You can create these gorgeous watercolor roses in any shade. They’re made from inexpensive coffee filters. This tutorial was sponsored by Sakura of America, Calm and Faith Crafts calm. I first learned to make coffee filter roses from the Martha Stewart Show. So while the idea came from Martha, I’ve adapted and simplified this project. For example, their pattern requires 8 filters per rows. Well, mine only needs 4 first print out the free 2 page template from made by Marzipan Calm. If you plan on making a lot of roses, I recommend mounting the shapes on poster board or cardstock, so they are more durable, cut out the shapes and lay them out on 4 coffee filters as shown on the template trace around the petal shapes. You might want to number them. Add the numbers down towards the base of the petal, so they won’t show. I like to cut 4 filters at once to save time. Be certain that all of your filters are facing the right direction. I’d like to put my pieces in numbered cups for easy assembly. You could also use plastic baggies. I find it easiest to cut the floral tape first cut into strips about two and a half inches long. You’ll need about seven pieces per flower. Now it’s time to assemble our rows. Start with piece number one. Poke a wire down between the right hand petals when you have about five inches of wire poking out of the top loop, the wire tip around and poke it down through the bottom, pinch the loop, slightly and tug down this loop will keep the petals from sliding up and down the stem. Hold the right-hand petal inward and roll to coil around the wire, then wrap the end of the wire loop around the base of the petal to secure piece number two is added, like the first poke, the wire down between the right petals, arranged the petal, so it fills in empty spaces between the first petal roll, then secure with a piece of floral tape when applying the tape pull and stretch it to get a good tight. Hold around the base piece number. Three is added, just like number two piece number four needs to be separated first, gently tear along the bottom of the petal to make a flat strip, then wrap this around the rose and secure with tape next. Get to number five pieces and to number six pieces. Since these pieces weren’t cut on the fold, you’ll have double the amount of the previous pieces fan out the four pieces like you would a hand of cards place the rows in the center and wrap the petals around the rows, secure the base with tape, repeat with two number seven pieces and to number eight pieces. If you’d like you can wrap the entire stem and tape for more realistic, look. Starting with the outer petals, fan out, the petals bending, gently backward from the base now comes the really fun part. Painting your roses. I recommend using Sakura’s koi watercolors that come in tubes. Your base color will need to be really watered down and two water colors allow you to get the perfect consistency, blend a dollop of color with about a tablespoon of water, paint the petals starting from the center and working outward well. Add a second color while the Rose is still wet. This color needs to be more concentrated than the first, so add water with a brush rather than pouring it. Run the tip of the brush along the edge of each petal to deposit. The color have fun experimenting with different color combinations. Here’s another tip. I found it’s really fast to dip the rose in the base color. It takes more paint, but less time the roses take about three hours to dry. It’s best to hang these, so the petals have good form. You can bend the wire over towel rack once your. Rose is dry, You’ll need to shape the petals, a bit place, a skewer behind each petal and roll backwards to curl. You can enjoy summer year-round with these beautiful water colored roses. This craft project was sponsored by FAVE Crafts Calm to learn more about coif watercolors, visit my sponsor’s website, Sakura of America. Calm to download the free template. Please visit my website made by Marzipan calm.