Wednesday, June 2, 2010
How-to Hibiscus Wedding Flowers: Tutorial
What you are about to witness is my own crafty way of making matching hibiscus flowers for the reception. They match perfectly to the lovely dresses we will be wearing!
Follow along if you can to make your own for whatever occasion you have coming -
Tools: a polyester satin fabric in your desired color, scissors, white glue, sponge brush, matching 24 gauge wire, small faux pearl beads (for hibiscus stamen), 34 gauge gold wire, green floral tape, provided pattern, glue surface (plexiglass works well for this).
• Mix the white glue with a 2:1 mixture of glue to water. You'll be creating textured or wrinkly fabric to make the petals look more realistic so you'll need a gluing surface like a small sheet of plexiglass. Cut a square of your fabric to fit the plexi sheet.
• Take the pattern provided here and cut five petals for your flower from the glue-stiffened fabric.
• Cut a 9" length of your 24-gauge wire for each petal. Straighten the wires and lay them on your glue surface.
• At this point you should have at least 5 petals on wire "stems." Set these aside while we work on the stamen (or flowers center).
• Gather your five petals around the stamen and wrap all the stems with green floral tape. The floral tape will stick to itself so continue wrapping until you have covered all the wires.
I'll have to update with pics from the wedding once we're there. Can't wait Mel Mel!!