I knew they would be perfect for my D-I-Y Vase project, so I decided to learn how to make them. I followed the tutorial on The Bug Bytes blog, so you can check it out there - but I also took some pictures as I was making mine, so I'm going to post those here, along with my "how-to". Her project makes larger flowers - I scaled mine down, so the instructions are a little different. I'm sure I won't explain it as well as Pam, and the basic instructions are the same, so if you are confused, just pop over there to read her instructions.
What I used:
- scrap cardboard (like a cereal box)
- 1" punch
- dab of hot glue (any adhesive will work)
- quilting pins (you can use any longer pin or thin nail)
- large-eye craft needle
First, cut two circles from the cardboard (I used a 1" punch). Then use the ruler and pen to draw four intersecting lines dividing one of the circles into 8 equal sections. Just like slicing a pizza. (Mmmm, pizza!)
Next, glue the two circles together, making sure the lines are on the outside. Then insert eight pins between the pieces of cardboard and into the glue - using the lines as insertion points. This is the form for making the flower!
Next, take the twine and hold the end with your thumb as you wind it across the "face" of the circle, behind a pin, and back across the circle to the pin directly across from the first pin - then behind that pin and across the circle to the pin on the left of the first pin, etc. Work in order - 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and so on.
Once you go around the circle completely, repeat it, making a total of two loops on each pin.
When you get to the last loop, hold the twine in place with your thumb so the loops won't come undone, measure out an extra 12" and cut the twine. Then thread it onto the needle and "stitch" each set of loops.
This is the hardest part to explain, but if you've ever sewn by hand, you'll "see" what to do right away. Since you ended at pin #8, you're going to push the needle over and then under the four pieces of twine on pin #8. Then you're going to move to pin #6, push the needle under the four pieces of twine, then over them, then back under - so what you've done is encircle the four pieces of twine with the stitch. Repeat this for all 8 pins, and once you've stitched the last loop, you can secure the twine by making a couple of knot stitches in the center of the flower. Don't worry - that's the back, so it won't show. Trim off the excess twine.
Remove the pins, turn over, and check out your flower!
How cute is that??
I love it!!! I can see so many uses for this: attach to gifts or to gift tags, glue to posterboard or canvas to make wall art, add to pillows, attach to stem wire to make a complete flower you can put in a vase, make out of t-shirt fabric & add to a t-shirt...the list is endless! And you could do this with so many different things - yarn, t-shirt fabric, twisted craft paper, wire. It would be a great project for kids, too. You could even do more or less loops to make it thinner or fuller.
I can't wait to show you how I used this with my D-I-Y Vase project?! Check for it soon!