Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I started with a 14" circle cut out of thin plywood. You'll notice that the circle isn't perfect. In fact, it's kind of badly done, but that doesn't matter because I'm covering the whole thing with rose petals.
I painted it red with basic acrylic paint. Let that dry, and then traced three circles in graduated size on the wood. (Luckily for me I had a platter, plate, and salad plate from a dish set that were just perfect for this. If your dinner ware isn't quite so perfect you can make a compass by tying a string to a pencil.)
I sorted the petals, pulling out the ones that were the best shape. Some from the box were flat or were stamped crooked and didn't look great. Then I glued the petals down to my plywood starting at the outside ring of petals. The edge of the plywood is completely covered with the rose petals. The bottoms of the petals did not line up perfectly with the penciled in rings on the plywood, but that didn't matter. I just used the rings as a reference and eyeballed where the petals should go. The organdy petals were glued on over a silk petal in random places.
It was fun to get out the glue gun again. I'll have to do that more often.
(by the way, yes I did immediately go back in the living room and straighten my lamp shade just as soon as I got my post up. Please forgive my lackadaisical home decor.)