The second floral hoop I made for my daughter’s birthday was lightly filled with roses and made a little differently than the Baby’s Breath Hoop. I am still working on a video for the Lavender Rose Hoop I made using another technique. It is taking a while to complete the video because I just figured out that my computer is really old and not compatible with Premier Pro so I can’t learn a new app just yet, and my first cut is an hour long (don’t think I can pull off Bob Ross’ style- I used to watch him all the time as a kid) so I will continue to edit until palatable.
In the meantime I thought I would share this rose hoop and the basics on how I made it. Unfortunately I did not have the foresight to take process pictures but hopefully the video I am preparing will help out in the future and the steps below I was able to communicate effectively. I guess we’ll see! Follow my blog, sign up for emails, and follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to know when the video is up.
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- 18 inch hoop
- Dried roses and other floral bouquet filler(s)
- Garden shears
- 5/8 inch ribbon
- Hot glue gun with glue
- J hook or other means of hanging the hoop
Find a flat surface to work on. Turn on the hot glue gun. I always like my glue gun to be on standby just in case.
Place hoop on the surface and start plotting out where the roses and bouquet filler should be placed.
Cut a long ribbon, about 3 feet in length. I used a cream color ribbon which I realize is a bit difficult to see in this picture, but feel free to use any color ribbon you like.
With your garden shears cut your first bundle of bouquet filler leaving about an inch or two of stem. Since the flowers are dried they will be fragile and won’t bend easily but will give a bit. You also don’t want a lot of stem left that you will have to work around.
Secure the bouquet filler to the hoop with the ribbon. Circle one end of the ribbon at the top of the floral stem dabbing a bit of hot glue on the ribbon then pressing another portion of the ribbon together, hold there until dry. *Please note that the glue will not stick to the metal hoop. * Wrap the ribbon around the bouquet filler a couple times.
Cut and place your second bundle of bouquet filler and continue wrapping the hoop and parts of the stem that has contact with the hoop. Since the ribbon is so long it will take time and patience to find the right parts to wrap and make sure the bouquet filler doesn’t fall off but know that it is possible and will happen if you stick with it. I like to use it as my time to meditate.
Continue adding bundles of bouquet filler and wrapping with the ribbon. Take your time in placing the filler and if for some reason that particular stem isn’t working move on to another one. Each one serves their purpose and will be used as needed.
At any time you feel it is necessary dab another bit of hot glue on the ribbon secure the two parts of the ribbon together and hold it until it is dry.
Once you are done with adding all the bouquet filler you want (I went around the hoop a quarter of the way) dab a bit of hot glue to make the last point of security. You should have enough ribbon to make a pretty bow if you like or cut off the excess like I did.
Let’s attach the roses. Trim one rose leaving about 5 – 6 inches of stem; cut the stem on the longer side because you can always cut the excess off later. Place that stem towards the bottom of the ribbon and bouquet filler positioning the bud of the rose upright, this is the review where the points of contact will fall. Place a line of hot glue on the rose stem where you saw the points of contact, hold the stem against the ribbon until it is dry.
Cut the additional roses leaving about an inch of stem. Start placing the roses in a bundle below the initial rose and play around with the composition until to you find the positions you like. Once you have determined the positions for each rose place a line of hot glue on the stem of the rose that can attach to the initial rose’s long stem and the ribbon. I found that starting from the middle moving outward works best. Place the rose in your desired position and hold there until the glue is dry. Continue hot gluing the other roses to the stem and ribbon until your bundle you plotted out is complete.
Inspect your creation, cut back any undesired stems and ribbon and hang that sucker up on the wall, good job!
What Can Be Composted From This Craft?
All the leftover rose stems and bouquet filler pieces can be composted. All compost piles should have 50% dry and 50% wet materials to keep it decomposing properly with minimal stink and interest from pests. Happy crafting!