...seen through a slightly smudged, secondhand pair of rose-tinted glasses

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Easy egg box roses for Valentine's Day

This is a little Valentine's gift that won't fade away - really simple to make too, and no glittery nonsense either…unless you want glittery nonsense that is…

We made it for my Dad. Roses have always been his favourite.


All you'll need for half a dozen roses is an egg box, some pipe cleaners, red tissue paper, a yogurt pot and an old lump of plasticine (or something similar)

First, cut the six cups out of the egg box - they don't have to be even, a wavy edge is best - more petal like.


Paint them...and possibly your hands, red.


Once they're dry, cut a pipe cleaner into 3 (green is great, but any colour will do) - then make a hole, push the pipe cleaner through and fold the top bit over.
(Keep as flat as you can as this makes it easier to glue in the flower middle)


I used coloured tissue paper (from The Works - worth a look if you haven't already. Lots of well priced crafty stuff). Cut a sheet into three (about 20cm by 12cm) and then start folding, so you end up with a strip roughly 2 to 3cm wide.


Once you've done that, roll it up tight.


Let the tissue paper centre naturally unfurl so it fits neatly in an egg cup, and glue in place.




Fold some green tissue paper a few times, draw a leaf shape on top, cut out and glue to the stems.


Stick some paper or a ribbon onto your pot (or both!) to cover the writing.

If you're using paper, cut a strip to go round the pot, then snip it into smaller bits - much easier to glue to the pot like this.

Best to leave the plasticine somewhere warmish so it's not hard as rock when you try to push the stems in.


The added bonus is this gives the pot some weight, so you should end up with quite a sturdy little posy…

egg box roses

12 comments:

  1. They're really great! You must get through a lot of eggs ;). Have a good week. Abby x

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    1. you know, we do eat loads of eggs! But have been hoarding boxes (+other rubbish) since starting the zoo. Can't get rid of them now…always something you can make out of an egg box. Well that's what I tell my husband when he finds bags of them in various cupboards :)
      Thanks Abby x

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  2. What a fab make, great for the littlies to do at any time of year. Far superior to glittery nonsense in my opinion.

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    1. Ta lovely! Good to have a break from it really, mind you the card the youngest's made for her dad is caked in glitter :)

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  3. That is genius... someone get you on Blue Peter. You are so clever in your creativity. X

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    1. you are very lovely! Sadly I'm far too ancient for Blue Peter…maybe Mrs Maker? :) x

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  4. I fear they would never look this good in a million years if I attempted them but I enjoy seeing your pics!

    BTW I've nominated your blog in the craft category for this year's Mad Blog Awards :) xx

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    1. oh wow! That's really lovely of you! Thank you :) And honestly the roses aren't tricky (promise!) It's the rolled up tissue paper centres that make all the difference xx

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  5. How sweet are they? And they last much longer too! :) xx

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    1. ..sitting on the window sill at the mo, and I've an idea for a Easter one I'm going to try too. Thanks Emma xx

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