Fabric flowers are everywhere these days, and for good reason! They're so simple to make, and you almost can't go wrong if you've got a few simple tricks up your sleeve. And on top of that, if you use felt, (even inexpensive acrylic craft felt like I've used here), it's so easy to cut and holds it shape well, which makes you look good too! I'm not saying this is quick, yes it will take a few good hours, but it's time well spent, and if you make two or more at a time, it's time really well spent!
- a 6" diameter styrofoam ball, or even 1/2 a styrofoam ball depending on your container.
- four types of felt flowers, in four complimentary colors, instructions below
- hot glue gun
- a suitable pot whose mouth is just slightly smaller than the diameter of your ball
Either make flowers as you go, or better yet start out by making at least 6 or 7 of each type. Starting at the top of the ball, attach largest flowers first, staggering them around the ball. Fill in with other flower types and try to maintain an even height all around such that the bouquet follows the shape of the ball. You can always trim flowers that stick out too much after they are in place. Attach foam ball to pot with hot glue, or insert a dowel into the bottom of the ball, and affix that to another piece of styrofoam that you've wedged into the pot. (This way you'll be able to use the pot for something else in the future without having to worry about removing the hot glue, and you can easily transfer your arrangement to another pot if the desire arises.)
I used four flower types for this bouquet, (and a fifth that wasn't go great, so I won't bother with that one!)
Here's a simple tutorial on how to make them:
1. The Pink Cherry Blossom
Cut strips that look like the photo above left. As you can see they needn't be exact or perfect! Roll and adhere with dots of hot glue as you go. Shape flower by pulling down on outer petals. That's it! You can make tiny blossums or big ones, depending on what works for the scale of your project.
2. Orange Generic Flower (anyone got a better name?)
Start by cutting three flowers, two smaller and one larger. The larger flower should have more petals than the smaller ones. Put a small dot of hot glue in the center of one of the smaller flowers, fold it in half, and affix to the center of the second smaller flower. Take these two flowers and affix to the center of the third flower, pinching the blooms at the bottom if desired before affixing. That's it! This flower looks great tucked between the others, such that it's petals stand up a bit.
3. The Rose Bud
I think many of you already know how to make this oh so popular flower, but if not, so see my post from last year here on how to make a rose bud bouquet. Also a nice project!
4. The Loopy Rose
I came up with this one, since due to time constraints I really needed some bigger flowers that would fill the space nicely. I think the results are worth the extra step, take my advice! You can make bigger sloppier versions of the rose bud, which I just did today for another project, but the results aren't nearly as nice.
Sorry I don't have a photo for this yet but this is what you'll need:
- 1 Completed rose bud (see number 3.) made from a 3" to 4" circle
- 1 not assembled rose bud made from a 6" circle, and with a spiral cut just a bit thicker than the rose bud. After you've cut the spiral, go back and cut the outside edges in a wave like pattern. and you won't need the little circle in the center, so cut that off.
- 1 felt circle (the base of the flower) about 3-4" in diameter
After you have the above, affix the rose bud to the center of the felt circle base with hot glue. Attach the larger spiral to the circular base, working in a spiral fashion, and starting at the edge of the bud center. You can even apply dots of hot glue in a spiral pattern and simply lay the felt edge into the glue. Watch out for glue gun burns! If your base turns out to be wider than your flower, so you can trim it, and if the outer petals need some help, so go ahead and give them some shape. It's that simple!
I hope you'll give this project a try, and I'd love to see your results!