December 13, 2009

A ‘Shabby Cheap’ Christmas Vignette

All I have done lately is decorate, decorate, decorate!   Don’t get me wrong.  I love Christmas and I had fun decorating.  I genuinely enjoy the process.  But, I found myself needing a  crafting ‘fix’ this afternoon. 
I started looking around the house in search of something to use for a quick craft project.
I was in the mood for something shabby, white, and romantic but cheap, easy, and quick. And it would be great if it could be incorporated into the Christmas decorations.

I had a white sugar bowl with had a cracked lid.
I had lots of used coffee filters that I was saving to make some complicated looking roses.
I had lots of sea shells, glitter, and pink grosgrain ribbon.
I had grapevines.
And I had just scored the last two bottle brush wreaths at the local Big Lots for $7.00 each.

This is the results:

It really doesn’t take much to create something really pretty from next to nothing!

These roses are obviously not the ones that require cutting and shaping the individual petals.  I simply folded the filter in half and started rolling from one end. About 1/3 of the way, I started turning the edges outward and rolling looser while bunching and pleating the stem to shape it as I went.  I secured them with fabric covered wire.  I made the leaves just like you make ribbon leaves. 
They are not perfect. In fact, one of them has a double center!!  But, I had fun and it satisfied my craft craving!

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  1. Bonjour Rhonda! How pretty! You are so talented, I wish I was more 'crafty', but I'm getting lots of inspiration here!

  2. Look at you! You are the Crafty Queen! The coffee filter roses are gorgeous. I'm going to have to make some of those. Wouldn't they be sweet on a package?

  3. I always think that coffee filters have potential! What a great idea you did here with them.

    You are up as Blog of the Week {just posted}!

  4. So glad to find your blog via Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions. A wonderful craft idea.

  5. What a cute craft with items you have around the house. I am going to try the coffee filter roses.

  6. Rhonda,
    Who would have thought to make roses from coffee filters...sadly, we have one of those "permanent" plastic and mesh filters, which no matter how hard I tried, wouldn't fold into a rose (didn't really, just kidding)...I do love to make them from silk ribbons, though...
    You did a great job.

  7. Yours & the presentation are superb. I am seeing these all over bloggyville & they are FANTASTIC, I think I am actually going to try to do one ... untalented as I am.

    Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon
    **NEW BLOG**

  8. Beautiful! I am having the same crafting crave myself. Maybe this weekend.

  9. I'm coming over from Kathys! This is gorgeous!!

  10. So you save the used filters and let them dry then make roses??????

    Ouuuuu I wanna try this!

    Thank you bunches

  11. Hi Rhonda,
    The paper roses are very pretty and the tutorial was so easy to follow I might be saving coffee filters myself from now on.
    Maeery Christmas from Normandy.

  12. Those coffee filter roses are so pretty! I don't have a coffee maker but this makes me want to get one. Happy Holidays! ~Lisa

  13. Lovely lovely lovely! Did you tea stain those filters, or are they just used ones? I want to try this for some of my Christmas packages under the tree!

    Thanks for linking up to Mi4M!

  14. Thank you for sharing how to make these! They are lovely. I will try my hand at these. Also thanks for participating in my give away and posting about it in the side bar. :)
    Your home is beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!

  15. You've created some beautiful vignettes! I look forward to seeing what Christmas 2010 looks like in your home.

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  17. Just wanted to stop by and say that I think you are very talented and I am so happy for you that things are falling into place. Your blog are soooo fun. Thanks for sharing.

    Susan Graham


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