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Paper Rosette Crown

Lisa Kettell Designs

By Lisa Kettell

April 23, 2014

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Project Description

I have been having lots of fun lately dying and aging paper with Rit Dye. Many of us love the vintage look, spending lots of time aging and distressing new supplies to achieve an aged look. For this project I have made aging/distressing super easy with Rit dye. You can make your own rosette, paper cones or this crown with recycled pages from a discarded book, card stock, ribbon, tinsel, a star punch and Rit dye. So fast and easy to make, soon you will be the Queen of your world with this crown.


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   rubbing alcohol

  •    foil pan

  •    heat gun

  •    ephemera: book pages or music sheets

  •    sturdy card stock

  •    craft/holiday tinsel garland

  •    ribbon

  •    trims

  •    German silver glitter

  •    2 sizes of star punches

  •    scissors

  •   glass bowl large

  •   glue

  •   glue gun

  •   latex gloves

  •   large metal spoon

  •   old towel

  •   paint brush

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   sponge

Step By Step

  1. Directions to Prepare the Alcohol Ink: Prepare your work surface with a plastic covering.

  2. In a glass bowl, add 1 teaspoon of tan liquid Rit dye to a 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol. Stir to mix.

  3. Dip a foam brush or Rit dye applicator into the prepared alcohol ink and brush on the book pages and ephemera til desired color is achieved. Heat dry with a heat gun.

  4. Drop pieces of tinsel garland into the alcohol ink mixture, let set for 5 to 10 minutes or until desired color is achieved. Remove and place on a foil pan, heat dry with a heat gun.

  5. Directions to Form the Rosettes: Cut 6 strips from the dyed paper about 1 1/2 inches thick and 6 strips that are 3 1/2 inches thick. Paper pleat each one (pleat the paper like you would pleat/fold a paper fan).

  6. Hot glue 2 pleated strips of the same size dimension together, press down flat and glue to hold with more hot glue. Refer to the photos for step by step examples of how to make the rosettes.

  7. Glue the smaller rosette onto the bigger rosette using hot glue. Punch a star from a star punch and card stock, then hot glue to the center of the layered rosette. Line the center rosette with the dyed/aged tinsel. Set aside.

  8. Directions to Form the Cone Rosette: Cut medium sized squares from the dyed paper. Then cut the square in half into a triangle shape. Roll the triangle shape into a cone shape and glue in place. Repeat 14 times. Glue the cones together to form a circle.

  9. Directions to Assemble the Crown: Cut a basic crown shape from sturdy card stock, layer with more dyed ephemera/book pages, cut to fit the crown shape, glue in place with glue stick.

  10. Hot glue 12 inches of ribbon to each end of the crown shape. Begin layering the paper rosettes onto the crown, hot glue in place in desired location. Add more trim, ribbon and tinsel to finish the crown and age with more prepared alcohol ink.

  11. Coat the stars on the crown with elmers glue, sprinkle with German glitter, let dry. Finish aging the glitter, tinsel and paper by brushing on pearl grey dye onto areas of the tinsel and crown for more aged effects.

  12. Tips/Tricks: -Instead of painting on the alcohol ink, spray it on for more grungy effects. -Mix colors of Rit Dye for more fun looks.




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