Roses have been used to symbolize love, romance, friendship, passion, appreciation and innocence. When real ones are not pragmatic, creative types have made their own out of available materials like straws. These craft flowers last longer than live ones and can be used for gifts, decorations, hair accessories, or table centerpieces. With a little practice, anyone can master the straw roses.
Run your finger over the straw several times to flatten the straw. Make sure the straw is as flat ans smooth as possible so it is easier to work with.
Make a 90-degree fold in the center of the straw so the straw looks like an L.
Take the the upper piece of the straw and fold it downward over the first 90-degree fold so they are flush. Then take the other part of the L and fold it over the last piece. This is called an accordion fold.
Repeat the previous step several times, so that you have several alternating folds. Do four folds for a smaller rose, and eight folds for a larger one. The more folds you make, the bigger and more intricate your rose will look. Leave a little bit of straw unfolded at the end.
Pinch the unfolded end of the straw that will serve as the base of the stem with your thumb and index finger. With your other hand, pull one of the straw ends. The rose will start to form. Pull enough to form a tight rose.
Check to make sure the rose is secure. The straw should be rigid enough to hold the rose in place on its own, but you may want to glue the ends to keep it together. If it's not secure, tape or glue the two ends of the straw together to hold it in place.
Practice making the rose with paper or ribbon before attempting the straw rose.
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