It’s here! Our April Point of View! I am so excited about these projects. Aren’t they amazing? I hope you’ll take a few minutes and go check out your favorites. To make it easy, here are all the links:
6. Me- and well, you’re already here! 🙂
The link party this month is over at Michelle’s blog, so when you’re finished reading my tute- go over and link
up your own spring projects!
Now, on to the tute for these gorgeous flower balls:
I’ll admit that for some reason the theme of “Spring” was REALLY hard for me. Maybe it was too broad, maybe it was because I was trying to come up with an idea that WASN’T a pillow, maybe it was just a plain old slump. Whatever it was, I was struggling. I had finally purchased these candlesticks from IKEA- (been waiting forever!!) and I knew I didn’t want candles on them- go figure. I had the styrofoam balls from another (failed) project and knew I wanted to cover them somehow. First I started making paper roses. Well, if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know how that turned out. (not well) So, I pulled the flowers off and started over. It was my sister’s suggestion to use this method for covering the flowers- so Thank you, Karen! Love you!
Ready to cover your own? Here’s what you’ll need.
A Styrofoam ball- I used a 3″ and a 4″ (approx. I’ve had them a while so I’m not sure exactly)- you will want them approx 1-2″ smaller than your desired finished ball. You will also need pins (lots and lots of them) and fabric- I used about 1 yard per flower. It’s a lot.
The next thing you will want to do is cut your fabric into flowers. For the yellow ball, I cut the fabric into 4″ strips (I was not really exact) folded it over and over until it was approx. square and cut out a five petal flower from all the layers at once. For the purple flower the strips were about 2″- the repeat the same process. You don’t need them to be exact or perfectly cut, this flower is really forgiving. Repeat for ALL the fabric- yes, it’s a lot.
Now, take one flower, fold it in half, then in half again.
Now take a pin and push it through the end of the flower at the point. Make sure to grab all four layers of fabric as you do this. (It won’t matter what kind of pins you use since they won’t be seen, but I would suggest using the plain silver pins, just because they hide easier)
Push the pin into the styrofoam ball. Alternate the direction the flower is going to give the flower more lift and fullness. (And obviously I would recommend NOT using a black styrofoam ball.)
Repeat a million times (it will feel like it) until the ball is as full as you would like. You will probably not need to pin them as close as you will be tempted to. Space them as far apart as you can, while still maintaining the desired fullness you want. I thought it would only take me an hour or so to finish these, and I probably spent 3 1/2- 4 hours on the pair. But, as you can see, it was Oh, so Worth It!!
Isn’t that gorgeous? Yum! I smile every time I walk by these.
So, what’s your point of view on spring? Do you like bright and fluffy, or calm and nature-y, or soft and pastel? Come link up
and let your point of view be heard!