Flower Adornment – Make mine a brooch!

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My great-grandmother used to wear the most beautiful brooches. I remember as a little girl wondering over how pretty they were as I sat on her lap and smelled her perfume.

Thanks to my dear mom, who always fires my creative flame – I know how to make the sweetest flower brooch – from old paper back pages, tulle and feathers.  What joy!

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This flower could be used as an adornment on just about anything. I made one for my eldest’s birthday with pages of an old book – she’s a fantastic writer and is just about to finish her degree in English literature, so it seemed fitting – but any unique paper would look great. Imagine a d0zen of these made from music sheets decorating a Christmas tree!

Tools and Materials Needed:

For the pedals:

  •  Tim Holtz Alterations BigZ Die

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– Alternatively, hand cutting a similar shape would work great!

  • Die cutting machine
  • Craft Glue
  • Coloured Tulle (fine netting as used on wedding veils)
  • Small coloured feathers
  • standard sized brad
  • old-fashioned button

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Step One: Cut from your favorite paper 5 large flowers, plus one extra

Step Two: Cut from the coloured tulle netting –  4 large flowers

Step Three: Paint the front and back of the paper flowers with craft glue. This will stiffen the pedals and allow shaping and curling later

Step Four: When the glue coated flowers are dry, trim the flowers as follows:

Flower #1, #2 and #3 – Leave as is

Flower #4 – Trim away one pedal

Flower #5 – Trim away two pedals

Step Five: On Flower #4 and #5, with a touch of glue (hot glue or craft glue), fold over the trimmed side to form a slightly curled 4 and 3 pedaled flower

Step Six: With the tulle netting, trim only one flower of one pedal, and glue as in step five.

Step Seven: Layer the larger paper petals with the tulle petals and adding the progressively smaller petals and tulle  (Flower #1 at bottom; Tulle net flower; Flower#2, Tulle net flower; Flower #3; Tulle net flower; Flower #4 (trimmed to 4 pedals); Tulle net flower (trimmed and glued to 4 pedals); Flower #5 (trimmed and glued to 3 pedals). Rotate each layer slightly to offset the pedals

Step Eight: Insert metal brad through the center of each  layer and flatten at the back. Trim brad ends if necessary

Step Nine: Glue feathers around the back of the bottom flower, bending where necessary (hot glue works well)

Step Ten: Glue extra flower over the back to cover the brad back and the feather stems and glue the button on top of the brad head.

Finishing: With the end of a pencil or paintbrush, curl the pedals slighty as desired to give a dimensional feel to your new creation

Add your favorite choice of clips (safety pin, brooch pin, bobby pin, croc clip – use your imagination!) and adorn away

 

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