Wednesday, August 11, 2010

pretty poppies tutorial

What do these things have in common?
roll-ups (crayon, marker, gel pen, make-up brushes)
felt food
play mail set
soda can jewelry

. . . and now flowers

Give up? 

These are all the craft-related obsessions I have had in the past seven months.  My sixth craft till Christmas in July was haircessories.  With that craft, my flower obsession began.  Recently, I googled "images of flowers" just to gaze at the source of this recent crafty-obsession, and these three images jumped off the computer screen.   

The first one and the third one are a poppies, but I'm not sure what the second one is.  Let's pretend it's a poppy too.  Either way these three beautiful flowers are the inspiration behind my newest flower project - super easy pretty poppy wall art.

Pretty Poppies

Here's what you need:
-a square art canvas (Find at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Wal-mart, etc.)
-fabric (I went with a monochromatic look with various shades of ivory, off white and white.  I also used various textures, thicknesses, etc. - linen, tulle, twill, muslin, etc.) 
-straight pins

Here's what you do:
1)  Using four different sized circle items as a pattern cut 9 circles of each size from four different fabrics.  I used four different sized biscuit cutters at the patterns.  Cut 27 circles of tulle from the largest circle pattern. (Obviously, the number of circles you use will depend on the size of your canvas and the spacing you want.  My canvas was 10 x 10.)

2)  Ball up each circle into a little wad.  (Yuck, I hate using the word "wad".)  I stuffed my little wadded up balls into the corner of sandwich baggies and twisted the baggies up.  Then my kids woke up from their naps so we played while my little wadded up balls got nice and wrinkly.  If you need the instant gratification of wrinkles, I have two recommendations: 1) After pre-washing your fabric, dry it.  By the time you get back to it - if you are like me - it will be good and wrinkly after sitting in the dryer for a day or two.  2) After rolling your circles into little balls, place a hot iron on them. 

3)  Take wadded up balls out of baggies.  Layer circles - largest, tulle, medium, tulle, medium in a different fabric, tulle, smallest.

4)  Take straight pin and bead and put pin through the bead.  Stick pin and bead combo through the center of each poppy.

5)  Turn canvas over.  Use the cutting edge of a pliers to snip off the sharp ends of the pins.  Then use the needle nose end of the pliers to bend the blunt pin end down.

6)  Done!  Now I just have to figure out where to put it!

Craft on!

My no-sew headband ended up being number two in the first round of Trendy Crafter.  That means I'm in the next round as well . . . which is, yep, you guessed it . . . flowers.  I'll let you know when voting begins in round 2 so that you can head on over and vote for your fav.

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Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

This is so cute!

I also LOVED the monogram ribbon thingie (haha). What a great twist! It would be such a perfect baby gift. I want to try it!

Leslie said...

this is adorable...i love the neutral colors

Sylvia C. said...

poppies are the most lovely flower of all!
great design... thanks for sharing!

hope all is great for you!

Emily said...

Oh I love this! I can totally see this going in my littlest girls room. I'm envisioning shades of pink with a few flowers on three different're supposed to group in odd numbers, right? Home decor/design is not my specialty! :)

Beverly @ said...

This is sooo pretty! It's so fresh and fun. I love it. You are so creative. :)

Lu said...

So cute! I even just picked up some yucky looking dollar store canvases that are needing some love... You are inspired!

Nana Moon said...

Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Holly said...

That is beautiful! I really love the elegant simplicity. You need to come over and join up with the DIY Club challenge next month - we have tons of new sponsors.

C.R.A.F.T. said...

so pretty :) come on over and link up to MMM!!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

so pretty :) come on over and link up to MMM!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is simply elegant. I love it and may just have to copy you!

Catch A Falling Star said...

Very cute results!
So elegant looking.
(btw,my email is at the bottom of my blog;) )

Sassy Sites! said...

great job!! It turned out beautiful! :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very very pretty!!! I love the embellishment in the center. :) I'm visiting from Jennifer's Tutorial Tuesday party. :)

Sarah said...

That is really, really neat! I think I might just have to make one...Hope you have a wonderful day! Be sure to visit my blog for a great giveaway!

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★All Thingz Related★ said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing your project with everyone at Anything Related!

Amy Meyer said...

So cute! I love the poppy idea.

devin said...

i love this project. the flowers are so pretty, especially next to your word blocks! love it!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

This is just lovely!

Sara said...

You never know when something you post might really mean something to someone and I wanted to share why your post almost made me cry. My grandma left me a very long pearl necklace (just costume jewelry, mind you) and my two year old broke it. Now all the pearls are waiting to be made pretty again and instead of just restringing them and rarely wearing them, like before, I wanted to make something. So, you can see the rest of the story now... here is a beautiful way to use a blank canvas I already have, fabric I already have, my precious pearls, and have a beautiful peice of art to remind me of my grandma every day! THANK YOU! I will be posting this on my blog when it's done.

Amy Bowman said...

I love how you were inspired by nature! These are really neat, love them by your laugh and love blocks.
Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays" @ New Nostalgia! Would love to see you again next week!
(you are such a faithful linker each week, I appreciate it!)

Mandi said...

Super cute! I love it!


Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

Very pretty and elegant looking. I love the neutral color.

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!


Meg said...

What a fun, easy and Fantastic idea! Love it.

Seams Inspired with Larri said...

I love it! Elizabeth - While I was looking at it, I was thinking of all your cute monogrammed ideas too. Wouldn't this be neat with a monogram/initial in the center square? It's really beautiful. Great finish! Stopping over from Saturday Standstill. Happy Sewing! :o)

Renters No More said...

This is a great idea, the end result is so beautiful. I'm going to have to put this on my to-do list.

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, this is so neat!
I really love the idea!
Thank you for sharing~

Stacey said...

Cute! So simple, but looks so good!

shopannies said...

love your white poppies very much contrast from the red ones I am familiar with

Maria said...

This would be so pretty in a little girl's room too. Great idea. Thank you.

Heather Bredimus said...

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Jerri said...

This looks very nice!

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

I finally made something inspired by this! Come see.

Maggie said...

I luv this,
Thank you for sharing.

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