Cabbage Rose Centerpiece & Favors

By  Charlene Kochensparger 

size: vase: 9"; favors: 3"

  • Cabbage Rose Centerpiece & Favors


  • White coffee filters (10-12 for each large rose, 2 for each favor)
  • Seam binding ribbon: lavender, yellow
  • Glass vase with wide opening
  • Glass pebbles
  • Wrapped candies


  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Food coloring: purple, yellow
  • Tombow Dual Brush Markers: Purple, Yellow
  • Adhesives: Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue; doubled sided tape

Basic Supplies

  • shallow container, wax paper
  • 1. Add 1/2" of water in shallow container and a few drops of food coloring or ink. Take a large stack of coffee filters and dip top of entire stack into colored water. Set stack aside on dyed edges on wax paper to dry. Let dry for 24 hours. Do not take filters apart until completely dry. If colors aren't dark enough when dried, use markers to color edges, moisten and let dry again.
  • 2. For favors, take one dyed coffee filter and fit it inside another filter. Add wrapped candies to center, gather filter, and tie with ribbon. Fluff and pull filters apart to resemble a rose.
  • 3. For vase flower, take 10 or 12 dried filters apart. Repeat Step 2 without the candy or ribbon. Add another filter around it and gather as if to tie shut. Keep adding more coffee filter layers on top of the last. Hold top together loosely as you add more layers. Set flower on table when you've reached 10-12 filters.
  • 4. Shape filters to resemble a large open cabbage rose. Press down lightly on flower and keep shaping stack. Add more filters if necessary. Once rose is shaped, apply adhesive to base of each filter to adhere rose together.
  • 5. Fill vase with glass pebbles. Tie ribbon around vase neck and add rose to vase. Rose should sit nicely on top of vase; adhere with double sided tape if needed.
  • Tip
  • 1. Don't dye filters separately; dye and dry them in a stack so the edges stay ruffled.