Crafty for Valentine’s Day!

Spray on glue

Woot-woot! I did a Martha craft and it went really well!! Ok, here’s the scoop. In March Living, Martha suggests embellishing roses with glitter. She shows two methods. In method one, you mix 3 oz of water with 4-5 squirts of craft glue. Mix it up and spray it on a rose from 8 inches away. Sprinkle glitter over the rose and shake it off. This went well for me. The only tip I would offer is to use roses are not tightly closed. It’s hard to get glitter down in it if it is.

Method number two involves using glue that has an applicator tip. You’re supposed to trace glue around the edges of the petals. Well, I didn’t have an

Directly applied glue

applicator tip. My glue had a brush in it (just like the rubber cement we used to in art class – that took me back!) so I brushed it on gently and then sprinkled the glitter.

It really worked! I was tickled pink (get it?). Now, the question is would I really ever do this? Um, no, probably not. I think roses are beautiful by themselves and adding glitter is sort of tacky. I did say to Mr. MarthaAndMe that this might be something sort of fun to do for a centerpiece for a party if you wanted something a little glitzy and exciting, so I can see doing it in that setting. Maybe white roses with silver glitter for New Year’s Eve.

You can see I used pink roses. That’s a rule in our house. I don’t do red. Period. So Mr. MarthaAndMe has been trained to only bring home pink roses for Valentine’s Day.

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10 Responses to Crafty for Valentine’s Day!

  1. Shannon says:

    I totally want to try that. I kind of agree that it seems a little tacky. But I figure if Martha does it it’s not tacky by definition. I think you’re right that it would be a great centerpiece for a party. I, like you, do a lot of Martha cooking. But I never seem to find time to do the crafts. That needs to be one of my belated New Year’s resolutions to block out a small amount of time each week to work on crafts.

  2. marthaandme says:

    I think maybe the pink glitter (Martha’s) I used added to the tackiness. Maybe something not so bright would be less tacky. I have a hard time too getting myself to do the crafts. I usually find that I enjoy it though and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised at how well things turn out.

  3. Julie says:

    I wouldn’t do this to a real rose … but a paper one would work in a heartbeat. This way I’m not wasting glue and glitter to be thrown in the trash 3 days later.

    In our house, Mr. Julie gives me one red rose — only one, as it is a symbol between us and I even carried one rose down the aisle when we got married — and never on special occasions that call for flowers. It’s a random thing, meant to say I love you when he’s not forced to say it.

  4. marthaandme says:

    Aww. I love that.

  5. Susan says:

    Yeah, I agree that I wouldn’t do this with real roses, but definitely with fake roses. In fact, this could be a fun activity for a little girl’s birthday party. Or for decoration at a little girl’s party. I was all about the glitter when I was younger, but now I like things a little more subdued and sophisticated.

  6. marthaandme says:

    You’re right – this would definitely be perfect for girls. My daughter was very into anything that sparkled!

  7. Sheryl Kraft says:

    Pretty! It may be tacky, as you say, but it looks really nice in the photo. I do think a special occasion centerpiece would be a fun thing to do with glitter.

  8. Do you hate red? Red is my favorite color! But pink roses are gorgeous. And this craft seems like fun.

  9. marthaandme says:

    I don’t hate red, but my decor has a lot of pink and red looks awful with it. I also don’t wear red, since it doesn’t look good one me.

  10. Wow, how cute! I think this would be perfect for corsages, or maybe a springtime crown of flowers for a little girl. 🙂

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