Hello, scrappers! It is Jennifer McGuire here. I’m excited to be this week’s guest blogger and show you how to make unique handmade flowers.
Megan asked me to do this post after I created a bunch of flowers for her “Color by Theme” article in the May 2009 issue of CK (flowers shown above). I had so much fun making flower props and coming up with all the colors and products to use. And now I’m excited to share step-by-step photos for two of my favorite blooms here.
First up, I have this beaded flower. It looks like it is tough to make, but it is really quite simple.
Step 1: Cut a 2′ piece of bead wire (available in most craft stores) and grab some beads. Your beads don’t need to be fancy-I just used some inexpensive ones that I had from a previous beading project.
Step 2: Thread one bead on the wire and tie a knot around it to hold it in place at the end. Continue adding beads until you’ve covered about 1 ½’ of wire. Note: Don’t tie off the other end – just leave the beads loose on the wire. Loop a portion of the beaded wire to create your first petal, wrapping the wire around the initial knotted bead to secure it in place. Repeat until you have five petals.
Step 3: After forming five loops, remove any extra beads and wrap the extra wire around the center several times to secure the flower.
Step 4: Add a button to the center with glue dots to hold the flower in place and conceal the wire. Easy!
Next up is a folded flower. This makes a great accent on gifts. I love to create these!
Step 1: Cut a strip of patterned paper to 1″ wide x 12″ long. Create ½” accordion folds along the entire strip.
Step 2: Adhere the ends of the folded strip together, forming a ring. Punch (or cut) a 1 ½” circle from white cardstock and cover it with adhesive.
Step 3: Press the top edge of the folded circle down and in. This will flatten the circle into a flower shape. Secure the flower by attaching the bottom side to the adhesive-covered circle.
Step 4: Attach an accent to the front center of the flower. (I used a felt button and a little ribbon.)
Supplies: Making Memories Wire, Hobby Lobby Beads, Buttons Galore button, Bella Blvd paper, Hero Arts felt button, Creative Impressions ribbon.
I hope these flower ideas get you excited for summer and inspired to create! If you are interested in more scrapbooking techniques and videos, stop by my blog at jennifermcguireink.com.
Jennifer McGuire, CK Contributing Writer
WIN A FLOWER GRAB BAG
Are you in love with Jennifer’s flower ideas? Well, you’re in luck. We’re giving away flower grab bags. We’ve divided up the flowers she made for our May 2009 issue into five bags, each containing one flower from each color family (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white). Each bloomin’ bundle will soon call a new place home. Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment for Jennifer stating your favorite flower technique sometime between now and Sunday, April 26. From the comments received, five winners will randomely be selected and announced in our ”Weekly Warm-up” post on Monday, April 27. Good luck!