Faça um arranjo lindo pra uma Festinha na sua casa...tá a fim?

Eu ando catando boas idéias pra serem usadas no meu casamento. Como será uma cerimônia para poucos, vou fazer todos os arranjos de mesa. E vou contar: tou bem tentada a fazer esse aqui, que posto agora pra vocês. Ele vem lá do novíssimo (pra mim) THE HOUSE OF SMITHS e é lindo de morrer...e o melhor: além de barato, é fácil!

Hanging Roses Flower Ball Tutorial

{Hanging Roses Tutorial}

I was browsing blogs a couple weeks back and found a post about these great hand made crepe paper roses on this cute scrapbooking blog! Homespun with Heart  The second I saw them I KNEW what I was gonna do!
I have had these Styrofoam ball forms for a while now, and thought I would do cute flowers all over them, and hang them in the twins' room. But sadly, the flower idea was pretty expensive.
Especially because I wanted to do three of them.
SO I thought this was a great, thrifty alternative!
And I LOVE how they turned out!

Here's what you'll need:

Styrofoam ball forms
Crepe paper streamers in whatever colors you choose
LOTS of hot glue sticks and a glue gun
a roll of tape
and a measuring stick

I measured my crepe paper strips at 24 inches, and ripped a BUNCH at that length, so I wouldn't have to keep stopping, to rip more

Once that was done... and my glue gun was nice and hot, I started in on my flower makin'!
First I crumpled the strips up, to make them softer and more fabric looking...
Then I straighted them out....

And began to roll. Start small... and then get a little looser. Like a real rose.
About 4 or 5 turns in, I would put a dot of glue on the end, by my thumb, to keep this part from unraveling. I did this periodically through each flower at a couple turns, to make sure that the flower didn't just fall apart, once I was done.

If you can see here. I would wind the paper around the middle base roll, and twist at the same time. So it looked MORE like a rose and LESS like a cinnamon roll.
This is SO easy! But a little time consuming. Be patient with the first few flowers. It takes a couple to get it down. But once you do... you'll fly through them!

Here's the end of the flower. I would just gather the end piece of crepe paper and then add a dab of glue to the outside of the flower, itself, and stick it on the edge.

Set it down... and let the glue do it's magic!
So fun, right!?

Seriously, you CAN'T mess these up! I had some flowers that I was like "Ew.. that looks awful" and some that I LOVED and thought looked like the REAL thing! And now that the whole thing is together... you can't tell one from the other!
After I had a few flowers done, I would start putting them on the ball.

I noticed that there were some with longer stems than others. Which made them a little more difficult to sit flat and nice on the ball form. So to avoid this I just ripped off the bottom!

A little puddle of hot glue on the ball, lightly press the flower on... and you're good to go!
I used a roll of tape to help keep my ball from rolling around on the table. It was a LIFE SAVER!
Make sure not to put the flowers TOO close together. Or they'll start to look crowded.

This is how it will look about a quarter of the way finished!
So fun! CHEAP and Easy!

After they were all done, I had Cason help me hang them up.
I used some sheer, wired polkadot white ribbon, from Michaels craft store, and just some sewing push pins to adhere the ribbon to the ball.
Cason took two small nails, with heads and nailed them in the ceiling.
Wa-la! One corner of the room down!

* You're fingers WILL get burned. Work carefully. lol

* The styrofoam balls are strangely expensive? What's up with that? I waited for coupons each week to buy all three. I also used a coupon to buy the ribbon.

* I found the pink and white crepe paper at Walmart for cheap!
The more "baby" blue color was harder to come by. I found it at Zurchers or Party city. They have LOTS of colors.

* Keep in mind the amount of crepe paper on the rolls you buy. There is NOTHING more annoying than running out of supplies in the middle of a project... I KNOW. It happened with the white AND the blue! Crepe paper is cheap! buy more than you'll THINK you need.

* I used two whole rolls of pink

* One and a half rolls of white

* And 2 rolls of blue (only because it came with less in each package at Zurchers)
Also, check out this fun spring wreath, that I made, using this same technique!
Danielle from Homespun with Heart, thanks for the great idea!

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