Yet another project I love! Perhaps I should stop saying this in my introductions. I found this idea on Vintage Image Craft and thought I could repurpose the project. Here is my take on this project. Lots of silk flowers (actually nylon most of the time) end up at thrift stores or garage sales. Discarded floral arrangements can be a bounty for the thrifty and creative.
silk flowers - several colors and shapes, daisies, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums work great
water based glue like Mod Podge and/or Tacky Gluepaint brushflat backed marbles or globspicture or saying printed on heavier weight papermarking penscissorspin back or magnetfelt (I found EcoFi, a felt made from post consumer plastic bottles at Michael's)+plastic wrap or other surface protector (the address portion of a FedEx envelop works perfectly!)
1) Pull the flowers apart, removing the plastic center and stems. You should have layers of flower shapes.
2) Prepare the paper that will serve as the flower center. Place the glob on top of the paper and trace around it with a pen. Cut along the line.
3. Using the paint brush, put a thin coat of glue on the flat part of the glob and apply the paper center you have just cut out. The image may be a bit cloudy until the glue dries. Let the glue dry until clear before proceeding with the project.
4. Stack the flower layers. I like to use 2 or 3, depending on the type of flower I am using. Glue the flower layers together, maintaining the center. I put a toothpick in the center hole and remove it as the glue starts to dry.
5. Once the glob and the flower stack are dry, you can assemble the pin. Put more glue on the back of the glob and attach it to the flower stack. I place the piece on a piece of plastic wrap with a stapler on top to maintain a little pressure and encourage maximum stick-age. Let this dry for a couple of hours.
6. Now you have to decide if you are making a pin or magnet. For a magnet, just glue a dot magnet on to the flower back, let dry and you are done!
For the pin, glue the pin back onto the flower. I cut a small piece of green felt over the pin back, cutting notches for the pin clasps. Glue on the felt. Let it dry thoroughly before wearing.
- If any of the glue gets onto the glob face(which it will), it can be removed with your fingernail or a green kitchen scouring pad.
- Watch the amount of glue you use to attach the paper to the glob. Sometimes an excess of glue will cause inks to run, which can look interesting but not be your intended effect.
- Mod Podge makes different types of glue. The "glitter" and "shimmer" types are really fun. I used a little of the glitter glue on the flower petals.