It’s Becky again, here to show you how to make four more flowers (and an online bonus design!) for your fall floral cornucopia or centerpiece. I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s tutorials! Here is a link to yesterday's post so that you can jot down the supplies you’ll need. Oh, and be sure to download the free cutting files, too! Let’s get started.
Flower 1: CHRYSANTHEMUM
Using the Spellbinders Petite Scallop Nested Circle Lg dies, die cut four of the 2¼” scallop circle, three of the 2¾” scallop circle, and two of the 3¼” scallop circle from dark red cardstock. Ink all of the edges, front and back, with a darker shade of red ink.
Using a pencil, draw a 3/4” circle in the center of each scallop circle. With fine-tipped scissors, cut in between each scallop, stopping at the pencil line. Your petals will be very narrow when you are done.
Using your thumb nail or the barrel of a pen, gently curl all of the petals up and towards the center on each of the circles. The curling will soften the cardstock and make the layers more pliable for the remaining steps. Don’t worry if you accidentally pull of a few petals as you curl them.
Glue a 5/8” wooden ball to the center of one of the smallest scallop circles and set it aside to dry.
Apply wet glue to the tips of several petals and pull them towards the wooden ball to secure. I start out by selecting petals that match the face of a clock. This helps to evenly distribute the bulk of the petals around the ball.
Finish pulling up the remainder of the petals and securing them to the ball shape.
Glue the covered ball to the center of a small scallop circle. Run a line of thick, wet glue around the inside of the circle about 1/4” down from the tips.
Pull up on all the petals and press them into the glue to secure. This will leave the tips of each petal loose and partially open, just like the bud of a flower.
Glue the covered ball to the center of the third small scallop circle. Repeat the previous step, but place the glue closer to the base of the ball so that the petals open further.
Glue the covered ball to the center of the last (fourth) small scallop circle. Repeat the previous step, but place the glue around the edge of the bottom of the ball so that the petals open even further.
Whew! Are you still with me? J At this point, you’ve created a chrysanthemum bud and you’ll want to make a few of them for your cornucopia. Here’s how to finish off the full flower:
- Glue the “bud” to the center of a medium scallop circle. Apply glue around the base of the bud and pull up the petals. Repeat this step two more times with the last two medium scallops.
- Repeat the prior step two more times with the final two large scallop circles. Curl a few of the petals under in a random fashion through the blossom.
Flower 2: QUEEN ANNE’S LACE
Using a medium green cardstock, die cut two large, one medium and one small “stamen” design from the Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #1 die set.
From off-white cardstock, die cut 49 Baby’s Breath flowers from the Cheery Lynn Embellishments #2 die set. An alternative is to use a 1/8” hole punch or Crop-A-Dile and punch out 49 circles.
Using a stylus and foam pad (or mouse pad), firmly rub the stylus in a circular motion in the center of each tiny flower to form a small cup.
Glue a flower to the end of each of the “spokes” of the stamen die cuts and set them aside to dry.
When dry, bend down the tip of each spoke where the flower is glued.
Trim a 6” piece of floral wire. Slide all four assembled stamen pieces, beginning with the largest two, then the medium two on top. Space them apart about 1/8” and dab a bit of glue underneath each one to secure them to the paper-covered floral tape. Glue the last small flower to the tip of the wire. Set the assembly aside to dry completely.
To create a dome shape, gently end up on the top row of spokes to form a tighter circle. Continue with each layer until a dome shape is achieved. I found that bending each spoke where it attaches to the center works best.
Flower 3: DAISY
Mix equal parts of black and brown Flower Soft (about a teaspoon of each).
Punch/die cut three ½” circles from thin chipboard. Stack and glue them together to form one thick circle. Ink the edges with brown ink.
Cover the chipboard stack with an even coat of thick, wet adhesive, including the sides.
Cover the circle with the mix of Flower Soft. Press gently on the top and sides to adhere it to the glue and set it aside to dry (do not shake off excess yet).
Die cut three daisy shapes from script patterned paper using the daisy die from the Spellbinders Jewel Flowers set.
Ink the tips with light brown ink. Using your thumbnail or the barrel of a pen, curl the majority of the petal tips up and a few of them down.
Stack the three daisy shapes, offsetting the petals, and glue them together.
Shake off the excess Flower Soft from the ½” chipboard circle and glue it to the center of the assembled daisy shapes. Fluff the petals up/down to add dimension.
Flower 4: SPIDER MUM
Die cut two flower centers from the Cheery Lynn Embellishment 1 die from butter yellow cardstock. Ink the very tips with a dark yellow (both sides). Trim a 1”x4” piece of teal cardstock. Ink one long edge with dark teal ink. Ink a white flower stamen with yellow ink (or use one that is yellow).
Starting from the inked edge of the teal strip, cut up to 1/8” away from the uninked edge, all the way across, creating very thin snips. I’d recommend doing this step very slowly to avoid cutting all the way across to avoid cutting all the way through to the opposite edge.
Snip into the center of each die cut flower center and cut out the middle.
Twist both, one after the other, onto the yellow stamen.
With the inked edge at the top and facing you, glue one end of the teal strip to the flower center.
Begin rolling the teal strip around and onto itself, securing it with wet adhesive as you roll it up.
Beginning on the outside, gently pull down the “petals” and curl them downward with your thumbmail. Continue until you reach the yellow center.
And with that last flower, this wraps up the flower tutorials. You are well on your way to creating your very own fall floral cornucopia!
Online Bonus: 3D PEAR & APPLE
Just for the blog readers (that’s YOU!), I’m including a bonus 3D pear and apple how-to. Although these fruits are not in the original cornucopia, they can easily be added to your design. You will need:
- Off-white cardstock (two 12x12’s)
- Scrap of black and green cardstock
- Mini heart punch (1/4”)
- Red and Green chalk ink
- Bone folder
- Crystal Effects
- Scoring tool (Stampin’ Up!)
- Small twig from your yard
Using the free die cutting file, die cut 30 apples and 30 pears from off-white cardstock. Score vertically down the center of each piece, but do not fold yet.
Ink around the edge of each apple with red chalk ink. Ink around the edge of each pear with green chalk ink. Set them aside to dry.
Fold all of the scored pieces in half and run a bone folder over the crease. Keep all of the pieces folded.
Starting with the apple, apply wet adhesive to the exposed half of one piece, making sure your glue goes all the way out to the edge. Glue that folded piece to a matching folded piece, aligning both pieces on the crease.
Continue gluing the folded pieces together in the same way as the previous step until you have glued all 30 pieces together. As the piece gets larger and fans out, it helps to clip several together with clothespins. When you’ve glued all 30 pieces together, it will look like this:
Apply wet glue to the remaining exposed halves and glue them together to close the apple. Remove all clips.
Punch out 16 tiny hearts (approximately ¼”) from black cardstock. Cut each one in half to form a teardrop. Run a few rows of temporary dry adhesive across a scrap of paper and press each teardrop to the adhesive. Cover each teardrop with a coat of Glossy Accents, Liquid Glass, Diamond Glaze or other clear, dimensional adhesive. Set them aside to dry.
Using the free die cutting file, die cut two leaves from a scrap of green cardstock or cut them out freehand (approximately 1”x1½” each). Score down the center of each leaf and lightly crease each to give them dimension. Ink the edges with dark green ink. Cut two 1" pieces from a twig or stick.
Glue two pairs black “seeds” to two facing halves on the apple. Repeat seven more times in a random order throughout the apple. Glue the twig into the hole in the top of the apple and attach a green leaf.
Repeat all of these steps for the pear.
MAKING YOUR OWN CORNUCOPIA WIRE SHAPE:
The cornucopia shape itself is super easy to create. I used a coil of 6-gauge armature wire, foam florist blocks and dried moss. The armature wire comes in a 10-ft coil, so when I opened the package, I just pulled up from the center to elongate the spiral, then bent it into a cornucopia shape. When I was happy with the shape, I spray painted it a barn red.
Using a bread knife, I cut the florist foam into pieces that fit within the wire cornucopia and glued them together, reinforcing each connection with toothpicks. After the glue dried, I slid the foam piece into the wire shape. I covered the foam with dried moss, tucking the moss underneath the wire in areas that showed. From there, I started decorating with the paper flowers. Super easy!
ADDING FLORIST WIRE TO YOUR FLOWERS:
Here is one more technique to attach florist wire to all of your flowers so that you can control the height and form of your cornucopia:
Trim a bunch of floral wire pieces to 4-6” long. Bend the top ½” of each wire at a 45-degree angle.
Punch out several 1” circles from dark green cardstock scraps. Punch a 1/16” hole in the center of each circle.
Slide the bent end of a wire through the center hole of one of the circles. Using a thick, wet glue (or a glue gun), apply glue under and over the wire to attach it to the circle. Set it aside to dry.
When dry, glue it to the bottom of a flower (be generous with your glue). For smaller flowers, punch out ½” circles and make the 45-degree bend in the wire slightly smaller than ¼”.
Phew! I hope you’ve enjoyed these two days of how-to techniques. If you have any questions about creating the cornucopia, please leave a comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy fall, everyone!