Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Crafty Spring Bouquet

Today I want to tell you how I made these pretty little felt and burlap flowers. 

I'm not always the best flower maker. I've tried some different flower tutorials and had varying success. Sometimes I see diy flowers and they are so, so pretty so I try my hand at them and they end up not resembling a flower at all! 

The best luck I've had with flowers until now were the flowers I made for our Live Simply Shutter project, which you can find here.
First, let me tell you a little about the vases I made for this project. These are actually plastic pieces that come in the ends of our vinyl tubes at work. We throw them out all the time. Awhile ago, I brought some home, because I just knew there must be someway to repurpose them. It just took me awhile to figure out how! 

For this project, I simple painted them with chalk paint. One is Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange and the other is Ce Ce Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise. Then I just added a piece of scrap burlap and an old button to each with some gorilla glue and clamps. 

Next thing to do was make the flowers.
It was very easy, believe me. I cut some burlap and some felt in the shapes of daisy petals. Just free-handed it because they don't need to be perfect by any means. The only thing you need to be aware of, is leaving enough burlap left in the middle of the flower so that it won't end up falling apart. Since it's burlap, it will fringe off and if you don't have enough fabric intact in the middle, you might loose a petal or two! 

After everything was cut out, I picked out my buttons and then simply took some lower gauge wire that I had on hand, cut it long enough for a stem and poked it up through the burlap, felt and button hole. I then bent it, poked it back down through the 2nd button hole and through the material until it was far enough so that I could twist the 2 wires together underneath the flower. Before you twist, just give each side a little tug so the wire is tight against the button on the top of the flower. 

The best thing about adding the button, is that it hides any flaws you might have in the shape of your flower. All you can see are the petals, so if you cut a strange shaped flower that looks all wrong to you, don't throw it away. Chances are, it will look perfect when everything is together!
And then you're done! I put a little spanish moss into my upcycled vases and added my flowers. 

I love them! They are one of my favorite things to look at in the house right now :)

Later this week I will share a tutorial with you on how to make the wire flowers I used for decoration on our repurposed mail holder shutter. Those are super easy too!

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