Hi friends at Fresh Ideas Studio! It’s Cindy from Little Miss Celebration and I’m excited to be here today for my September visit! It’s always fun to hang out with Therese and of course, with all of you. It’s just about that time to get ready to greet little goblins, ghosts and princesses! Whether you’ll be tricking, treating or throwing a fun (or scary!) holiday bash, you can fill your space with some sweet or spooky spirit with these easy Halloween Newspaper Rosettes.
It’s funny when and how inspiration strikes! Maybe it was the relaxation, the waves, too much sun – but I seemed to get a lot of creative inspiration on my recent beach vacation with my hubby. One morning at breakfast at one our favorite seaside morning spots, hubby and I were reading the local paper. Never one to sit still, I started pleating the newspaper. All of sudden, it hit me! Sometimes, my enthusiasm gets a little carried away. I yelled out, “Wow, I’m going to make rosettes out of this for Halloween!” Hubby, jaded to the spontaneous bursts of excitement after thirty years, barely broke eye contact with the sports page. The restaurant patrons, however, looked just a tad worried! 🙂
The great thing about these rosettes? No scoring, measuring or precision needed! For the low cost of one newspaper, we can turn out a lot of decorations! You can finish the center simply with a circle of cardstock – or maybe I’ll inspire you to get a bit more elaborate! Create your newspaper rosette masterpiece in any way that expresses your Halloween style and you can make lots of decor for just pennies – especially if it’s a weekday edition of the paper!
You can make these rosettes in different sizes. Let’s talk about a large and a medium sized rosette. For a large rosette, take one full piece of newspaper and cut it in half at the center fold. Now, just fan-fold or pleat the paper, back and forth, making the size of each fold as small or large as you like. The smaller the folds, the more pleats! Try to keep the folds even, but don’t even worry if they are off a bit – it will still look great! If you get to the end and have an oddly sized edge, just cut it off! Gather the pleats together at the bottom and secure it with a stapler – it will look like this.
For a medium sized rosette, take the same fan-folded sized paper; fold all of the pleats flat and fold the pleated paper in half, like this.
I used 6 sections of pleated paper for the large rosette and two for the medium rosette. To attach all of the sections together, I used a Tombow permanent adhesive tape runner. You could also use Tacky Tape. Be a little gentle with the tape runner, because it IS newspaper and tears easily. You know what? I got a few little tears and just patched that baby up with some Scotch tape! Line each section up, as best you can, at the top and tape together. Once all of the sections are attached, secure the center with a small amount of low-temp hot glue. Don’t worry if the center looks a little messy – we’re covering it up!
Now you can let your creativity run wild! If you decide to hang these rosettes on the wall, just finish the front center of each one. Here’s a tip – hang them on the wall with straight pins! Want to hang them from the ceiling? Finish the center of both sides, punch a hole in the top and hand with clear fishing line or thin ribbon. I love the Spookytime Stack from Die Cuts with A View, which I found at Jo-Ann. This fun paper is inspiring lots of Halloween projects!
A circle cut from this paper with decorative scissors and some Stickles for a little sparkle finished this medium sized rosette.
Make a small rosette by cutting the newspaper in half, and in half again. Layer it on a medium rosette, finished with a tag and small ribbons.
I REALLY had fun with the large rosette! A big circle cut from the spiderweb paper, (use a dinner plate to draw the circle!) an outline of sparkly silver tinsel stems, a bunting cut from letters in the paper stack and finished with orange gems, plus some spiderweb epoxy stickers and furry spiders make this big rosette pop! Attach the centers to the rosettes with a little low-temp hot glue.
Doesn’t newspaper makes a great Halloween rosette? I’m totally excited with these and plan to hang them over my fireplace as part of my Halloween décor. If we don’t want to store these rosettes- pull off centers and save them, put the rosette in the recycling bin and make new ones next year!
I used the same great paper to make these fun, easy and safe Halloween Toilet Paper Roll “Candles.”
Thanks to Therese for having me here today – and of course, to all of you for stopping by to visit our wonderful hostess! Visit me anytime over at Little Miss Celebration – the Halloween fun is just getting started! I’ll be back in October with a fun little trick that’s a big treat. Have a wonderful weekend!
Partying with this awesome post of Cindy’s at Savvy Southern Style