Winter is still holding on in the Hudson Valley, but Spring is just around the corner! The flowers in your garden may not be coming up yet, but here are some paper roses to brighten your day. This is based on a template for roses made of coffee filters on Martha Stewart’s website.
Materials:1. Coffee filters or paper. Any thin paper should work to create the rose, but different papers will absorb paint different ways.
2. Floral Tape
3. Floral Wire
Martha Stewart’s template and instructions are here: Paper Roses
I also made a template that will fit a slightly smaller rose onto a folded 8.5” x 11” piece of paper: Download
The coffee filters are thin and easy to shape, but the main benefit is the way they absorb color. Using a water based paint like watercolors or acrylics, you can get beautiful, realistic effects.
To make a coffee filter rose, cut out all the shapes as specified in the template. I didn’t have flat cone filters, so I used the wavy ones I had. You just want to have the right edge of the smaller petals against a fold, so they are connected when you cut through the two layers. The larger petals are not connected.
It doesn’t look like much yet, but now comes the fun part. You can paint your rose in realistic or fantasy colors. Start painting with a light base color, using a wet brush and watered down color. The coffee filters will absorb and spread the color. Blend some darker colors on top, and add some dark highlights to the edges of the petals with a drier brush and thicker paint. I used a sky blue base, a slightly darker blue, and purple.
Let this dry for about a day by hanging it upside down. When it is dry, take a toothpick or barbecue skewer and curl the tips of all the petals, holding it at an angle to curl the left and right side. This really helps to make it look realistic. Separate the petals a little bit as needed. I added the leaves by simply wrapping some floral tape around the tip of the leaf to attach it to the stem.
The blue flower is made with coffee filters, and the black one is made with a text weight solid black paper. I tried making a black coffee filter rose, but it is best suited for lighter colors (watered down black = grey!). The paper rose is made the same way, using the second template that I created. Use this template by folding a piece of 8.5” x 11” piece of paper the long way, so you have a piece measuring 4.25” x 11”. Line up the edge of all the small petals against the fold, and cut out the pieces.
You can experiment with painting coffee filters, or with all sorts of patterned and colored paper. Paper
flowers make beautiful decorations, wedding bouquets, and gifts!