Friday, September 9, 2011

Project: Flowers and GIVEAWAY WINNER

I love flowers, a lot. Maybe it is because my middle name is Rose, not really sure. Maybe it is because I can be a bit of a girlie girl. I often wear flowers in my hair. My friend Sarah commented on it the other day. She mentioned that it was my "thing". I shared with her a little secret, I did not invent the trend of flower wearing. So, I invited her over to make some flower clips of her very own. Now, I did not invent the burnt flower technique, but there are many variations on it. I thought I would share with you how I go about it.

Supplies

  • Satin fabric. You really don't need a lot. I bought 1/2 a yard of several different colors and I can make about one zillion flowers from this.
  • Paper and pencil
  • Something round to trace, I used a small cup
  • Felt square, you won't need much (the vegan in me says to use synthetic felt and not wool felt)
  • Needle and thread to either match or contrast your button and/or fabric
  • Hair clip
  • Candle and something to light it with
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears, not necessary, but helpful
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Buttons
  • Beads, glitter, other ephemera (optional)
Directions
First you will need to trace and cut out a circle onto a piece of paper. The finished flower will be about one to two inches smaller than the circle you trace.

circles

Take your satin fabric and fold it several times, you will want 6-8 circles. Pin your paper circle to the top of the folded fabric.

pinned

After you have cut out your circles you can remove the paper and pin. Hold your stack-o-circles in one hand and cut at an angle into the center to create the petals. Be careful not to cut all the way to the center, you will need an area to sew them together in a bit. I think I cut about 5 petals, but you can experiment and see what you like.

cutting petals

Now it's time to add an element of danger to this. Who needs safe crafting right? Grab your candle and light it. I do this next to the sink in case things get out of hand. Just use common sense and don't set yourself, your home, or anything else ablaze please.

burn

Grab your circles of fabric one at a time and hold each petal to the flame, but not actually touching the fire. The fabric will curl away from the flame and darken. Note that if you have pre-washed the satin it may react a little differently to the fire and burn a bit more easily. You can play around a bit here and see how holding the circle at different angles results in different effects.

petals

Once you are happy with each circle you can stack them back into a pile (once the risk of fire has passed). Blow out your candle and move over to your button stash.

buttons

Choose a button to go with your flower. Sew the button to the pile of circles. Once the button is secured and the flower is stable you are ready to finish this flower up.

through the button

Set your flower aside for a moment (you can take a second to admire your handiwork if you like). Grab your felt and cut a rectangle that is about the same width and length as your hair clip. I used the pinking shears to cut it out. This is also a good time to note that you will want your flower to be slightly larger than the clip, if it is small you can just make two flowers to attach to the clip.

When you have a rectangle of felt cut out you fold it in half lengthwise and snip it twice in the middle, don't cut all the way through, the idea is to make some slits.

snipping the backing

Slide the top of your clip through the slits you just cut.

backing

Now use your hot glue gun to adhere the flower(s) to the felt and the pin. Now you can add beads to the button top, some glitter, a little bee, whatever strikes your fancy.You're done!

finished prod

They make great hair clips, but you are really limited only by your imagination. I can think of many places that I might need flowers (presents, decoration, headbands, necklaces, wristlets, shoes, bags, etc).

little model
Crazy excited about her flower

IMG_0106

Go forth and have a creative weekend. If you make these I'd love to see what you come up with, just send me a link.

done

GIVEAWAY WINNER!
The winner was chosen by way of the random number generator and the winner is...
AKM! Congratulations and please contact me to ensure that I have your mailing address.

Stay tuned I have some big giveaway plans in the not too distant future.

7 comments:

affectioknit said...

Gorgeous! I love those flowers!

AKM said...

Those are really amazing! You're right in that they would look great as any kind of a decoration. Love Cordelia's purple flower!

Yay! I won! Thanks so much. I'll send you my address. :-)

Kate W. said...

Beautiful, Maria!! Are you using the same size circles and just burning each one down a little more to get the different sizes? Or do you cut smaller circles?? I will have to try this this weekend! Love Cordy's new "camera" smile! :)

Widge said...

Hi wow it's been to long since I visited your blog look how much your wee one has grown!!!!!
Those flowers are cool. Love them as hair clips. Thanks for the tutorial, totally gonna give this a try :)

Maria Rose said...

Kate I used 3 different sizes of circles.

Court said...

That is so cool... it was like watching the guy that used to paint clouds on MTV... but... cuter.

Kate said...

Holy SMokes! That's gorgeous and I adore it! Congrats, AKM!

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