2. Coffee Filter Roses
Roses are expensive, but add such beauty to wedding celebrations. Try your hand at creating these simple roses made from coffee filters. You can dye them to match any décor and create bouquets, boutonnieres, hang from the backdrops or ceiling, wreaths, and more.
To create a rose like this one, (insert picture here) follow these instructions:
For each rose, gather three four-cup and three eight- to twelve cup unused basket-style coffee filters. Dye them using a few drops of food coloring in a bowl of water. Dip and then dry.
Stack the three large filters together. Flatten them out, then fold in half and in half again to form a triangular wedge. Using scissors, cut along the open end of the triangle to create a scalloped line. Do the same with the three small filters.
Open the cut filters and place the small stack on top of the large stack. With your fingers, pinch the underside of the stack in the center, where the folds meet, which will cause the filters to crinkle together. Using a stapler, staple just above where your fingers have pulled the filters together.
Turn the flower over and open up the filters. Beginning with the outermost filter, gather the filter at the base and pinch around the base to pull the circle tighter, forming ruffles and petal-like fullness. Repeat with each of the six filters, gathering them at the base and pinching along the bottom to create a stem-like bump on the bottom.
Wind masking tape around the base to hold the shape. Fluff out the flower.