I’m in love with these flowers!!
I want to use them for centerpieces, but real ones are out of my budget (plus I couldn’t get myself to spend that much on them, lol But I need to look into getting some to plant at my house:)))
So I decided to try and make some (Have you seen the prices for fabric flowers… it’s insane) this is what I came up with.
(Before putting leaves on and wrapping the stems with florist tape) I’m loving how they look.
- lining fabric (I got it for $3.32yrd at Hancock Fabric)
- Florist wire and giant bead, or clay molded onto wire, I’m all about using what I already have. you just need something to start a bud on.
- scissors, of course
- candle, you could just use a lighter but a candle is safer and easier.
- Glue gun and glue sticks
First I make my stem. I take a piece of floral tape a little over twice the leanght I want my stem to be. Then I put my bead on the middle and twist the wire together. (on this one I put two smaller beads on then glued two more on the sides to make it the size i wanted)
After I make all my stems I cut out my leaves.
first, your gonna want to cut your fabric into strips. I like to snip a piece the width I want to use (about 4 1/2 – 5″ wide)
then I hold on to each side and give it a good tug.
I cut my strip in half (easier to work with)
then I accordion fold it.
then cut out half a petal, I just cut a wavy ‘shape’ you really cant go wrong here, when you burn the edges it all comes together.
(unfolded, see not really a shape and I do them all different)
Your going to need 3 sizes: small medium and large
now for this next part PLEASE be careful.
Place your candle on a hard working area and slowly put a petal to the flame (about 1″ away) You want the edge to just start to curl you want to watch it closely and turn it as you go until the entire edge is curled.
If you get it to close to the flame it will turn black and burn.
now, unless you used a beautiful bead you don’t mind showing, you need to take a scrap (from the petal strip) and glue it around the bead to make a bud, don’t worry if it comes out scraggly looking the petals will curl around it and hide it.
First the small ones, I use 3-4
put a bit of glue at the base of the bud, take your petal and kinda pinch it onto the bud/glue
(see how it curls in:))
keep gluing until you have a beautiful bud
(see how it’s pinched on)
next add medium petals, I use about 7 or 8
then and large petals, about 3-4
I don’t pinch them on, just overlap and add until it looks nice and full:)
You can make these as big or small as you like, just experiment with different petal size.
I plan on adding leaves and florist tape to the stems to really give them a finished look.
If you try this I’d love to see what you do with them:)
It was so easy adding leaves and wrapping the stems. Check out my quick tutorial 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog:)