It’s Wedding Wednesday again! First of all, thank you so much to everyone who viewed, pinned, and commented on DIY Fabric Flowers: Part One! I’m so glad that everyone liked my flowers, and I’m hoping to start seeing some of yours soon too!
Last week we covered how to make the fabric flowers, but this week we’ll talk about all of the great stuff you can do with them! At my wedding, I used my fabric flowers to make bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids and as adornments on my sash. You can use yours for anything you like, but today I’ll cover how to attach them to stems for use in bouquets or vases, as well as how to create a sash and corsage pin.
Most of you are probably here to learn about making bouquets, right? Whether for your wedding, Mother’s Day, or home decor, bouquets are one of the most beautiful ways to display your fabric flowers. Just attach some stems and you’re ready!
For stems, you’ll need green felt, 18 gauge flower stems (mine are from Michael’s), scissors, a hot glue gun with glue sticks, and (of course!) your fabric flowers.
Cut out a bunch of circles from your green felt. Mine were about 2 inches in diameter, but you can make them smaller or larger depending on the size of your flowers. You’ll need two circles per flower.
Prepare some stems. You’ll need to bend them into a loop, twist the excess wire around the stem, and then fold it at a 90 degree angle.
Hot glue a felt circle to the back of your flower.
Cut a slit to the center of a second felt circle.
Place a stem in the center of the circle and hot glue over the stem and the whole circle. Lining up the slit in the second circle with the stem, attach it and let the glue dry.
Continue until you have enough flowers for a bouquet. I went with 10 for a small bouquet (this is also how many I used in my bridesmaid bouquets), but somehow one didn’t make it into the picture.
Arrange your flowers into a bouquet. Be sure to rotate the bouquet and check if it’s pretty from all sides.
When you’ve arranged your bouquet, hold it in place and tightly wrap a rubber band around it. Slide the rubber band up as high as you can get without smooshing together your flowers too much. If you look closely, you can see part of my blue rubber band in the picture. You want it to be hidden (and if you ribbon-wrap your bouquet, it will be completely covered). Double-check your bouquet, this will allow you to rearrange flowers without messing up the whole bouquet.
Wrap the stems with ribbon/fabric or place into a vase and you’re done! I put mine into a vase and filled it with wine corks. I think it looks pretty cute! What do you think?
To make a corsage, you’ll need one felt circle, two identical strips of felt (equal in length to the diameter of the circle), a pin, and a hot glue gun. You can use this method to attach a flower to a metal barrette as well. Glue the felt circle to the flower back and glue the two strips together. Place the pin toward the top of the circle (if you center it, the flower might droop), and hot glue the felt strip down on top of it. Easy peasy!
The sash is the easiest project, and the method for making it is very similar to how you would attach the flowers to a headband or a ribbon to wrap around a vase or jar in a wedding centerpiece. If you just want to add a single flower (or a straight row of flowers), you can sew or glue them directly onto your ribbon or headband. I used three flowers for my sash, so I cut out two identical triangles from felt, hot glued them together (for support), and glued down my flowers. I sewed the triangle to a long, 2″ wide piece of ribbon. Since I had already made a ton of fabric flowers, the project was super quick!
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This post was shared at the Wednesday Roundup.