Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Topiary Tutorial

You will need:
Pot or vase
Styrofoam pot filler
4 in Styrofoam ball
dowel
sewing pins or glue
ribbon
moss or other decorative straw
carnation flowers (available here) or other flower appliques
 I opted to use sewing pins instead of gluing the flowers on. Just in case I want to use the flowers for something else later.

Put a pin in one of the bottom layers of the carnation then stick in the ball. Mess around with pattern, or just go random.

This 4 inch ball used 42 carnations! I'm thinking a 2 inch would have done ok
 I carved a hole in the Styrofoam ball the size of the dowel.

Stick the dowel through the floral filler
 Put ball on top.

I actually didn't use any glue for this project. I had planned on wrapping the dowel in grosgrain ribbon, but I needed to get on with other projects.
 I love how this looks on my mantel, really starting to feel that spring is on the way.

Hope you like it!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

DIY Flower Cupcake Toppers Double Has Party Favor Hair Clips


  Start with singed flowers approximately 2 to 2.5 inches.
The ones in this tutorial are available in my Etsy shop.
All you have to do is line some alligator clips with ribbon and hot glue them to the flower.
I like to glue them to the flat side of the clip
so the flowers don't go up on one end.

Get some lollipop sticks, found in the cake aisle of your local craft shop or cake specialty store.

Put stick in cupcake, and clip flower on
All done!
Not only do your guests have a blooming cupcake, they get to take home a beautiful flower hair clip as well.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Simple Boutique Flower Hair Clip With Feathers and Rhinestone Tutorial

Make this boutique feather flower clip in quick easy steps!
 Start with a singed pre-made flower.  This white satin and organza flower is available in my Etsy shop.
You will need:
Glue Gun
Alligator Clip
Feathers (found mine in the silk flower section of the craft store)
Ribbon
Lighter/Candle
Fancy Flower Center-Button or Beads
 Cut a 4.5 inch piece of 3/8 ribbon and heat seal the edges with your flame.
Hot glue to your alligator clip.
This length only makes the clip partially lined. I find them much easier to slip into hair that way.
 Pull back the 2 bottom layers of sating on my flower.
Just squeeze out a dab of hot glue in the center and place the ends of your feather.
 Putting the flower between the satin layers eliminates the need for felt backing.
Glue or sew your flower center on the front at this point.
Now glue the ribbon lined clip to the back. And keep in mind at this point if you are going to prefer to have it worn on the right or left side and place clip accordingly.
And your done!
Slip into hair, in a crochet hat or interchangeable headband.
A boutique hair clip that you have the control of designing.