How to make a Sock Rose for a flower posy!
Firstly, purchase a pair of plain baby socks.
(This is not as easy as it sounds! So many socks have commercial images or logos on them.
If you are looking for pink, white, purple or yellow socks, you’ll have better luck. If you need pale blue or green, allow yourself more time!)
Take one of the socks from the pair. Starting at the toe, begin rolling the sock into a cone shape.
The sock willingly lends itself to a ‘rose’ form.
Roll the sock to the end.
Then, lay this first ‘bud’ at the toe of the second sock.
Roll the outer sock towards the ankle. It will begin to resemble a rose bud.
Holding the completed ‘bud’ firmly, insert a piece of florist wire (about 12cm long) into the base of the ‘bud’.
Then, use florist tape and begin to wrap it around and around the base of the sock bud and also around the wire. The tape sticks to itself. Be sure to pull it fairly firm. It can take a lot of pull before it breaks. The firmer the bud is wrapped, the more ‘rose like’ the bud remains.
By the way, Florist tape can be purchased from any flower supplier or good craft store)
This is a completed bud base.
And this is the top of the Rose bud.
Another completed rose for you!
Here is the completed flower posy.
Flowers can also be made up from singlets (fold inwards into thirds before rolling), bonnets, and mittens.
The larger flowers (below) are singlets. (Vests)
The three paper roses below surround a baby fork, knife and spoon. These were also displayed within the finished posy.
Gift your posy in a small vase, jar or cardboard box. Use tissue paper in contrasting or matching colours.
Add curly ribbon, and real folliage such as ferns or bunches of seedpods, for decoration.