A white dinner plate and black napkin, beneath a single red rose made from Evolon Soft. There is also a heart shaped note next to the rose which reads 'Loved you then, love you still, always have, always will. xx'

Romantic note next to a single red rose.

Two white candles on a dark slate tile, surrounded by red roses and scattered green leaves made from Evolon Soft.

Red roses made with Evolon Soft which has been coloured using transfer paint

 Why not add a little Extra Romance to your Valentine’s Day by making these lovely Evolon roses

Evolon is ideal for crafting as it colours well, does not tear or fray and holds its shape beautifully. Our photographs show how the roses can be used, from a single symbolic stem, to a stunning centre piece or to decorate a card.

How to Make the Petals

Simply colour some Evolon (or Evolon Soft) with red transfer paint and then cut out a series of ‘balloon’ shapes to make the petals (i.e. a softly curved top edge, narrowing to a point at the base). We used 5 or 7 petals in gradually decreasing sizes to make one rose.

Start by rolling the smallest petal into a tight curl and sew through the base to hold it in position, then add the next largest petal, pinching it at the bottom to form a natural looking fold and sewing it to the previous petal and so on, until the largest petal is secured to the flower. Once the roses are complete the petals can be arranged, tweaked and folded back to make them appear even more realistic.

You can of course, add sepals and leaves to each rose by colouring some Evolon with green transfer paint.

These roses will last a lot longer than the fresh variety!

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A trio of red rose buds and green leaves made from Evolon Soft attached to a ring of green garden wire.

Rose buds linked together with green garden wire to form a pretty table decoration.

A square red corrugated Valentine's card with a single red rose on a wire which appears to be growing out of a square aperture in the centre of the card.

The variations of colour intensity on this rose, gives it a natural and interesting appearance.