Glittered Roses

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2009

Try one of these three easy techniques to glitter roses for a one-of-a-kind way to give flowers this Valentine's Day:

1. Glitter an entire rose by diluting white glue in a spray bottle with water. Your mixture should be equal parts water and glue, with the consistency of milk.

2. Glitter the edges of a rose by thinning white glue just a bit and applying to the tips of a flower with the side of small round paintbrush. Your diluted white glue should be the consistency of house paint.

3. Create a dewdrop effect on a rose by applying Martha Stewart Crafts all-purpose gel adhesive to the flower in rounded droplet shapes.

Wrapping Roses: To wrap your glitter roses, simply use cellophane. Begin by laying down 2 strips of cellophane to make a cross shape. Add more strips of cellophane to create an asterisk, or star shape. Slide you hands underneath all the layers of cellophane, and bring them up toward the sides of your bouquet. Finish by securing the cellophane along the sides of your roses with a wide, long ribbon.

Rose Varietals: Martha used the following varieties of roses from Harvest Wholesale Floral on the show: 'Secret Garden,' 'Silverstone' ('Ocean Song' is a similar bloom), 'Black Magic,' 'Orange France,' 'Dark Milva,' 'Transition,' 'Combo' ('Safari' is a similar bloom), 'Something Special,' 'Quicksand,' 'Sahara,' and 'Orangina.'

Resources: Martha used glitter, white crafts glue, and all-purpose gel adhesive from Martha Stewart Crafts.

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