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2/11/2015

DIY Gypsy Rose Luminaries

Romantic Valentine DIY
I have been meaning to share these Gypsy Rose Luminaries since I made them for our wedding in 2012.  Better late than never right? I thought now would be a good time since they are very romantic and make a perfect Valentine's Day DIY. 
My hubby and I are not big on going out on major holidays, we'd much rather stay home and spoil ourselves with some gorgeous food and candlelight. So, today I dug out the few remaining luminaries I kept after our wedding so we can set a romantic and whimsical scene for V-Day. 

Romantic Valentine DIY
I think I originally made about 20 of them to adorn the tables at our reception dinner. We had a very intimate group of about 30 people at our wedding and I DIY-ed every single detail I could. I wanted to create something romantic and unusual that I could whip up easily and cheaply and that I wouldn't need to lug back with me when the reception was over. They kind of ended up doubling as favors as well because everyone wanted to bring one home with them. 

Romantic Valentine DIY

Now you don't have to be getting married to make these. Heck no. You could make a few of them to scatter on the table or around the bedroom for you and your honey to enjoy. You could make a bunch to light in the evening garden in the Spring so it feels like a fairy wonderland for your kiddos. Or you could make them just for yourself to place all around the tub while you take a bath. You could even use some floral scented tea lights in them to add to the mood.

Romantic Valentine DIY

These luminaries are super simple to make.  All you need to start is these little fishbowl shaped glass vessels.  They are at every thrift store in abundance for some reason, in all sizes.  The ones I used are about 3-4" tall.  If you can't find them at the thrift store, they are almost always in the glass section of the dollar store.
Then you need to gather some silk roses. This part is a bit trickier because you need to find better quality silk flowers which are not easy to come by these days. As always I recommend checking the thrift stores if you can first because silk flowers were quality in the 80's and 90's.  Waaaaay better than the crumby plastic ones of today. Anyway, the point is just find the best looking fake roses you can.  I got really lucky and found these very vintage looking, velvety ones. You will probably use about one and a half dismembered roses per luminary. So you will need to buy about twice the amount of roses as the amount of luminaries you want to make {to be safe}. Then get your glue gun, glue sticks and scissors and you're good to go.

Romantic Valentine DIY


Cut the silk roses up into individual petals and discard the stem and center.  Starting with the smallest inner petals, glue them overlapping around the lip of the glass.  Make sure they just cover the lip of the glass but don't hang inside {you don't want them to go up in flames}. Add the next layer about halfway over the first one, staggering the petals to cover the space between the last layer. Continue on until you reach the bottom. The curved shape of the glass naturally creates a lovely rose shape as you go. Be sure to glue the inside of the petals to the glass so you have the effect of the rose blooming from the outside.
I added a bed of 3-4 leaves to finish off the bottom, just be sure that they are spaced evenly on the bottom so they won't wobble over. When they are complete, add dabs of glue anywhere they need a little extra hold. Peel off any hot glue strings and voila you are done!



Romantic Valentine DIY

Now you can become obsessed with making them, and make 15 more in one sitting! Then spend the rest of the night nursing all of the hot glue burns all over your fingers like I did. They are so worth it though. So worth it. These pictures can't possibly do them justice when they are lit at night, so you will have to take my word for it and make them yourself. You will love them, I know it.

Romantic Valentine DIY

I imagine that you could also use other types of silk flowers for these if you're not a rose person. Sunflowers maybe or tulips? I used all vintage shades of rose and cream but I'd love to see how yellow and red ones look too! Now just add some tea lights and twinkle the night away!

xoxo-Andrea

12 comments:

  1. Really pretty.Love these :-)

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  2. These are so pretty! I can't wait to burn my fingers :)

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    1. Ha Ha! My work here is done :)

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  3. I am totally making them! So pretty!

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  4. Andrea, these are lovely. Combines two favorites of mine: candles and roses. I just saw your warm and wonderfully hippie home at Moon to Moon, so I had to come over to your blog.

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    1. Yes! Two of my favorites as well! So glad you found me!

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