Hi, my name is Carrie and I kill flowers (i.e. all houseplants in general) just by looking at them.
Happily, I have my DIY skills to lean on so that I can bypass the prospect of caring for live plants altogether! The idea started while planning a spring photoshoot (that has now been rescheduled for tomorrow) based around a brand new set of party goodies from Kate Aspen—namely these cute-as-buttons white geometric planters. I wanted to fill them with something natural and colorful and pretty, which left the one option of flowers. But instead of running with the live variety, I decided to make my own using felt and glue. Read on for the scoop!
- Geometric planters
- Colored felt
- Wire cutters
- Wire (although you see green floral wire pictured, it ended up being too thick, so I went with a super thin, silver variety instead)
- Craft glue
- Wooden clothespins (not pictured)
Start by pulling tufts of moss from the packaging and stuff it down into the white planters. I found it was easiest to roll the moss around between my palms so that it formed a rounded shape before trying to add it to the pots.
Next, use scissors to cut the felt down into petal shapes. These don’t have to be perfect—in fact, they looked more realistic when the size and shape varied a bit between each. I made six petals from each color of felt.
Once all of the petals have been cut, squeeze a dot of craft glue at the bottom of one end of each petal and fold the felt up and over the glued section. Clamp the glued felt between wooden clothespins, being careful to avoid getting glue on the clothespin. Allow to dry for an hour and then unclamp and set them aside, separated by color.
Now it’s time to create your flower shape. To do so, you’ll want to cut off some wire about nine inches in length and wrap one end securely around the folded and glued end of your first petal—maybe four or five turns. Then, pick up the next petal, and holding it right next to the previous petal, wrap more wire around the pair of petals.
Continue the process of adding petals and wrapping more wire around until you have all six petals wrapped together with wire. After it’s done, you can clip off any excess wire (or just keep wrapping until it’s all used up), and then pull the petals gently outward until you have the desired flower-like shape.
To finish, cut out large, round mustard-colored felt (about 3/4 of an inch in diameter), and smaller round cream-colored felt—when glued together, these will become the center of your felt flowers. Simply glue in place right in the middle of each set of wrapped petals, and then add a dollop of glue to the center of the moss and press each flower into place. Allow everything to dry for an hour before handling.
I can’t wait to put these in place at each place setting for my “faux party” photoshoot. Stay tuned for the full reveal in a couple of weeks!