A Christmas Bouquet Tutorial
(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)
Good morning! Welcome to another day of Festivities! We’re starting the day with a Christmas Bouquet:
I’ve decided this year we need to have a lot more Christmas decorations in our house. We usually only decorate the lounge, but now I want Christmas to be everywhere! I can’t afford to buy too much so I’m coming up with ways of making a lot – I love this Christmas bouquet which I can move about the house as I see fit!
Here’s how I put it together…
Step 1: I found a vase to use. I didn’t have any florists wire, which would have been my first choice for the flower stems. But I did have lots of wooden kebab sticks, so I cut them down to various sizes to fit the vase:
Step 2: I painted the sticks in three different colours – red, white, and mint blue (I didn’t use all of these in the end):
Then I got to town making flowers and adding other decorations to the tops of the sticks…
Ribbon Rosette Tutorial:
1. Cut 6 strips of ribbon, to whatever length you choose – these ones were 4″ long but I made a couple of bigger rosettes too. 2. Fold the ends of each strip into the middle and hot glue into place. 3. Hot glue two of these into a cross shape. 4. Glue two more into place behind the cross, keeping them close to the vertical line of the cross. 5. Fill up the gaps with the last two strips. 6. Hot glue the tip of a stick onto the back – hold it in place while it dries, then apply another blob of hot glue on top to make it stronger:
7. Add an embellishment to the middle of the rosette:
Paper Rose Tutorial:
1. Cut out three flowers of descending size. I used this template (printed at A4 size), my largest flower was approx 3¼” wide. Also cut two spare petals. 2. Cut a slit in each flower, between two petals, and in towards the flower centre. 3. Add a blob of hot glue to one of the petals by the cut. 4. squeeze the flower together so the petals overlap and stick one on top of the glue blob. 5. Quickly, before the hot glue dries, curl the glued petal around a cylindrical object like a pen or paper piercer handle. Repeat with the other petals on that flower, but you don’t need to rush those! (Scroll down for more instructions.)
6. Cut, glue, and curl the other two flowers using the same method. Pierce a hole in the base of each flower – I used a small screwdriver to make the hole large enough for the stick to fit through. Pinch and curl the two spare petals. 7. Hot glue the two spare petals at the top of a stick, then push the smallest flower on and hot glue that into place too. 8. Put hot glue underneath the flowers so they won’t slide down. 9. Keep going until all three flowers are on the stick, so you’ve formed the rose. 10. If you like, you can accentuate the petals with ink, chalk, paint etc. I used clear embossing ink rubbed on the petals, then heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.
I made a few ribbon rosettes and paper roses. I also made a couple of origami flowers following This Tutorial.
Then add some more bits and pieces to the top of your sticks. For these chipboard snowflakes and shop-bought gift bows I again added a blog of glue, held the stick in place while it was drying, and then added another blob of glue on top to strengthen it:
I took the top off a cheap glittery bauble:
And the stick fitted nicely into the hole:
I also added a wooden snowman to one stick, and a cheap tacky santa to another stick (he used to be a pen lid I think!).
When all my sticks were ready, I filled the base of my vase with some clear glass pebbles (to steady the sticks) and some gold curling ribbon (to make it more colourful):
Then I just played flower arranging until it all looked pretty:
I can’t wait to show this off during the festive season!
Make some ribbon rosettes or paper flowers
Find a cheap and/or tacky decoration and give it new life on a project
Think of something you’d like around the house this Christmas and go and make it
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