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4 DIY Handmade Flowers – Spring Bouquet Colored with INK!

by | March 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on 4 DIY Handmade Flowers – Spring Bouquet Colored with INK!

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” –  Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

I’m Lindsay and I am really excited to be sharing my first guest post for Clearsnap! Thank you for visiting the blog. If you’re like me, I bet you’d love to have spring flowers right now. Are you also ready for winter to be over? Us crafters, we crave color! Let’s give spring a bit of a boost by making our own DIY handmade flowers from paper, colored with Clearsnap’s ColorBox Queues and Smooch inks. You’ll need these supplies to create this spring-y bouquet:

SUPPLIES:

  • Clearsnap Queue in Primary and Fiesta
  • Clearsnap Smooch in Siren
  • A diecutter that makes a simple 5 petal daisy in 3 sizes. (or you could print out the download and cut out the flowers using old school scissors)
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Card stock in white, pink, yellow
  • 1 spool of 28 gauge of Artistic wire in olive
  • 2 cloth covered 18 gauge floral stem wires
  • wire cutters
  • 4 buttons in yellow, bright green and brown
  • paint brush with a serrated tip
  • mason jar
  • hot glue gun
  • small piece of floracraft foam
  • assorted moss pack
  • sharp needle
  • ruler

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Here’s how to create each of the DIY handmade flowers in this festive spring bouquet:

Bachelor Button blue and white flower.

  1. Cut 3 small white flowers.
  2. Clip off the tips of the petals with the pinking shears.
  3. Tip each petal into the Surf Cat’s Eye from the ColorBox Queue and allow ink to dry.Obermeyer-cutting-fringe
  4. Cut down each petal along the base of the serrated edge to fringe the petals.
  5. Stack the flowers on top of each other, but spread out like a deck of cards.
  6. Place the button on the center of the flower. Use the needle to pierce the paper.
  7. Cut the stem wires in half.
  8. Cut a piece of artistic wire 6” in length.
  9. Thread the wire through the button and the paper. Pull the wire until even and it is taught. Add a stem wire under the flower and wrap one of the two ends around the other wire and the stem, starting at the base of the flower and working your way down the stem. Trim off any excess.
  10. Set aside.

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Mexican Blanket Flower

  1. Cut 3 medium yellow flowers
  2. Stamp the center of the flower with the tip of the Colorbox Cat’sEye in Scarlet (from the Queue) using a brush to feather the ink from the center out. Dip your brush into the inkpad to paint more of the center if necessary.
  3. Clip off the tips of the petals with the pinking shears.
  4. Cut down each petal along the base of the serrated edge to fringe the petals.
  5. Stack the flowers on top of each other, but fan them out in a circle fashion.
  6. Place a yellow or brown button on the center of the flower stack. Use the needle to pierce the paper.
  7. Use one half of a stem wire.
  8. Cut a piece of artistic wire 6” in length.
  9. Thread the wire through the button and the paper. Pull the wire until even and taught. Add a stem wire under the flower and wrap one of the two ends around the other wire and the stem, starting at the base of the flower and working your way down the stem. Trim off any excess.
  10. Set aside.

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Michigan Yellow Lily Flower

  1. Cut 2 large flowers.
  2. Use a Colorbox Cat’sEye in Scarlet (from the Queue) to ink the edges of the paper.
  3. Use Smooch to dot the center and along the petals of the flower and allow to dry.
  4. Roll each petal up along a pencil to curl the petal.
  5. Stack them up on each other and fan out in a circle fashion.
  6. Place a brown button on the center of the flower stack. Use the needle to pierce the paper.
  7. Cut the stem wires in half.
  8. Cut a piece of artistic wire 6” in length.
  9. Thread the wire through the button and the paper. Pull the wire until even and taught. Add a stem wire under the flower and wrap one of the two ends around the other wire and the stem, starting at the base of the flower and working your way down the stem. Trim off any excess.
  10. Set aside.

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Dianthus Pink Flower

  1. Cut one small, one medium and one large pink flower.
  2. Clip off the tips of the petals with the pinky shears.
  3. Tip each petal into the Razzberry colored Queue pad and allow ink to dry.
  4. Cut down each petal along the base of the serrated edge to fringe the petals.
  5. Stack the flowers on top of each other, but spread out like a deck of cards.
  6. Place a yellow button on the center of the flower. Use the needle to pierce the paper.
  7. Use the last half of a stem wire.
  8. Cut a piece of artistic wire 6” in length.
  9. Thread the wire through the button and the paper. Pull the wire until even and it is taught. Add a stem wire under the flower and wrap one of the two ends around the other wire and the stem, starting at the base of the flower and working your way down the stem. Trim off any excess.
  10. Set aside.

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Creating the bouquet:

  1. Hot glue the piece of green floral foam into the bottom of a mason jar. Hint: Hold it with a fork to make it easy to push into place at base of mason jar.
  2. Stuff jar with moss. Place on flower into the jar, pushing firmly into the foam. Add the other three flowers. Trim down the stem as necessary to make the bouquet.

Make several dozen small bouquets to have as hostess gifts for the future or gather together for a large dining table center piece. Thanks so much for reading this post – were you inspired to create flowers of your own?

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Please visit my website for more crafting fun:

Hi! My name is Lindsay Obermeyer. I am an artist, designer, author and educator with a passion for the crafts.    I’ve been exhibiting my work in galleries and museums around the world for 25+ yeas.  I live in St. Louis with my daughter and two zany papillons in a 100 year old house surrounded by an ever evolving garden.

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