To make the rosettes like the ones hanging from the windows in this picture and shown with the stationery below, Jayme and Chris used a paper that's easy to fold and has some body. Jayme found one that has the matte texture of construction paper but is a bit thinner and easier to fold (the creases of the pleats will stiffen it).
Tools and Materials
- Patterned paper in a large size, but cut down to 11 by 17 inches. (If you don't have access to a printer that will accommodate this size, cut the paper to 8 1/2 by 11 inches, and tape it together.)
- Yatsuo Papers in light blue (B7), medium blue (B22), green (B18), and yellow (B14), and white (A1); from New York Central Art Supply
- Mini stapler by Bo Bunny Press, from scrapbook.com
Paper Rosettes How-To
- Once you have selected your papers, choose embroidery floss that matches the color as closely as possible; you'll use this to tie the rosettes in the center.
- The proportions of an 8 1/2-by-11-inch or an 11-by-17-inch piece of paper are particularly good for these rosettes; as you adjust the size, try to keep this oblong shape in mind. You will need 2 pieces of paper for a single rosette (unless you are making small ones, in which case you should cut the paper to be twice as long).
- Lay the 2 papers vertically on the work surface. Mark even intervals, top to bottom, on the edges (use 1-inch intervals for an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece; increase to 1 1/2 inches or so for a larger piece). Score the paper between the marks with a bone folder (use a metal straight edge to guide the bone folder). Fold each piece top to bottom accordion-style at the marks to make pleats. If you want scalloped or spiky rosettes, collapse the pleats of each sheet to make a bundle, and cut each end into a U or V shape.
- Attach the two sheets by nesting the last pleat of 1 sheet inside the first pleat of the other, securing with double-sided tape.
- Squeeze the pleats together. Fold in half, end to end, to create a crease at the center, then unfold; tie a short length of embroidery floss snugly around the bundle at the center of the crease, using a square knot to secure.
- Carefully cut a slit through the topmost layer along the crease, which creates a flap on each side (be sure not to cut the embroidery floss). On one side of the slit, snip off the corner at an angle (this will keep that corner from buckling when the rosette is folded together). Repeat on the bottom of the bundled pleats.
- Fan out the pleats to form a rosette. To join the sides, slip one pleat inside the other (place the notched corner uppermost). Secure with double-sided tape on both sides of the V (leave the very tips of the pleats untaped).
- To add the ribbon, slide the end in between the layers of an overlapped pleat, and staple through the ribbon. (A stapler that uses mini staples will give you strong yet unobtrusive results.)