button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}.

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I saw this project in the April 2008 issue of FamilyFun magazine {yep, I still have the tear out in a binder}. I didn’t changed much from the original how-to, other than using silver wire instead of florists’ green.  These are super easy and a great craft to do with kids.

Here is what you’ll need:

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:: buttons in various sizes {I went monochromatic, but you can be as crazy as you want}

:: 26 gauge wire {or whatever you have that is easily bendable}

:: scissors or wire cutters

STEP ONE: select your buttons

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Choose three buttons in varying sizes and stack them up

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STEP TWO: cut wire to desired length {mine are approximately 6 inches}

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STEP THREE: thread wire through holes in buttons

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STEP FOUR: loop the wire up through the hole and down the opposite button hole

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{oh good heavens, don’t judge my hands}

Thread the wire back through the bottom button

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STEP FIVE: twist the wire to secure

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Aren’t they so sweet?

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I used a silver egg cup, added play dough to the inside {you could use florists foam if you have it, but I didn’t and play dough seemed to do the trick!} then covered with a bit of moss.  Poke the wire stems in and you have a playful little flower arrangement.

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These are the same button flowers that are in Audrey’s room, except in white and tied up with twine.

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I did a search on google images for ‘button flowers’ and look what else I found:

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How beautiful, unexpected and cheap{!} for bridal bouquets. Wish I thought of that for my wedding! You could even have each of the bridesmaids make their own at a button-flower making party. I like that idea.

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This is the photo from that magazine article where I first saw these flowers. They look awfully cute sticking out of a plant.

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And I love these ones that have black wire stems that twist all the way down. Very whimsical.

So many variations you can do with sizes and colors of buttons. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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gathered flower {tutorial}

A few months ago my sister found a really cute burlap table runner with three fabric flowers on each end. She loved it, but didn’t really love the crazy-expensive price tag. So she asked me to re-create the flowers to attach to her handmade burlap table runner and this is what I came up with.

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Here is what you’ll need:

materials

:: fabric {linen, canvas, wool, felt – something slightly sturdy}

:: template {download here or at the bottom of post}

:: scissors, needle, thread

:: something pretty for the center {rhinestone, old brooch, a button}

STEP ONE: print template and cut out petals

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There are two templates available for download: small and large. I used the small for this example and the large for the pillows. You can certainly adjust the size and shape to your liking and disregard the template altogether if you prefer.

STEP TWO: cut petals

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I fold the fabric so that I only have to cut once.

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You’ll need FOUR large petals and THREE small

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STEP THREE: gather the center of each petal

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Make a running stich through the center, then pull the thread taught, wrap it around the center a few times and make another stitch through the center. Knot it off and cut the thread.

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You’ll have this:

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all the petals

STEP FOUR: stack the petals

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Start with the large,

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then layer on the small.

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STEP FIVE: stitch the petals together

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Just stitch back and forth through the center several times to secure the layers.

STEP SIX: embellish the center

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a little dab of hot glue does the trick.

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This size is just right to attach to a headband

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And do you remember this cute flower pillow? It is part of this month’s giveaway {have you entered for a chance to win? You can do it here}. I made it out of felt then stitched directly onto the pillow.

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If you would like to make a few of your own, please feel free to download my templates:

small-gathered-flower-template large-gathered-flower-template

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Note: to make a fuller flower keep the center a bit wider than on the template.

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I hope you are enjoying flower week! Come back tomorrow for another great flower project.

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rolled paper flowers {tutorial}

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Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites.

Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers:

1. I find inspiration for projects all over the place {online, in shops, in magazines}, then figure out how to re-create them on my own. Each of these projects are my adaptation of something I’ve seen elsewhere.  In other words, I do not take credit for ‘inventing’ these blossoms.

2. Simple, inexpensive projects are my favorite. Each of the flowers this week use just a few low-cost materials and can be created by even the beginning crafter.  I hope you give them a try!

3. My fingernails are a mess. I should probably take calcium supplements or at least get a manicure. Sorry you have to look at them.

Okay, so let’s begin.

FLOWER WEEK PROJECT ONE:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: paper {either cover or text weight}

:: florist wire

:: scissors, pencil, glue gun

STEP ONE: cut irregular circle

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This circle is approximately 8 inches, but you can do any size you wish.

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STEP TWO: cut spiral

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Start at the outside edge and cut in a spiral fashion to the center.

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I like a sort of bumpy shape so that the petals end up a bit irregular

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If you aren’t so sure about your cutting skills, feel free to draw your spiral before cutting. I did this one with a straight edge, but you could make it bumpy as well.

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To add a little interest to my bouquet, I used a variety of yellow scrapbook papers {my favorite is that yellow dot}

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STEP THREE: roll your blossom

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start at the outside edge and coil tightly

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Continue rolling until you get to the center. You’ll have a tightly coiled rosette.

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STEP FOUR: release coil

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And your flower grows.

STEP FIVE: glue together

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Add a glob of glue to the center and press to adhere the coiled paper

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TO MAKE A LEAF:

cut a leaf shape out of green paper

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Fold in an accordion-style fold

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and adhere with a dab of hot glue.

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TO ADD A WIRE STEM:

Cut a piece of floral wire to desired size {mine are about 6 inches} and bend a small piece at a 90 angle.

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Glue wire to the bottom of the flower.

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Then attach the leaf to cover the wire.

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When grouped together, you have a very sweet bouquet of wilt-less blossoms.

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I also tried these with sheet music.

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And attached to a wreath form covered in linen.

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Aren’t those the cutest paper rosettes? Start rolling …

I’ll see you tomorrow for another flower project.

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