Just a little something I came up with the other day and figured I would share the process as I made it.
Materials you will need:
Styrofoam heart (Floracraft)
Rolled Flower Die (My Favorite Things)
Paper Piercing tool
Glue (I used Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives)
Pearl strands (in wedding aisle of craft stores)
Felt - (The felt I used on this project is (pink) Michael's- Creatology and (white) from Papertrey. I can also recommend the felt from My Favorite Things. They all cut very nicely with this die.)
Seam binding or ribbon (I used Seam binding)
Scissors (Tim Holtz)
Other Items to Embellish heart-
Element Stickers by Echo Park Paper Co. (Little Girl Line )
Step one: Adhere the ribbon or seam binding on the back of the heart using glue as shown. This will be used to hang the heart.
Step two: Die cut the rolled flowers by placing the die face down on the felt. (If you are using a Cuttlebug--You will have the thick bottom plate then the C Plate then the felt square, then the die face down and then the B plate).
Step three: Run the stack through the machine.
Note: You will need to repeat this process many times. I didn't count how many flowers I used on mine but I ended up doing three sets of flowers. Just came back to this step until I had enough flowers to cover the heart.
To pass the time, I cut all the felt flowers then watched television while rolling them up!
Step four: After you have all your die cuts, you can begin rolling your flowers. (You can always go back and make more flowers if you are short!)
First separate the felt.
Step five: Begin rolling the flower as shown.
When you are finished rolling the flower, this is what it will look like:
Step six: Using a paper piercing tool, poke a hole through the center of the rolled flower. (Note: Wiggle the tool around a bit so the hole widens...makes the next step much easier!)
I found these double ended pearl accents in the bridal section of our local craft store. I have seen them lots of places. You will need to cut each strand in half. You use one half of each strand on each flower so you can make two flowers with one strand.
Step seven: Poke the half strand into the flower center as shown.
Step eight: Using your paper piercing tool, poke a hole in the Styrofoam heart where you want to place the flower. Put a little glue inside the opening and around it and insert the strand into it like this.
Step nine: Repeat the process until you fill the heart with flowers. Be sure to place the flowers very close to each other to cover all the Styrofoam. Felt is very easy to stretch, so you can stretch out some of the flower layers to cover patches that didn't get covered after you are finished. Remember to add flowers to the side of the heart because they will show.
Finally, embellish your heart. I used a sticker that said "made with LOVE" (Echo Park) and popped another heart for some dimension. I tied a bow with some ribbon and attached it with a pearl stick pin.
You could vary the idea to embellish a gift box or even make a flower topiary. So...what do you think?
This is a bit different from my normal style but it was fun to venture a bit out of my comfort zone!
This tutorial, along with a lot of other Valentine related craft tutorials, will be posted soon on Most Wanted, the lifestyle blog of VoucherCodes.co.uk!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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