These crepe-paper roses would make for some beautiful decor at a wedding or shower!
Tools and Materials Large flower template Double-sided crepe paper Smooth-sided pencil Paper-covered floral wire Floral tape White craft glue
Large Flower How-To 1. Enlarge and print template. Use the template to trace and cut five teardrop-shaped petals and 15 heart-shaped petals from double-sided crepe paper.
2. To shape petals, cup in center; wrap left and right top edges around a pencil to curl.
3. Make a stem by wrapping three paper-covered wires together with floral tape.
4. Start building flowers by first placing teardrop petals around the stem and securing with floral tape. Place heart petals around the "bud" you have created and secure with more floral tape.
5. Trace and cut the calyx shape from green crepe paper. Wrap calyx around bottom of rose and glue in place.
6. Trace and cut out three leaf shapes from green crepe paper. Draw a bead of glue down the center of each leaf, place a paper-covered wire down, and pinch the crepe paper together over the paper-covered wire "vein" to hide it.
7. Attach the leaves to the stem by wrapping in floral tape.
8. Wrap stem with strips of green crepe paper to cover floral tape; glue in place.
Resources Double-sided crepe paper is available at castleintheair.biz and at select Michaels stores. For store locations, please visit michaels.com. Glue and floral tape are from Martha Stewart Crafts. All other tools and materials are available at crafts stores and art-supply stores.
An alternative to favors: the candy buffet. Have containers available for your guests to fill upon departure. Choose candies that complement your theme & your sweet tooth! The candy buffet is taking the place of the "traditional wedding favors". Everybody LOVES candy. Instead of worrying over what type of favors to purchase and if your guests will want to take the favors home, a candy buffet is there in place of a wedding favor.
Q: How much candy should I purchase? A: I wish there was a hard fast rule to this question. Some say 1/4 LB per guest, others say 1/2 LB per guest. But it's all about the way your candy looks. Plan by how you want the display to look, not how many guests are coming. Having enough candy is crucial in making your buffet look good.
*Here is a tip: "Take your candy buffet bags/containers that the guests will be taking home with them to your local grocery store and fill them the types of candy you will have for your event. Then weigh them. Multiply by how many guests, then you will get an idea of the pounds."
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