Flowers are a festive addition to any home. Keeping fresh cut flowers in your home, however, can be an unending task. Instead, consider using silk blooms that will last much longer. You can make them look so real that nobody will know the difference. Follow these tips to creating your own from fabric:
Silk cotton fabric
Craft paints in desired petal colors
Thin floral wire
Now that you have the materials, let's get started:
- Create a petal stencil. You may want to experiment with a pencil and paper beforehand to decide the best shape for the petals. Also consider purchasing a stencil from your craft store. If you are looking to create a specific type of flower, consider pulling a few petals off of a live version and then tracing those petals to create your stencil.
- Trace stencil shapes onto fabric. Using the fabric pen, trace the shape of your petals.
- Cut out the petals. The number of petals you need depends upon how many flowers you are creating and the fullness of each bloom. The fuller the flower, the more petals you will need. Try to mimic the amount of petals the real flower has. You want yours to look as real as possible.
- Add color and texture to the petals. Before putting your flowers together, decide what color you want them to be. Most creators prefer to start with a white silk cotton fabric and then add color later. To do this, start at the outer edge of the petal and then sweep your paintbrush in toward the center, getting paler as you go. Tapering the color adds depth so that the petals look more realistic. Now is the time to paint in any stems or highlighting tones as well. Let the paint dry between color applications.
- Let color dry fully.
- Assemble the pieces. Gather the petals, starting from the center section. Hold 2 or 3 petals in your hand and shape them to your desired look. Once you have the flower’s center, add petals one at a time working around the outside. Overlap petals as desired but try to avoid being too uniform in your overlaps and positioning. In nature, flowers are different and the placing of petals that are unevenly spaced will make yours look more natural.
- Secure the base of the petals to a stem. Using thin floral wire, create the desired stem length. Thread the stem through the base of the petals while holding them into their shape.
- Glue the petals and stem for added security. Use a little clear glue around where the stem and petals are attached. This adds firmness to the base and helps keep the petals attached to the stem.
- Wrap stem wires with green floral tape. To complete and finish off the look of the flowers, wrap the stems with tape and gather any collection of flowers into bunches if needed for your desired decoration.
You can now put together your artificial flower arrangements! If you are feeling very creative, add greenery or berries to your bouquets. Once you have created a variety of artificial blooms, you are ready to decorate. Use them to highlight your entryways or to decorate a centerpiece for your dining room table. No matter how you choose to display your flowers, be sure to keep them clean from dust and they will last a long time.
- For a morning dew look on your flowers, drip some clear glue drops onto the occasional petal.
- For a stiffer flower, consider using a spray starch or light spray glue. Either should help create firmness for your petals.