Sunday, June 5, 2011

First Monday Projects

The Designer Crafts Connection theme for June is Patriotic so hop around for lots of ideas and inspiration for July 4th.  This project will make a great accent piece or a table decoration, but the technique is all about creating a "Rosette".  Once you get the hang of this you can make rosettes in any color for any occasion.  Add to banners, garlands, gift bags and more!

1.  Cut two, 2" wide strips of blue paper and two, 1 1/2" strips of red & white striped paper.  These can be either 11" long, or 12" depending on what size sheet of paper you have.

2.  Score each strip at 1/2" intervals.  TIP:  I cut one, 4" wide strip, scored it then cut it into two, 2" strips.  This way I only have to score one strip, instead of two......

3.  Accordion fold each strip.

4.  Overlap the ends then glue the two blue strips together, then overlap and glue the opposite ends to create a circle. 

5.  Create a red & white circle in the same manner.

6.  Folded circles have a tendency to pop up, making it a little tricky to hold the centers together to make the rosette.  You can either enlist the help of a crafty friend to squish and hold the folds down while you glue a punched circle over the center, or drum roll please

You can hold them together by placing inside a circle cookie cutter!! I bought a set of four just for making rosettes...... EZ PZ...... 

7.  Punch a circle from cardstock then glue it over the center at the front of the red & white rosette.  Let dry.

 8.  Glue a circle to the back of the blue rosette.  When both are completely dry (depending on what type of glue you use - tacky tape works great too BTW) set the smaller rosette on top of the larger one.  With a little coaxing, the folds should nestle into the folds of the blue rosette quite nicely.

9.  I glued my rosette to the end of a dowel which I had glued inside a wooden spool base.  I decorated the spool with strips of paper, then added a star to the front and tails to the rosette.  I also covered a second red circle with glitter then glued it over the front of the rosette.  Gotta have some sparkle for the 4th!

Rosettes are fun embellishments and now you know how easy they are to make.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now.............

Yours truly,
Julie :)


  1. DebbieHM6/06/2011

    Cookie cutters? You are way too clever! Thanks for the great idea! Debbie

  2. Such a fun piece, thanks for the great inspiration!

  3. Anonymous6/06/2011

    Love it! Your tip for scoring the paper is really smart. Might have to try this for our 4th of July table. Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing You Creativity,
    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  4. Great project- love the spools. Terrific process shots as well


  5. Great decorating idea for the 4th!

  6. This is so striking! Tips so useful! Thank you Julie for sharing!

  7. What a great project! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Really cute project, Julie! I love rosettes!

  9. The cookie cutter idea is the bomb as I made alot of these rosettes. Thanks for the great tip!

  10. Kim Schultz6/08/2011

    Done with shorter strips, I'm sure that these would also make a great addition to a scrapbook page or a card, which I'm planning on doing. Thank for the inspiration, Julie!