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DIY Baby Sock Roses - A Gift of Flowers for a Mom-to-Be

Updated on June 28, 2014

A Dozen "Roses" for a New Mom at her Baby Shower

Nearly everyone loves getting a dozen roses, even if they are made of tissue paper, decorative cellophane, and baby socks. I once received a similar vase of "roses" for a bridal shower. I adapted the design and have been making them ever since for baby showers, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and other celebrations. They make a fun gift and decoration for any party.

On this page, I will share a photo tutorial for how to create these cute decorative gifts as well as a few other ideas for what to put in them for other kinds of events.

All photos on this page are my own.

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DIY Baby Sock Roses Photo Tutorial - Photos and written instructions below.

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Gather your supplies: decorative cellophane, tissue paper (6 sheets), wire flower stems, floral tape, leaves (optional), and 12 pairs of baby socks.Cut a 15"x15" square each of cellophane and tissue paper. Then, cut diagonally creating 2 triangles. Edges can be imperfect since they'll be covered.Start with the cellophane on the bottom and tissue paper on top. Turn the triangle so the long edge is on top, point at the bottom.Fold the top 2 inches of the top edge down.Take one pair of socks and roll it tightly.Tuck the rolled sock under the flap of tissue paper and cellophane.Wrap the corner over the sock, making sure to hold the rest of the tissue and cellophane in place as you do so.Tucking the first corner inside, begin rolling the rose at a slight angle so layers appear. Do not roll too tightly.Roll until you have 2-3 inches left. Pull remaining corner down a bit further, which will allow you to wrap the end into the stem with floral tape.Take a wire stem, and insert it into the tube you've created. Keep going until the end of the stem touches the sock inside.With the stem inside, now twist the tail end of the tissue paper and cellophane at the bottom of the rose to begin to transition to the stem.Begin wrapping floral tape around the stem, keeping it tight. Make sure to stretch the tape slightly and overlap the edges to make sure it sticks.Continue wrapping floral tape until all the tissue paper and cellophane are covered. As their bulk decreases, the stem will get narrower and narrower.Repeat for a dozen roses for mom and baby. Place in a vase (the stem ends may need to be trimmed) and enjoy!
Gather your supplies: decorative cellophane, tissue paper (6 sheets), wire flower stems, floral tape, leaves (optional), and 12 pairs of baby socks.
Gather your supplies: decorative cellophane, tissue paper (6 sheets), wire flower stems, floral tape, leaves (optional), and 12 pairs of baby socks.
Cut a 15"x15" square each of cellophane and tissue paper. Then, cut diagonally creating 2 triangles. Edges can be imperfect since they'll be covered.
Cut a 15"x15" square each of cellophane and tissue paper. Then, cut diagonally creating 2 triangles. Edges can be imperfect since they'll be covered.
Start with the cellophane on the bottom and tissue paper on top. Turn the triangle so the long edge is on top, point at the bottom.
Start with the cellophane on the bottom and tissue paper on top. Turn the triangle so the long edge is on top, point at the bottom.
Fold the top 2 inches of the top edge down.
Fold the top 2 inches of the top edge down.
Take one pair of socks and roll it tightly.
Take one pair of socks and roll it tightly.
Tuck the rolled sock under the flap of tissue paper and cellophane.
Tuck the rolled sock under the flap of tissue paper and cellophane.
Wrap the corner over the sock, making sure to hold the rest of the tissue and cellophane in place as you do so.
Wrap the corner over the sock, making sure to hold the rest of the tissue and cellophane in place as you do so.
Tucking the first corner inside, begin rolling the rose at a slight angle so layers appear. Do not roll too tightly.
Tucking the first corner inside, begin rolling the rose at a slight angle so layers appear. Do not roll too tightly.
Roll until you have 2-3 inches left. Pull remaining corner down a bit further, which will allow you to wrap the end into the stem with floral tape.
Roll until you have 2-3 inches left. Pull remaining corner down a bit further, which will allow you to wrap the end into the stem with floral tape.
Take a wire stem, and insert it into the tube you've created. Keep going until the end of the stem touches the sock inside.
Take a wire stem, and insert it into the tube you've created. Keep going until the end of the stem touches the sock inside.
With the stem inside, now twist the tail end of the tissue paper and cellophane at the bottom of the rose to begin to transition to the stem.
With the stem inside, now twist the tail end of the tissue paper and cellophane at the bottom of the rose to begin to transition to the stem.
Begin wrapping floral tape around the stem, keeping it tight. Make sure to stretch the tape slightly and overlap the edges to make sure it sticks.
Begin wrapping floral tape around the stem, keeping it tight. Make sure to stretch the tape slightly and overlap the edges to make sure it sticks.
Continue wrapping floral tape until all the tissue paper and cellophane are covered. As their bulk decreases, the stem will get narrower and narrower.
Continue wrapping floral tape until all the tissue paper and cellophane are covered. As their bulk decreases, the stem will get narrower and narrower.
Repeat for a dozen roses for mom and baby. Place in a vase (the stem ends may need to be trimmed) and enjoy!
Repeat for a dozen roses for mom and baby. Place in a vase (the stem ends may need to be trimmed) and enjoy!

Project Shopping List

Gerber Baby Unisex 6 Pack Variety Socks , Farm Animals, 0-3 Months
Gerber Baby Unisex 6 Pack Variety Socks , Farm Animals, 0-3 Months

Infant socks are ridiculously sweet and fit into these roses perfectly. I chose unisex socks for this project because my friend (the mom-to-be) wasn't finding out the gender, but you can click here to find boys and girls socks as well.

 
Cindus Cellophane Wrap, 30-Inch Wide, 5-Feet Roll, Clear
Cindus Cellophane Wrap, 30-Inch Wide, 5-Feet Roll, Clear

I have made roses with clear cellophane (with the colored tissue paper inside) and also with colored cellophane (no tissue paper). The clear cellophane gives you lots of options.

 
Bulk Light Yellow Pastel Tissue Paper 15 Inch x 20 Inch - 50 Sheets
Bulk Light Yellow Pastel Tissue Paper 15 Inch x 20 Inch - 50 Sheets

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Bare Stem Wire 18 Gauge 18" 20/Pkg-Silver
Bare Stem Wire 18 Gauge 18" 20/Pkg-Silver

I use simple 18 gauge wire. I like the weight of it to work with and the floral tape gives it the extra sturdiness it needs to hold up these sock roses.

 
DECORA 1/2" Wide Dark Green Floral Tapes for Bouquet Stem Wrap Florist
DECORA 1/2" Wide Dark Green Floral Tapes for Bouquet Stem Wrap Florist

Simple dark green floral tape is perfect for this project. You'll use less than one roll for a dozen roses with plenty leftover to get you started on your next dozen.

 

DIY Baby Sock Roses at the Shower - These make a great conversation starter too!

Other Ways to Use DIY Roses

These DIY Roses can be used in a million different ways, based on the occasion and your imagination. Here are a few ways I've used this craft:

  • Candy Kisses - Put two Kisses back to back inside the roses for Valentine's Day or other love occasions.
  • Condoms - Wrap condoms inside roses for fun(ny) bridal showers or bachelorette party gifts and decorations.
  • Small party favors - Roses make a fun way to "wrap" party favors and trinkets for all kinds of occasions.
  • Tea bags - For a Tea Party, roses make for a randomizes selection of beautiful tea.
  • Cash, personalized coupons (for back rubs or whatever), special date nights - Paper gifts can be folded up tight inside a rose. Each person chooses a rose and unwraps it to find out what they got for a fun surprise.

What is the coolest handmade gift you have seen at a baby shower?

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      Heather Gomez 3 years ago from Monterey, CA

      I love this idea. I may use this and the next upcoming Baby Shower I'm helping to plan. Thank you!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm especially fond of handmade, hand-stitched quilts for the babies. Cute idea to gift socks this way! Congratulations on your HQ DIY feature today.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm especially fond of handmade, hand-stitched quilts for the babies. Cute idea to gift socks this way! Congratulations on your HQ DIY feature today.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love your handmade roses for the mom-to-be!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      That is a cute idea for new moms. I like when a practical gift is formed into a craft project at the same time. Sweet and caring.