I saw this idea for making a rustic wire and fabric flower sculpture with a wine cork base on our travels just a few weeks ago, and I just had to share it with you! The idea of stitching fabric scraps onto a wire shape can be used in so many ways, to make flat ornaments for a wall hanging or mobile or to get a bit adventurous and go for something with dimension. I love the looseness of the results, and a flower sculpture like this one is not only a perfect summer craft, but also would be great moving into fall.
As far as taking this idea as a project for kids, I think it would be a fabulous way to introduce the idea of abstract sculpture. Give kids some easily bendable wire, and at least four wine corks, and have them make a three dimensional wire doodle.......sounds great to me! To add color glue or sew little scraps of fabric or colored paper to some of the resulting shapes.
Sorry, lest I digress, back to the specifics of this sweet little flower.......
- wire, something that is bendable with plyers or by hand, this looks like gardening wire of some kinds
- a wine cork
- fabric scraps
- embroidery thread and a needle
- a base of some kind for the cork, no idea what the little metal thing is, so be inventive yourself
- First make flower shape from wire, then make stem, and use end of stem to wrap around middle of flower.
- Trace around petals to get shapes from fabric and stitch them sparingly to the wire. Use a color that stands out!
- Insert stem into cork, and find a base for the cork. I like the small profile of this one, but one could certainly hot glue the cork to a metal lid, or forget about the cork and make a bouquet that sits in a tin can.
- Happy crafting!
And now, due to the wonders of photography, you can see what this craft would look like using non-coated wire.......really strange that the other photos show so clearly green wire and this photo looks like rusted wire! I guess it was just meant to be to help you get those creative gears turning, are they?