Published on May 11th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain4
Beautiful Brown Bag Roses
When I decided that I was going to create this blog, and include all sorts of crafts, I also decided that I would make an effort to ‘bring back’ some crafts that are perfectly beautiful, but have fallen to the wayside. Burnt Brown Bag, Burnt Bag, Brown Bag Roses, etc.. whatever you’d like to call them were popular at one time. But finding pretty crafts being made today isn’t all that easy. You can find brown bag roses, as the people who use clothing pattern paper create roses, or burlap roses, or cheesecloth roses. All beautiful ideas, but not really the same. Mostly you find those as a wrapped and twisted style of rose. Kinda flat. Great for scrapbooking, not great for dimensional stuff though.
I will warn you, this is a long, photo heavy double tutorial. But its just in time for Mother’s Day, so I wanted to shout out to all you Mothers out there. Way to GO! Great Job! You are AMAZING!
All too often I see friends who compare themselves to others. Are your kids alive at the end of the day? That’s what counts. Did you make them feel loved at some point? Even if it was tough love that they won’t understand until they are older? Hug them? Kiss Em? Give them guidance? Just spoke with them? That’s being a good mother. Everything else doesn’t matter. This isn’t a contest, you are who you are, and I am pretty sure you are doing it to the best of your ability. So congratulate yourself and let the rest of it go. Here’s a hug from me to you ((((((squeeze)))))).
I gotta say, I remember watching Aleene’s Creative Living and Heidi Borchers would create these burnt edge flowers out of paper bags. LOVED them. But I don’t see them nowadays. Let’s bring them back!
At the end of this post, you’ll know how to create Burnt Brown Bag Roses and how to recreate this pretty box as well. Horray for MOMS!
So, first things first. You’re going to need brown paper, you can buy it on the roll, or just get some paper bags at the grocery store. The rolls are usually found in a store in with paints. I got a roll at Walmart.
cut into workable squares.
then cut into circles. or circle- like shapes. or ovals. I cut them in groups, cutting several layers, just to be faster. Cause that’s how I roll.
Light a small tealight candle. or a big one. or a yankee. no. you don’t want the nice smelling candle. well, maybe. this is gonna get kinda stinky. just the smoke, so open a window or three.
let just the edge burn of the circle. blow it out so you dont let too much burn off. especially your fingers. I held several layers and burned that way as well.
when you’ve gotten them all burned, dampen them in some water. then put them in a bag. I used a plastic bag from the grocery store. Then crumple them up. The reason I used a bag was because the soot and tiny burnt pieces all came off in my hands, so if that doesn’t bother you, or you’re not wearing nice clothes, by all means, use your hands.
then put them in a place to dry.
NEXT- creating the roses!
Fold your circle in half, not perfect, just basically in half.
then roll it up from one side.
use hot glue to keep it rolled.
now, take another half circle, and roll that around the center.
hot glue in place. fold another half circle, in half, so that you have one circle folded 2x, or in 4ths.
glue that in one spot on your flower center.
do this four more times, to create your rose. I also glued each open point of the circle so that it stayed together.
here is your rose.
make a bunch.
now, let’s get to making that box.
get a paper mache box with lid. some berry stems in the floral aisle of your craft store, a hot glue gun, silver pipe cleaners, faux vintage trim, and scrapbook paper. I ended up using pink and a kraft colored dot paper. the blue didn’t match my berry stems.
TIP- create your own faux vintage trim by adding coffee grounds, walnut ink or very watery brown acrylic paint to lace. allow it to dry.
cut paper to fit top of lid, then glue down with paper glue.
Add lace, but since my lace was too large, I glued the bottom half down, and then folded the top over and glued that.
add pink trim and then at the edge of the lid, add the silver pipe cleaner.
add four roses to the center of the lid, fill in with various stems. I used pink berry pearls, silver small stems, glittered stems and gold dusted leaves. don’t worry about the glue strings right now.
Use a brush or dowel to wrap stems to create spirals.
Finish the bottom of the box with pink paper, then wrap another lace ribbon around the bottom. Lastly add silver pipe cleaner to bottom of box.
Here are some finished pics of the box. What a lovely box, this would be perfect for a last minute gift!
to get those pesky hot glue strings off, just melt them away with a hair dryer. they will disappear!