Last night was prom night, and my friend and I made hors d'oeuvres before going: mini bacon bowls with buffet style fillings.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sew another petal on. Try to get the rounded ends aligned perfectly. Don't worry about the pointy ends-- we'll be cutting them off soon.
All strung together!
Time to cut off the pointy ends. Cut them off about 1/4-1/2 inch behind the place where the thread passed through.
Try to get the cut lines pretty even.
Now spread the petals out into a circular shape.
You get them into the flower shape by pushing down on the center bump.
Puff them all out, and then sew the last petal to the first to fix the shape of the flower.
Turn the flower over, and sew the bottom center area of each petal to that of its adjacent petal. This will help to shape your flower.
Now, turn your flower right side up and sew the indicated areas similarly. Try to keep these stitches small, as they will be visible.
Now flip your flower over again and do a running stitch through all the petals near the hole in the center...
...and then pull the thread in to close the hole.
Do the same for the top of the flower. You can stop here for a plain kanzashi flower.
I wanted an embellishment for the center, so I found some round clear beads and shiny-hanced them with Sally Hansen's silver anniversary nail polish (or whatever matching colors you have laying around the house).
I love these kanzashi flowers because they're so simple to make and versatile to wear. Some ideas:
- sew a bobby pin onto the back and wear it in your hair
- hot glue some to a headband
- sew it onto a ribbon for a bracelet or belt
- make a tiny one for a ring
- glue a pin to the back for a brooch
- recreate authentic looking geisha headpieces
- make two for shoe clips
- layer them
- make hundreds of them for a curtain
- or just a few for a mobile
Come up with some ideas of your own and have fun!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I say boutonniere in the title because I made it for my prom date, but this could easily be altered to make a corsage, or just any kind of decorative flower.
Also, I used sheet music (because it matches my dress quite well), but have fun with different colors and mediums =]
To start out, you'll need a bunch of kind of heart shaped pieces of paper. I used about 10.
Note: for the first, innermost petal, skip all the curling around the knitting needle and wrap it directly around the stem.
Curl the tips around a knitting needle
And wrap it lengthwise across the needle to form a valley
Wrap the petal around a floral tape wrapped wire stem, and secure it in place. I'm using duct tape in this photo, but floral tape and hot glue are good options too.
Ta-da! There you have it-- your one of a kind handmade rose =]
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Mother's Day is just around the corner, guys!
I just had little gifts, and didn't want to shell out $5 a box, so I made my own, bows and all!
First, you'll need 2 sheets of computer paper.
Make a large square out of each of them, but hold on to the rectangle left over-- we'll be making our bows out of them!
Now follow my folds!
(fold the other corners)
(See that square of four squares that my thumb and index finger are outlining? That's going to be the bottom of the box)
(make sure you tear exactly along that line, and only to the four square where the bottom of the box will be)
(Make sure you tear ONLY the lines shown here. If you do this to the other side, your box will fall apart)
Rinse and repeat to make the top of the box.
Now what to do with those leftover rectangles....
(Tear into four strips)
(This is a basic universal shape that I used in all of my decorations)
The decorating possibilities are endless!
P.S. plantable roses inside the boxes are from How Does She?. Check out the awesome tutorial there too!