Monday, 7 February 2011

Rosebud crafty tutorial

Hello again, sweet pea,

Well, am I glad to see you today. It's so good to have some adult company.

{Between you and me, the chicken pox saga is somewhat taking its toll on my sanity.}

Have you chosen your outfits for Wednesday's English Garden Linky Party at Modern Country Style?

I'm thinking some posh wellie boots would go down well.

Yup, this is definitely the outfit I have in mind.


Please will you come along and link up your garden/ flower (fake or otherwise)/ outdoors posts too (the grabbable button is on my sidebar to your right)?

{I can't very well have a dress like that and prance around on my own, now, can I?!

Oh, alright, I probably could but it would be *so* much more fun with you.}


Now onto the rosebuds.

This is one of those excellent crafts that pretty easy to put together but looks absolutely awesome when it's done.

Here's what you'll be needing:

A packet of dried rosebuds, which, if you're wondering where to find them, I got easily-peasily from eBay. My second home.

Some firm but malleable wire

Pretty ribbon

Step 1
Take a rosebud and push it onto the end of the wire. If your wire isn't stiff enough then you can use a needle to make a hole and then slip the wire through that.

Step 2
Repeat until you have between 20 and 30 rosebuds on the wire then snip off the wire with a few cm spare at each end..

Step 3
This part depends on what shape you want to make. If, for example, you're after a heart then simply bend the two ends round until they touch and twist together to secure, trimming off excess if necessary. Shape the wire-loop into a heart.

Step 4
Attach pretty ribbon.

Step 5
For a gorgeous finishing touch, swivel the rosebuds so that the stalks all face same the same way.

Step 6*
Love Modern Country Style for always.

Mine are up and look so lovely and romantic. Tomorrow I'll be sharing my rosebud reveal.

Can't wait!

* Step 6 optional

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Samantha said...

Oh my, those red boots are so fabulous I would wish every day was a rainy day if I had them!! Your little rosebud craft looks sweet - looking forward to the reveal :-)

lisaroy said...

Those red wellies are so cute!! I love your rosebud craft - can't wait to see the completed project! Happy Monday sweetie xo

Lesha said...

This is so adorable! I am one of your new followers and I love your style! Have a great day!

alison said...

Ohhhhh, I have those wellies in navy!! Now I just need the dress ; ) And thank you for the step by step guide to the rosebud hearts. I'm not that crafty (use to be, but lost my mojo, not sure what happened!), but I think even I could manage this sweet little project. Off to search ebay now.
Hope the little ones are well & not too spotty & scratchy. Alison x

Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah,

Step 7 : Remove champagne from refridgerator

Step 8: Open champagne

Step 9 : Pour champagne into large glass

Step 10 : Drink!

Go deserve it....and so much better than the awful medicine usually prescribed for ailments.

Laura said...

Hey Sarah, Love your writing style. My garden is buried under snow at the moment and looking very tired and worn. I'll have see what old piccies I have floating around, so that I can try and link up! Lx

melissa said...

Sarah, your rosebuds look wonderful - I think this is something that I will definitely have to have a go at. I'm just imagining how nice they must smell!
You are so welcome about the button thing - I kind of dithered about saying anything, but I figured I would have wanted to know.
I love the posh boots - a must for any proper English garden party!
Melissa xx

CIELO said...

Thank you for bringing me here... what a lovely virtual home you have created here, and I love love your rosebuds necklace... love to believe it's a necklace, and I want one just like that! ;)

Happy Monday!


michele said...

love love love this post! just the word 'rosebud' puts me in a dreamy state of mind.

maybe if we could re-name chickenpox--think of them as covered in rosebuds instead...?

the snow is falling in slow motion, gently, in great big gorgeous flakes right now. sending you that peaceful vibe just now!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah!

Cute...cute...cute! I love your post, today. I'll take a pair of those red Wellies. The bow is definitely me. Wouldn't it be fun to have an excuse to wear that skirt?

Rosebuds... nothing sweeter! I'll be back to drool over the beautiful gardens and your rosebud creation. MMMMmm

Pray you all get through the week! I like your sanity :)

Michelle :)

American in Bath said...

You are not encouraging me to get that long list of chores done. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Poor things! I hope your chicken pox is getting better!
This is a lovely little craft and perfect for Valentine's Day and spring! I say, yes - for that dress! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Loving those red beauties~and I so think you should wear them with that gorgeous dress too! :) Looking forward to seeing your lovely rosebud wreaths and joining your garden party! Hope your wee one is feeling better. Hugs, Courtney

Unknown said...

Like step 6
And I love this idea with rosebuds
I expect to see the final result and hope that you are better

High Street Cottage said...

Sarah, do you know I had some Red Wellies on hold, but forgot to get back to the store to pick them up. They were very similar sans the bow. I'll be back for your linky party, however my garden is looking pitiful right now. I'll have to show you something though. Love the wreath. So soft and feminine. Have a wonderful afternoon, xoxo tami

Amanda said...

Hi Sarah,
I am so delighted that you found me and joined in on the flea market excursion! Your comments were so sweet and I could hardly wait to repay the visit! I am so intrigued by your rosebud craft and will definitely try to put together a post to link up to your garden party! What fun!
Best Wishes and Blessings!
p.s. Sure hope the chicken pox come to a bitter end soon!

Brandi said...

love it Sarah! Can't wait for the reveal! I'm an Ebay junkie too! LOL

michelle said...

Oh I would love to wear a dress like too, would it be tacky if we wore the same thing to the same party!?? ;)

Your rosebuds look so pretty, I can't wait to see what you have done with them! :)

Design Elements said...

wonderful post! lovely greetings

chris said...

So pretty. What a lovely way to keep part of your garden all year.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Please share with me where i can find those boots? Would really appreciate it! thanks!!! xoxo

Fishtail Cottage said...

Please share with me where i can find those boots? Would really appreciate it! thanks!!! xoxo

It's me said...

Oh Sarah....this is all so so so so your post today.....beautiful wreath !!! happy week love love Ria....

Lila said...

How delicate and perfect for Valentines.

Any special plans? Hmmm

Blondie's Journal said...

What a pretty looks fantastic with the boots! lol!

Love your pretty rosebud project. It looks like fun to make and so pretty!


Unknown said...

I'm dying over your outfit ;) I would wear stuff like that every day to work if my boss would let me!

So much pretty in this post! Would love to join your linky party but my garden is pretty much brown and miserable at the moment. Looking forward to see what everyone contributes though to take my mind off the wet yuck we have right now!

Privet and Holly said...

That's it,
this spring
I MUST have
some wellies!
I wanted some
last fall but
was on strike
against products
made in China,
so never found
any {even Hunters
are MIC}. I'm
giving your party
a shout-out on
my post, tomorrow.
Love, love the
rosebuds : ) !!
xx Suzanne

Alison Agnew said...

So sweet and so pretty. Thanks for the lovely idea. To answer your question about my linky party. It started small and has grown a bit every week, and I think people are enjoying it...hopefully! Of course, wouldn't you know that as soon as I started hosting, the linky site went from free to a $ suscription! But I am still going to continue it b/c it's such a fun way to meet other bloggers and read some fabulous posts. Hope to see you back again!

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Well, that's a pretty brilliant idea, I must say. I'm looking forward to having dried flowers of my own to play with soon(ish). I'm so excited for your party on Wednesday! I need to see some flowers!

Heather said...

Looking forward to your garden party this week. I noticed the hellebores are blooming, as are some crocus. But, I am anxiously awaiting the divine Daphne, my favorite.

Your project just affirms... a rose by any other name:)

Lee Weber said...

Hi Sarah- when ya coming across the pond???????? I need help!! hehehe. Hoping to get some deocrating done soon, we have these huge walls and I need large art work. Better learn to paint!! xo

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness you must have armfuls of rosebuds. Do you know how fortunate you are? *sigh* Love the red boots. Perfect touch.

Anonymous said...

this is BEAUTIFUL!! Would love for you to link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings if you get a chance!

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Rosebuds... you didn't need to say more to get me hooked!!! I've never purchased anything on ebay, but this could be the first thing... It's so pretty. Can't wait to see the big reveal! I'm a little worried about the boots for your party... I mean I'm not sure I can look as gorgeous as Kate Moss with wellies on!!!

Luciane at said...

Hello, sweet Sarah!

Did you have a good weekend? You poor kid... I hope you guys feel better soon!

Wow! I'm loving this post... it's so romantic, pretty!!!! I'd love to try to make one too. Gorgeous, Sarah!

Have a blessed week, my friend!


Luciane at

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Meera @ firstsense said...

Adorable outfit! :) Such a lovely tutorial, your ideas are charming!

Very excited about the rosebud reveal!

xxx said...

I am absolutely loving the rosebud craft. You are so creative my friend.

At The Picket Fence said...

Why, oh why do you leave us with just a little glimpse of that sweet project? And, how on earth did you ever find that picture of me? Doesn't everyone wear wellies on their wedding day? Certainly more comfortable than the shoes I actually had on! :-) Can't wait for the party...will you have margaritas ready for us? Or maybe a mojito? Something summery like that!
See you soon my friend!

Simple Home said...

This is such a great idea Sarah. I love your sweet rosebuds! I'm looking forward to seeing the reveal :-)
I hope your little one is feeling better. My twins haven't had chicken pox or the shot. They're 10 now, so I'm thinking we may have to get the shot. I know it's not foolproof though, my oldest daughter got the shot, but still got chicken pox a year later!

Travel With Lulu said...

Hi Sweet Pea back :) I love the whole dress/wellies get-up :) I am so excited about the link up tomorrow - finalizing my post for tomorrow - we were in your neck of the woods for the 'photo shoot'. Can't wait to see what you have in store, sweetie! Hope those pox are gone soon XOL

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

Your project is going to be SO pretty! I love the rosebud idea. I've never thought about getting them on ebay...

I can't wait to see the finished product tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, and wow. This is truly lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lisa x

Catherine said...

Awwwww, I love that dress...the wellies are great too, but I can't prance in them. I would be more of a "stumble, trip, put a big wellie right in the middle of a gorgeous tulle hem" type of gormless prancing.'s an idea...perhaps I could come along bare footed; then I could wriggle my toes in lovely wet grass and mush mud (if there is mud!) between my toes...that would look really lovely beneath that lush dress.

See you there sister!!



elena nuez said...

Oh lalalalalà... so beautiful!!!

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