February 2, 2012
Make It : Giant Dwarf Forever Fleurs
Posted by Laura Kaesshaefer
Today's guest post is brought to you by Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf:
Hello there! My name is Sue Eggen & I'm the heart & hands of Giant Dwarf, a handmade company located in Philadelphia. I draw inspiration for new designs in nature, so I spend a lot of time at my local park, just steps from my studio. Since it's wintertime here, there's not much in bloom, but there is an abundance of branches. With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be lovely to create flowers with those forgotten twigs. I designed Forever Fleurs from hearts & leaves cut out of Fancy Felt, one of my favorite things to work with. The combined textures of wool & wood are so life-like, they are the perfect alternative to freshly cut flowers. This simple no-sew project is an elegant design that's easy on your budget & a joy to create. Enjoy!
Fancy Felt (10, 9 x 12 inch pieces available here).
*note: I recommend 3-4 hearts & 1-2 leaves to make each flower, but don't be shy to use more to create fuller stems. (I used Rhubarb for the hearts & Moss for the leaves in the tutorial.)
Found twigs & branches
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Templates - they're free! Print the hearts and leaves here.
Floral tape (optional)
1 Gather supplies & plug in your glue gun.
2 Print the templates and cut out the shapes. Trace hearts & leaves onto different colors of Fancy Felt, then cut out the fabric pieces.
3 To make the flowers, place a small dot of hot glue at the bottom of a heart, then pinch it to the top of the twig. Be careful not to get any hot glue on your fingers!
4 Repeat Step 3, turning the twig slightly when gluing each petal until the flower has been formed.
5 Fold the petals back to make your blossom bloom.
6 Using the same process as in Step 3, add leaves to create greenery. If you'd like a few pieces of filler, use leaves instead of hearts.
7 For a clean finish, on your freshly picked posy, secure the base of the flower with floral tape.
8 Now that you've planted your first seed, continue to grow your garden until your heart's content.
9 Give a single stem to your sweetheart or an entire bouquet to someone you admire this Valentine's Day.
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