Technically, this was one of my string of crafty failures. Not because the craft itself was a failure, but because what I intended was a failure.
I think these turned out just beautiful, which is a good thing, but I also think they’re a little too beautiful for what I was going for. In one of the many fancy pants boutiques around the area, I came across a big bowlful of silk flowers. Normally I don’t like silk flowers at all, but these just looked stunning. I could tell the edges had been melted which caused the petals to curl in and gave the whole thing a more haphazard look, which almost came across organic. So I ran home to raid the stash and see what I could come up with to fill the many many empty bowls I have scattered throughout the house.
I happened to have a bunch of organza laying around from a series of failed projects, so I thought it would be perfect. But the flowers came out so pretty and romantic, and very shabby chic, that it could not have been more out of place in my streamlined modern home.
So off to the etsy shop they go.
Here’s what I did:
Cut four or five flower shapes out of an organza. I’m sure mine was some poly blend, since I got it all at JoAnns. You can see from this picture that I’m being generous by calling this a “flower shape” I could really just say cut four or five little blobby guys that have vague suggestions of petals.
Hold each petal over a lit candle. You don’t want to touch the flame, just let that hot air kiss the fabric. This takes a little bit of practice, but don’t worry about any messups, this is one project where sloppiness is only in your favor. The worst thing that could happen is that you’re petal looks extra curly and crunchy. Once you layer these, you’ll be amazed at how great it looks.
Layer the petals together. I usually put the extra crispy ones on top and the floppier ones on the bottom to really emphasize the curling in of those petals. Arrange them so the petals aren’t stacked neatly on top of each other, but kind of go all over the place.
Use a thread that matches the organza, and come up from the back of all but one layer. This way your knot will be hidden by the bottom most petal. Sew on a scattering of beads, making some loops of five or more beads to look like little stamens. When you’re finished, go back down through all but the last layer to tie off your thread.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised I could make something so girly and pretty. It figures that it could only happen by accident.
edited to add:
Wow, what a great response! Isn’t it funny, I never even considered these would be useful in a wedding, and that’s where they really seem to be attracting attention.
Brides, if you’re interested in these just drop me a line. I do take custom orders.
Anonymous asked if I had any tips on how to make the petals bend more naturally. A little practice here is really the best teacher, but I found that if I held the flower over the flame in a certain way, I could kind of encourage how the petal was going to curl. I basically just held it so that my thumb was in the middle of the petal, kind of bending it as I held it over the flame. It will always be a little unpredictable, but this at least makes sure that all the petals curl in or out in the same direction.
Desanera suggested doing a modern version with layered circles, and I think that sounds fantastic. In my head they end up looking like ranunclus.
DMB suggested adding a stem to make a bouquet out of them, and I think she’s a genius. I’m sure you could rig up something with some wire and floral tape, but I just might have to experiment with that for a while.