Friday, February 12, 2010

Make Beaded Bouquet Tutorial By Creative Home Arts

Beaded Floral Centerpiece

Customize your centerpiece

By: Sharon M. Reinhart

Bead and arrange dimensional paper flowers to create a springy new accent for a table or desk. An inexpensive mini watering can, some pink cardstock, and a few simple supplies are all you need. Create in colors to match your home décor.

Finished size: 7 1/2" tall Centerpiece (2 1/4" Flower Heads)
Skill: 1 Time: 1 Cost: 2

You will need:

• Mini gold watering tin
• One 2 1/2" craft foam ball*
• Pink cardstock*
• Multi-layered flower rubber stamp*
• Brown ink*
• Metallic thread* - #7730
• Beading needle
• Seed beads* - pink & tan iridescent
• One yd. light pink sheer dot ribbon*
• 1" circle punch
• Straight pin
• Foam mat
• Five wooden skewers
• Craft knife & mat
• White craft glue*
• Foam mounting tape
• Double sided tape
• Cellophane tape
• Optional: Office paper shredder
Ruler, scissors

• See photo for details and placement.

STEP 1: Stamp flowers. Ink flower stamp with brown ink. Stamp image onto smooth side of pink cardstock five times.

STEP 2: Cut flowers. Trim around each stamped flower. To create pop-up effect, use a craft knife to cut around inner pointed petal up to rounded petal, and following stamped lines. Use this technique on two flowers.

STEP 3: Make stitching holes. Place flower right-side up on a foam mat. Use a straight pin to pierce one hole at outside end of straight line in each rounded petal. Pierce another hole at opposite end, just inside center of flower.

STEP 4: Stitch flower centers. Cut 24" of thread. Thread onto beading needle. Do not tie a knot. Using a single thickness of thread, insert needle through one pierced hole in center of flower from back to front. Pull thread through until approximately 1/4" - 1/2" remains on back of flower. Secure end of thread with tape. Re-pierce any holes covered by tape. Pick up one seed bead on end of needle. Insert needle through same hole to return to back of flower. Continue until every center hole has been stitched with a bead. Stitch one pop-up flower with pink beads and the other with tan beads. For remaining flowers, stitch one with pink beads and two with tan beads.

STEP 5: Stitch lines in flowers. Continue to stitch straight lines on pop-up flowers, stitching twice on each line. For remaining flowers, stitch lines from outer hole to inside hole two times, insert needle through outer hole once more (back to front), pick up seed bead on end of needle, and return to back of flower through same hole. Continue until complete.

STEP 6: Curl flowers. Use skewer or fingers to curl pop-up petals slightly forward and outside petals slightly backward.

STEP 7: Assemble flowers. Punch or die cut ten 1" circles. Adhere one circle on back of each flower over top of stitching. Attach skewer to center back using double-sided tape or white glue. Apply a strip of foam mounting tape vertically on each side of skewer. Adhere remaining circles on top with textured side out to sandwich skewer between them.

STEP 8: Attach ribbon. Cut five 3 1/2" lengths of ribbon, tie in a knot around skewer at base of each flower, and trim ribbon ends at a slant. Cut three 4" lengths of ribbon, tie in a knot around watering can handle, and trim ends at a slant.

STEP 9: Assemble in watering can. Push foam ball into watering can. Excess will be trimmed by edge of watering can as ball is pushed in, ensuring a snug fit inside watering can. Determine placement of flower picks. Trim skewers as needed. Insert flower picks into foam. Cut several 1/4" strips from pink cardstock using scissors, or if available, run through an office paper shredder. Crumple strips in hands. Adhere on top of foam with white craft glue.

  *The following products were used in this project: Bazzill Basics color pinkini • Blue Moon Seed Beads • Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk inkpad • Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate glue • Lizzie Anne Designs “Jolies Fleur” rubber stamp set • Michael's ribbon • STYROFOAM Brand Foam • Wonderfil metallic thread.

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