wherever the flower looks like it needs it so that it's basically round in the end
finally the last three whereever they're needed.
23. Tape that sucker down with a few layers of the tape so it holds together.
And add it to your collection!
I hope those made sense. If you have any questions at all, please let me know. Happy Crafting!
Those are great!!! Great Job , I might have to make some just to have around the house.
Sandy, where did you get the templates at?
if you go back up to the top of my page there is a hyperlink in the word template (and again in this post). It's a .pdf file from Martha Stewart's website.
Thanks Sandy i saw the link after i sent you a message lol
you are awesome! I was about to give up on these I was so frustrated. And the thought of painting them all overwhelmed me. (watercolor is expensive) I have lots of acrylics. I am ready to try again! Your tutorial is great!
@SweetSara-great! I'm so glad I could help. That's why I made the tutorial since there are so many variations to how to do them.
hi! I was just about to message you yesterday. I was about halfway through pianting petals for 60 roses, I had just about had it and decided to just dip the petals in the paint. lol. And it actually worked perfectly! You have to make sure you mix the paint well and there aren't any 'chunks' in the water though. Anyway, it took me hours to paint the first half and only 5 minute to paint the other half of my batch. They're drying at home and I can't wait to start putting them together later.
Good tip on curling them first! I'll give that a try tonight...oh and I was trying to fit in a #7 on a #4 cone and just couldn't do it. haha.
@vsl1983, I was very very tempted to just dip them in the paint, but I didn't do it. All of what I will need are laying on my floor painted, so I'm at least done painting. I have 34 more to curl and assemble, so hopefully those'll be done before the end of the weekend. You either have to overlap the #7 and #4, or else sometimes I just scooched the #4 down a smidgen (very technical terms here 8) ), so the #7 would fit better. I had some other thoughts I was thinking of posting today while I was painting them, but of course I can't think of them now.
I know one was that the unperforated #2 I cut a little further down the v than the pattern calls for because I was having some issues with wanting to rip it while attaching them.
Oh and another was to keep an eye on paint level when you're painting a large batch. I paint all the same type of petals at once, but I do them in sets. What I mean is that I'll paint enough for say 12 flowers at a time-120 singles, 12 qudruples, 12 perforated doubles, and 24 unperforated doubles. That way I don't paint all the #7's one shade and run out of paint and not be able to make the same shade twice...if that made sense
wow thats a lot of work!
But the look great
One more tip-you can curl three or four petals at the same time
You must log in to post.