I am going to show you how to make a simple rose choker, inspired by the Gucci Autumn 2016 campaign. This is a really easy and fairly inexpensive project. You can buy a single rose stem from your local florist or pick one from your garden. Or the next time you're lucky enough to be sent some roses, why not use one to make this project?
What you'll need:
A freshly opened rose
Some ribbon (the ribbon pictured is double satin, 110cm long and 3.8cm wide)
A tube of Oasis floral adhesive
A round metal brooch pin from a jewellery making shop, approximately 25mm diameter
Clear nail polish
Choose your rose.
Choose some ribbon to go with your rose and cut to the desired length, sealing the very ends with a tiny amount of clear nail polish to prevent fraying.
Cut the rose stem as close to the head as possible. Apply a thin layer of Oasis adhesive to the surface of the brooch pin and also to the back of the rose head. After a minute or so, once the glue is tacky on both surfaces, carefully press them together. Make sure you do this by gently holding the rose, to avoid bruising the petals by pressing it against a hard surface.
Tie the ribbon around your neck in a bow and carefully pin the rose brooch into the centre of the knot.
It is best to leave your rose in water for as long as possible and cut the stem at the last minute for optimum freshness, but if necessary you can store it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
Use a freshly opened rose as a tight bud won't work and a rose that has been open for a while may droop or drop petals. Some roses are quick to bloom while others open slowly, so if in doubt, ask your florist to advise you on the best time to buy your rose .
This is a really versatile project because you can also wear it as a wrist corsage or use a longer length of ribbon and tie it around your waist.
The fresh rose brooch can also be pinned straight onto your clothing or a headband or hat if you'd prefer not to use the ribbon.