Juliana hosted this awesome class during our February crop. Here it is in article format so you can make them whenever you want. Thanks so much, Juliana, for sharing this awesome creation with us and hosting the class!! These are gorgeous!!
Here’s what you will need:
At least 5 different patterned papers
At least 2 large size gems/rhinestones for each flower center (you could also use buttons or what ever else you want)
A way to cut 3 different size circles at least 2 inches across for the largest one
24 gauge craft wire
A glass vase
Adhesive to adhere paper to glass
Double sided foam tape
You are going to start by cutting or punching 3 different size circles for each flower. I made 10 flowers. My largest circle was about 2 inches across and then each one was gradually smaller. Try to vary your pieces of pattern paper so that each flower has 3 different patterned papers. In total I used 5 different patterned papers.
This is probably the most time consuming part and a little tiring on your hand!
You are going to take your scissors and cut long skinny fringes all around each circle.
I recommend cutting in ½ to ¾ inch toward the center. I also found it helpful to make a cut ahead of where I was cutting so as to keep the cuts going toward the center as you move around the circle. See below.
Once you have all the fringes cut on all of your circles you are going to run you finger around the edges to separate the fringes and crinkle them a bit. Don’t worry if you bend a few or if some get torn out. It adds dimension and character!
Now you are going to start building your flowers. You may have already thought about this as you were cutting your circles, but now you are going to layer the different patterns starting from largest to smallest. I tried to have a good mix and not repeat the same pattern on the same flower.
Once you have done this you are going to adhere the layers to each other. I used double sided foam tape (3M Scotch) to give them more dimension, plus it gives the centers more strength for the next steps. I imagine any type of foam adhesives would work.
Once you have got the flowers together you need to poke 2 small hold in the center as guides to run the craft wire through. I used a large sewing needle, but a paper piercer of any kind will do just fine.
Cut 2 foot lengths of craft wire for as many flowers as you are going to make. You may not need the full length, but it allows you some flexibility in varying the heights of the flowers when you arrange them in your vase.
Thread the craft wire up through one of the holes from the bottom of the flower then down through the other hole. Try to center the flower on the length of wire. Pull the two pieces down and gently twist the together on the back side of the flower. Then bring the 2 wires together and twist them together a few times to make the flower stem. I also twisted them together tightly on the ends to make sure the wires stayed together.
Finish each flower by adding a gem/rhinestone to the center.
If you want to do a bit more to make your vase pretty you can cut thin strips of your patterned papers and adhere them to you glass vase. Depending on the shape of your vase this may be easier for some of you than others. Keeping the paper strips thin may help if your vase is more tapered.
Once your vase has been decorated you can then have fun arranging your flowers to your liking. As you may notice I also made some curly-cue pieces by wrapping the wire around a pencil and then stretching it out a bit. For the arranging part you are on your own. I recommend bringing all the stems together and wrapping a small piece of wire around them about 3 inches or so from the bottom. Then play around with the height of each flower. Feel free to twist and bend the stems or flowers. Just play around with them until they look good to you!