I love handrolled roses, ever since the Valentine’s Day of my engagement to my now-husband. He was living on the tiny Greek island where we later were married and lived together for a year. I came down from Athens for the Valentine’s weekend, bringing with me a bouquet of my favorite roses: ivory tinged with red. (Why should guys have all the fun of giving roses?) But a Greek island with a population of 200 souls in the depths of winter doesn’t have roses for sale, or any kind of flower for that matter. With absolutely no craft supplies or know-how, my then-fiance made me a huge bouquet of paper roses out of … paper towels. I still have this bouquet, and I expect I always will.
To continue in the tradition of handrolled roses that cost absolutely nothing, I decided to make a little centerpiece for our Valentine’s dinner. I was inspired by this beautiful kissing ball made by the very talented Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. It wasn’t just the finished product that drew me to this project – it was the fact that she used a wiffle ball for the base.
As much as I love reading about creative diy projects on blogs, most of the time I end up sighing and saying, “well, if we had Michael’s in Greece, maybe I could do that.” Or, “well, if I had extra money to buy ____, maybe I could do that.” When Kristin wrote:
I really wasn’t in the mood to leave the house for a styrofoam ball, this wiffle ball worked just fine.
it hit me: I never have the stuff you’re supposed to have. And yet, I actually have a styrofoam ball. (I definitely don’t have a wiffle ball – although ping pong balls are another story!)
So I decided to give it a try. However, the project calls for fabric. Unlike every other female blogger on the planet, I don’t have a fabric stash. Things are far too tight financially for me to go running off to the fabric store. However I never throw anything away if I think it will come in handy. We had attended a wedding in August, and I still had the little circles of tulle that wrapped the Jordan almonds handed out at the wedding. Two circles of pink tulle and two circles of white.
I followed Kristin’s tutorial on making handrolled roses, but had to make a few changes because of my materials.
First, I cut around and around the circle from the outside in, ending up with a very long strip.
I rolled the strip until the flower was big enough,
then secured it with a pin and kept going until I ran out of fabric.
Kristin uses a glue gun, but the tulle was so fragile that I decided to sew it instead. I sewed across the bottom of each flower, one third of the way up, and wrapped the stitches around the side to flare the top (blossom end).
Then I put a pin through the center of each blossom,
and pulled it as far down as I could inside the blossom,
and stuck it into the styrofoam ball.
At this point it became obvious that I didn’t have anywhere near enough tulle to make a kissing ball like Kristin’s. Instead, I decided to turn it into a bouquet of roses. I used the white tulle to wrap the bouquet, pinning the white fabric to the bottom of the styrofoam ball.
I liked Kristin’s idea of setting it on a candlestick. I tied a pink bow on a candlestick and set the bouquet on top. I may not ultimately keep it in the candlestick as I work out the rest of the centerpiece.
A nice thing about this project is that in addition to being free, I can easily take it apart and reuse the white tulle, the pins, and the styrofoam ball in other projects. The pink tulle flowers, even without the ball and pins, will not lose their shape, since they’ve been stitched, and the whole thing can be easily reassembled next year if I want to. I think free and reuseable in other projects is even more frugal than free!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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