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!
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
– 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
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