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Friday, March 23, 2012

diy silk flowers + a spring wreath

There are tons of fabric flowers out there these days, but today I'm sharing my favorite one to make. I've been making this flower for awhile so I'm not really sure where to attribute its origin from, but it's the combination of two of my favorite things - silk petals and pom poms.

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All you need in order to make this pretty little flower is silky fabric (because you're going to burn the edges), a lighter (to burn said edges) and embroidery thread.
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Take your fabric of choice and fold it over three times. My fabric of choice is mustard yellow, go figure.
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You're folding it over three times so you that you only need to cut once for each size of petal.
Cut out small, medium and large circles.
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Take your lighter and lightly singe the edges of each of the petals.
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Each of your petals will have a unique form from the way it burned.
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Now, choose a color of embroidery thread for your flower center.
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For your center, you're essentially just making a mini pom pom.
If you're not sure how to do that - start by wrapping some of your thread around two fingers.
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Pull it off your fingers and tie it in the center so that you have a loop on each end.
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Cut through each loop and fluff.
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Now, take a few of the strands you used to tie the center and thread them through an embroidery needle.
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Stack your petals.
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Send the needle through the center of the flower, so that you can tie it off on the bottom.
(If sewing isn't your gig, you could always use hot glue to attach each of the petals to each other and then the pom pom to the center.)
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Admire your pretty little flower with a fun pom-pom center.
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I often make these flowers to embellish a wrapped gift or add a pin to make a brooch.
Today, I made them specifically to embellish a spring wreath.
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I pinned them to a piece of ribbon and tied the ribbon to a grapevine wreath.
Done and done.
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Happy flower making and happy spring! 
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