A sock rose bouquet is a pretty way to offer a practical gift, sometimes offered to newborn babies. Although baby socks make the best rosebuds, thin adult socks are also good for making roses. These fun gifts are great as centrepieces at parties, quirky corsages or simply as fun gifts for friends. Once you get the hang of forming your sock roses, you will be able to make them quickly and easily.
Lay your sock out and begin rolling it tightly from the toe to 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) below the heel. Pinch the bottom of the rolled part of the sock and bring the ankle portion of the sock up so that it bunches around the bottom. Arrange the rolled portion and the bunched portion by pulling gently on the edges until they look like petals.
Bend the end of a piece of floral wire at the very end to create a small loop so that the wire doesn't poke into the sock fabric. Place the wire in the back of the rose, near the bottom and pinch some sock material around it.
Wrap a 12.5 cm (5 inch) piece of floral tape around the pinched sock so that it stays wrapped around the floral wire. Continue to wrap around the bottom of the sock until it blends into the wire. Wrap another 12.5 cm (5 inch) piece of floral tape around any lower spot on the wire, then add on a leaf and wrap the tape around to hold it in place. Do the same with any additional leaves you may want to add.
To make a bouquet of a dozen roses, continue making roses using the same process. Wrap them together using brown packing paper, wrapping paper, or muslin tied at the base with a ribbon.
Thin socks work best for this project.
Tips and warnings
- Thin socks work best for this project.