Making this beautiful, eco-friendly symbol of peace for a gift, or for your own home, is quick, simple, and inexpensive. You need only five "ingredients":
- The wreaths, a long-time Global Gifts best seller from the Philippines*,
are available at all of our stores.
- A hot glue gun
- Floral pins with a pearlized head
(available in a variety of colors, at any craft store)
You can make your roses really meaningful by choosing an old copy of your favorite book (perhaps found at a second-hand store), photocopying love letters (don't forget to copy both sides), or even recapturing holiday gift wrap from the recycle bin. (It makes a gorgeous Christmas wreath for the next year!) My favorite wreath was made from the flood-ruined pages of an old Bible -- giving the cherished item a new life.
Making the roses is fairly easy. Expect to make one or two bloopers before you really get the hang of it, but once you do, you can make 4-5 roses in about 20 minutes! Here's an easy-to-follow tutorial. Once your flower is glued, insert the floral pin into the center so that the pearlized head is just peeking out of the center of the blossom. Then you can push the pin into the wood of the wreath, or between the vines. A dot or two of hot glue hold everything in place. You can use the scraps of paper left over to make leaves, too!
It's that easy!
*Wondering about where the wreaths come from?
They are made from takip-asin wood wrapped in galtang vine. Galtang is a climbing plant that grows widely in the Philippines. The takip-asin, or Coral Tree, is a type of shrub endemic to the Philippines which grows profusely around the country's tropical landscape. When its branches are cut for the production of such items, new stems regenerate almost instantaneously, making it an ecological and sustainable choice.
This product is from the Community Crafts Association of the Philippines (CCAP), one of the oldest fair trade organizations in the region. CCAP artisans use only locally available, natural fibers in their work.
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