The Crafty Mom: Roses in January

By Mary Lyon

Who says you can't have roses even in the thick of winter? With this technique you can make cards and decorations that bloom all season.

What You Need

  • 2 or 3 full stalks of celery
  • Sharp knife
  • 2 or 3 colored ink pads
  • 1 or 2 brown paper grocery bags
  • Colored construction paper
  • Sturdy work or cutting surface
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel
  • Colored markers

What You Do

1. Prepare construction paper sheets in the colors and sizes you like. Measure with the ruler and pencil, cutting along the ruled pencil line, into rectangular or square cards, or shapes.

2. Now, for the roses. On a clean, safe cutting surface, cut the "butts" off the celery stalks so the severed ends are about 2 inches long. Don't try to separate the individual sections. Dry the cut ends with the paper towel.

3. Press the flat, cut side of the "butt" of the celery into the ink pad. Move it around on the pad so the cut surface of the celery is well covered. Practice stamping on a flattened brown paper grocery bag, and then move on to your construction paper cards. (You can use another grocery bag as a work surface, to protect your tabletop.) Repeat this step as many times as you want, in as many colors as you have ink pads. Use the colored markers, if desired, to draw in stems or special sayings.

The Crafty Mom, Mary Lyon, is the author and illustrator of The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood and former host of DIY Crafts TV show. For previous Crafty Mom projects, check out the  Crafty Mom Archives.