Mother’s Day kind of snuck up on me this year—maybe because Easter was so late in April. Either way, I needed a quick, easy, but pretty gift for my mom and mom-in-law. So I decided rather than giving them real flowers (which are beautiful, but don’t last too long) I would make them a bouquet of flowers from my stash of scrapbook supplies!
Supplies: patterned paper, ribbon, felt flower (American Crafts); felt flowers, button tool, epoxy shape tool (Epiphany Crafts); paper flowers, buttons (Making Memories); silk flowers (WeR Memory Keepers)
Here’s what you need:
- flowers (varying sizes and colours in silk, paper, felt, fabric, etc.)
- buttons (varying sizes and coordinating colours)
- cloth covered wire florist stems (18 inches long—one for each flower)
- decorative marbles or rocks
*optional: I used custom button and epoxy tools which also required patterned paper
Here’s what you do:
First you need to prepare your flowers. I used layered felt flower settings from Epiphany Crafts, so I gently took them apart so I could layer them with different flowers. Also, if you’re using flowers that don’t come with a hole in the center, you’ll need to punch holes with a paper piercer or 1/8 inch hole punch. The flower that will be the bottom layer will need two holes.
Once your flowers are ready, you’ll need to get your buttons ready. I used the epoxy shape tool and the custom button tool from Epiphany Crafts. I love that with these tools you can create exactly what you want by using your favourite patterned papers. Here I used some American Crafts City Park papers that matched my flowers and just lined them up in the tool’s viewfinder. I them removed the shape or button from the adhesive and placed them in the tool. Then I just pushed down like a paper punch and out came my custom epoxies and buttons—so easy! I also gathered some larger buttons to layer with my custom epoxies.
Last you need to assemble your flowers. The more layers the better. Just make sure that the top of the stack of flowers has a button, and the bottom flower in the stack has two holes. Thread your florist stem (which you can find at your local craft store) up through the bottom of the flower with two holes, and then through the other flowers with one hole, and lastly through the button. Then thread the stem back down through the opposite hole in the button, the single hole of the middle flower layers (the same one you came up through), and the second hole in the bottom flower. Then twist the stem tightly starting as close as possible to the bottom flower layer. Make sure you leave enough stem so that the flower peeks out of the vase at an appropriate height.
I like to create an odd number of flowers—odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. For this bouquet I made five. Finish off the project by adding a ribbon around the vase, and decorative rocks or marbles inside to keep the flowers in place.
I know my mom will appreciate a little bit of spring indoors. I’m sure yours would too. Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Beautiful Aly...thank you for sharing! And, just as a reminder, National Scrapbook Day is this Saturday! The SCT team has been working hard to provide you with some great inspiration, prizes and a BIG surprise! All the fun starts right here at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th!