If you open any home magazine or catalog right now, you will see tons of great Spring flowering branches as accessories. I’m planning on stealing some clippings down the street (shhhh…) and forcing them in my windowsill soon! But until then, I thought I’d show you how you can make your own.
First, take some sticks from outside and break them to whatever lengths look good to you. Place some floral foam into your container and arrange the sticks in a natural looking “bouquet”.
Next, use some greenery to leaf-up your branches. You don’t have to do this, but I think it looks prettier. I just used some sprigs I had on hand. Wire your sprigs to your branches using beading wire. (LOVE this stuff! I use it for everything. It’s like my own female version of duct tape.)
Now you are ready to make some cute flower buds. Use a scalloped edged hole punch, your silhouette, or some scalloped edged scissors to create circles. I used a piece of waxed tissue paper which is ideal for this project.
Create your circles.
Now, take two circles and follow the steps to create your flower.
Step 5 is really the most challenging to explain in a pic. You are wrapping the second circle around your first rolled up one. As you wrap, you want to fold the paper outward. Don’t panic if is rips a bit. It’s not a big deal and you won’t even notice. Keep twisting and folding outward until you have a cute bud. Twist the bottom of your paper to secure the two pieces together. Glue if you wish. (I was lazy and actually didn’t glue mine. Do as I say, not as I do? 🙂
When your flowers are done, place them on your sprigs!
And because I’ve been bragging about my mantel on twitter all weekend, I’ll give you a sneak peek!
Don’t forget that the mantel linky goes up tomorrow! And here is some additional incentive for you to link up. Better Homes and Gardens online contacted me as well as several of YOU asking if they could use pictures from my Halloween mantel and from Layla’s Christmas mantel linky! You just never know who is watching so link up!