A tutorial for "florets"

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I was making a bazillion of these yesterday and thought I'd share the process in case anyone just starting out with our hobby is interested. Beginner level, this is a very basic, low cost way to add a little color to your landscaping. I'm not an expert at it by any means and maybe you would come up with a better way or different punch shapes, etc to try. Not sure that it's supposed to be any specific flower, at least I don't think of it as a specific flower, but it's very versatile..low lying ground cover, add them to a wooden barrel, spilled over scene with a wheel barrow or pot (I have one of those in my real yard with petunias), window boxes, outdoor urns, spilling over a rock wall, etc.

I learned how to do these from an episode of dollhouse tv and also just different methods Ive picked up from completing various other flower kits. 

Supplies: 

Paper: ...I bought a sample pack of paper from hanky panky crafts but I don't think it's anything special, just office type colored paper..post it notes would probably work. I liked the colors in this sample pack. If interested check out hankypankycrafts.com 

Punch: different punches will work for this, the orange handled office style punch is available at hobby lobby or most likely any craft store. The "punch bunch" one I bought on eBay. You could do this in different scales using larger or smaller punches. I don't use the large one on the punch bunch, just the two smaller ones and I prefer the middle size one. 

A spray bottle that will mist water 

ball stylus: you don't want too small of a stylus or it can tear through the paper, too big of a ball stylus won't shape the petal enough...so mid size, I have a collection of ball styluses for flower making 3 or 4 different sized ones are handy to have 

foam pad: these are sold in the kids section of the craft stores, I have several different thicknesses, any thickness will work, nothing specific there. These are referred to in flower kits as "foam shaping pads", so they work great for a work surface for shaping our flowers. I get the largest size that I can find so that I have lots of space for petals. 

Fine point sharpie: totally optional but I like the way it looks to dot the inside of the flower. The color you could use to do this would be up to you, I use a purple color, but green or yellow would be good for lighter colored flowers too. 

Tweezers 

Landscaping moss:  or other ground cover to glue your flowers to when placing them in a scene. The big clump moss sold for rail road supply works good and can be broken up into smaller clumps. 

Aleenes tacky glue 

Process:

-punch out the flowers onto the foam pad

- dot them in the center with a sharpie if desired

- mist a little water onto a section of your foam shaping pad and with tweezers (or your finger slightly dampened) put the petals on the water misted section of the pad. I work with about 10 or so petals at a time so that it's not overwhelming. You want them dampened but not completely soaked to the point that they will tear when you shape them. 

- after the petals have rested in water for apx. a minute, lift them up (using tweezers or your finger) to a drier section of the foam shaping pad. Now shape them with the ball stylus by rotating the stylus in a circular motion over the petal. You will be pushing the petal into the foam as you rotate the stylus, which will catch the back of the petal and hold it in place, shaping it. Use a light touch especially with thicker foam, so that your petal doesn't go down all the way into the foam. 

- there are different ways to mist and shape the petal..this is just what seems easiest to me. For instance you could mist the foam so lightly with water that you don't move the petals and you shape them in place. Or you could drop the petals onto a wet/dampened paper towel then cover the petals with a second or folded over portion of the dampened paper towel and then move them to the foam pad and proceed to shape

- At this point your petals are dampened, shaped and sticking in the foam pad. You may sit and kind of babysit them for a time while they're drying to continue to shape them and stick them back in the pad if they come out. I get a certain amount of petals wet and shaped (10-20) and then while those are drying, punch out more.  

Drying: let them completely dry. If they're even slightly damp they'll turn to mush when you try to glue them onto your scene. When dry (and this will take at least an hour) pick them up with tweezers and dip the backside into tacky glue (just a small amount) and place them onto your moss that you've already glued down onto your landscaping surface. 

I hope these pictures can clarify procedure. The last photo is dampened, shaped petals waiting to dry. 

 

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Great tutorial Karin.

I love it when people share this kind of information:D This is a sweet garden scene, and your little bunny looks like he might be tempted to munch on your pretty flowers.

Are those Morning Glories climbing up in the back ground?

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You're welcome, I agree about sharing. And this is a great project for kids too, something they can easily do to help you with your house if they like to do this kind of stuff. 

This is a work in progress, I added a rock wall on this corner yesterday but yes that's a morning glory, still deciding what to do for the trellis, will be either a rose, clematis or another morning glory. 

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Thank you for the tutorial.  I really loved the flowers you did and wanted to try but didn't have the faintest idea how to start.  This is a good first step.  Thank you for taking the time to spell it out for us beginners.

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Great first step! Flower making isn't difficult but it does take patience, this is a good, uncomplicated first step just to see if you even enjoy the process. I love it, its meditative and so rewarding :) Maybe I could do an iris or tulip one too...it's not that I think my flowers are so great but just having the steps spelled out might help others to get started and they could add their own creative touch. The tulips and iris are also flowers that can be done with simple punches with no need to buy a kit, better to spend the money on punches, then you can make your own flowers to your hearts content. 

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You make it look so easy!! I just bought a punch that looks like yours and a leaf one too.... Now we'll see_ _ _ Yours looks great!!!

               I just got a bunch of threads at goodwill. Are you the one that put the tutorial about the (punch rug?) I've been trying to find out who made it? I want to find out what's the material ,that is used to make them? There was a name for it.   Thanks if you can help.......

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Yes please do a tutorial for tulips and irises.  

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I'll take some pictures the next time I make them :) need to do some for bouquets. 

Yes I did the punch needle tutorial...it's weavers cloth that you need. I could only find it by mail order. Punchneedlemarketplace.com or eBay. I've tried other fabrics, only the weavers cloth has worked for me. 

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And it is easy...try it and you'll see :) 

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I thought it might be....... Thank you !  Both tutorials are well done !!!

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We used to have some nice sits for making flowers that were posted in our pinned DIY topic, but when I went back to check them out they are defunct.  They used to include pansies and gladioli (I think I printed them off once and if so, I have them saved in one of my many ring binders).  Another site that is no more showed how to make all sorts of mini houseplants with masking tape and wire.

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Wanted to add this photo for inspiration, this is from a hankypanky invoice I had..although the florets used here are much smaller than the ones I use. I know I have a tendency to get too big with my flowers, something I have to always keep in mind while making them. Anyway...thought this was cute with the flowers in the barrel 

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That is cute, now what about leaves?

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:clap: Yes please more tutorials for flowers! 

I'll be trying these out soon. :D  Thanks Karin!

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wow, thank you so much for sharing!

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9 hours ago, pgwyn said:

That is cute, now what about leaves?

I think the moss is meant to be the greenery...

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Oh, I didn't even notice it before, yes that will work.  Thank you.

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They are lovely, they look like African violets .great idea for the tutorial, this is something I have been collecting bits and bobs to do..one day.

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African violets are quite a bit smaller in mini, the little blossom for them is at least half the size of these florets. But, the picture I showed of the hankypanky florets in the barrel...those are about the size of an African violet, so maybe that is what she intended them to be. I have African violets in the swan planters. 

I used to know of a miniaturist who made flowers and she called some of them " neverwas"...meaning that they didn't exist in nature, just in her imagination. That attitude does make it fun. 

It's easy to get caught up with landscaping, I have to stop myself from going overboard and getting it too cluttered. 

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Just want to say thank you for this tutorial! It was very timely for me, as I am just starting the landscaping around my house. I successfully made a few different types of tiny flowers over the weekend. I found an inexpensive punch at Hobby Lobby that makes the cutest little daisies.

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