A Tutorial: Fabulous Ric Rac Flowers

Let me start out with a warning or sorry of some sort.  The warning is because I have never done a Tutorial before, so I hope this is helpful and easy to follow.  The sorry is for how horrible my nails look.  I promise I did them after looking through these pics. WOW!

I thought I would start off with a Flower, I too, just learned how to make.  The prep time is seconds as opposed to other styles and Ric Rac trim is super easy to get at any craft supply store. If you are like me the color of Ric Rac you want to use will be the hardest part, I promise.

Material:

Time-Roughly 20 minutes

about 28 inches of Ric Rac ( This will make a flower about 2 inches in diameter) Suggestion: The thicker the Ric Rac the better

Felt (Any Color) One sheet will be fine depending on how many flowers you want to make.

Optional: Hair Clips, leaves or buttons

 

Step One: Take the two pieces and hot glue them together.

Note: You want to glue them together as if they are a mirror of one another. Hard to explain so I hope this pic helps. The direction in which you glue is important.

Step two: Lock in each curve of the first piece with the second. Act as you would if you are braiding them.

Say to yourself  “over,under,over, under”. You laugh now but it will help.

*If your piece does not look like this, then you most likely glued the two pieces going the wrong direction.

*When you are finished wrapping the Ric Rac, it should look something like this. It will look a little wavy but no worries. It will not effect anything.

* If  you want, you can go ahead and glue the final end together too.

Step 3: Start at either end and start rolling.

*Put a little dot of glue every inch or so. (I can’t emphasize “little” enough) This is one of those times when less is more.

*The Ric Rac is wavy now so you will have to be careful and make sure that when you are rolling, it is rolling flat.

If your flower is looking like this then you are doing great and can keep going.

* You can stop at any point if you are wanting a smaller flower.

Step 4: When you are done rolling, leave a tail as pictured.

*Be sure to tack with glue first, so that the flower does not unravel.

Step 5: With the tail of the flower tuck underneath and hot glue.

* If your tail is longer then the flower is wide, cut the extra so that it does not show when the flower is right side up.

Your flower should look like this when you are finished.

*To give a more realistic look use your fingers and flip some of the pedals outward to make it look like this

Pretty right?

* Depending on what you are wanting these flowers for, you can add some trinkets such as leaves and buttons

Here are two examples you can use these flowers for

Example one: A Barrette

*You will need at least two leaves (any size will work) and a piece of felt cut about 1.5 inch in diameter.

*Glue the leaves on first so that the felt will cover and leaves the flower looking nice.

*Add a clip to the back and Voila.  A darling new accessory to go with all your MJC pretties.

Another way to use these cute flowers is to dazzle any of your boring picture frames.

*You will need to make at least 3 flowers. I recommend making them in different sizes and colors.

*Using Ric Rac in different width will also give different shapes and sizes.

Cute right?

Well, I hope this was fun and easy for anyone of you who sat through it. I know it was a long, I’m making up for my absence next week. Lynette, Cindy, Carla and I will be in China. We leave Sunday and can I tell you how excited I am. This will be Cindy’s first trip and we are so excited to show her around. Pan and the girls are great and I miss them a little. They are always so good to us and lets be honest the shopping isn’t too bad either.

I have more flowers and ideas to share so I hope you enjoyed. If any of you ladies tried this, please send me a pic at matildajaneinfo@yahoo.com. I would love to see how you used your flowers. Thanks

XOXO

Kayla

 

     
Kristin Taron - November 9, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Cute!! Can’t wait to try these!:)

Alyssa Parkinson - November 9, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Kayla these are beautiful! At first I thought “oh that’s cute” but when you fold the petals out, it is just stunning and so simple. I am going to make a few this weekend! Thanks for the tutorial..you did a great job!

Amy Stoller - November 9, 2011 - 4:02 pm

Super cute. Thanks so much for sharing how to make one of your cute accessories. My daughter and I are excited to try this. I better hurry and get my supplies though…Fort Wayne will probably be out of ric rak in a few days. lol.

Amber Vaughn - November 9, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Ha.. that was so funny about your nails i dont know why.. I couldn’t help but laugh:) Seriously though can’t wait to try out the flowers for my girls; thanks so much.
Amber

Kim Hood - November 9, 2011 - 7:05 pm

Love the flowers!! Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. Kim

jill posta - November 9, 2011 - 8:26 pm

fantastic tutorial. can’t wait to try it. thanks for sharing :)

nancy isard - November 9, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Good job Kayla, I was wondering what to do with all my ric rac.

Erin M. - November 9, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Great tutorial! Definitely going to try this soon!

Rachelle Sipkovsky - November 9, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Oh wow!! How fun is this?!?! Can’t wait to ric rac away!! ;-) Have a fun and safe trip!!

Lee Mather - November 9, 2011 - 8:45 pm

I am not handy with this type of thing but you make it look so easy that I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks.

Kristi - November 9, 2011 - 8:49 pm

::two manicured thumbs up!:: Who am I kidding, they’re totally not manicured ;) These flowers are so very cute – thanks for sharing!

Karalisa - November 9, 2011 - 9:04 pm

How cute and fun!! Going to craft store tomorrow!!! Thanks.

Emily C. - November 9, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Very cute Kayla, thanks for sharing!

Holly Lafferty - November 9, 2011 - 9:44 pm

well i know what i’m going to go buy in the morning. so cute!

Stacey - November 9, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Thank You so much, I have been looking for different tutorials and low and behold I find one I LOVE by accident just looking at the site I LOVE!! These are so cute I will try it this weekend! thx

Monika - November 9, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Those are super cute and look easy enough for the girls to make themselves!! Looks like I’ll have to go ric rac shopping! Thanks for the tutorial, you did great!

jennifer cain - November 9, 2011 - 9:54 pm

fabulous. Can you say tie dye ric rack!!! here I come

Jennifer Valsted - November 9, 2011 - 10:36 pm

Wonderful tutorial!!! You explained things in perfect detail and I can’t wait to try now :) Thanks!!

Heather Farr - November 9, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Thank you! You ROCK Kayla!

Krista - November 9, 2011 - 11:52 pm

So nice of you to share (: Luv how you can leave it like a flower bud or in bloom. Great job!!

Jennifer Weiher - November 10, 2011 - 5:08 am

Thanks! I am not crafty, but am going to try this weekend. Looks like a fun project and simple too.

cate young - November 10, 2011 - 5:20 am

Thanks for sharing! Very cute!!!

hockeymom - November 10, 2011 - 5:48 am

That is awesome!! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to go buy some ric rac now!!!

Vanessa Blevins - November 10, 2011 - 6:37 am

Thank you so much! I have tons of ric rac that is now going to be flowers!

Carole - November 10, 2011 - 6:46 am

Running to the store today…see lots of holiday goodies! Nice and easy to understand! Please do some more!

JodiR - November 10, 2011 - 7:21 am

Yay! You rock. Thanks girl.

jessica dukes - November 10, 2011 - 8:45 am

i love this, so much easier than doing felt or burlap and the results are even better! i am going to make these!

does your blog do blog swapping or sponserships, i write daily and most of my pictures capture a little girl wearing your clothes, would love to advertise your brand with you all…since we already do! hah

jessica dukes - November 10, 2011 - 8:48 am

ha, one more thing! my flowergrils in my april wedding wore MJ dresses and they were perfect. love. thanks for being so creative and having awesome taste in fabric!

Rachelle - November 10, 2011 - 10:23 am

Perfect idea for cute little extra’s for my daughter and neices xmas presents!

Tiffany Stengell - November 10, 2011 - 11:54 am

What a GREAT idea! I love it! May have to buy ric rac just to make a couple!

Magda - November 10, 2011 - 12:29 pm

Clever and simply beautiful ! I will sure make one !

lillie - November 10, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Kayla, awesome job. :)

Natisha - November 10, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this!! I can’t wait to make them!!

Gran - November 11, 2011 - 5:40 am

Kayla, great job on the directions. Have a great time on your trip. Looking forward to hearing from you when you return.

Reyes - November 12, 2011 - 11:10 am

I found the information on this blog useful.

Laurie Shaw - November 13, 2011 - 7:07 pm

I am soooo not crafty but you made this looks so easy….I am looking forward to making some pretties…does it look cute if you interlock 2 different color ric rac??

tracy - November 14, 2011 - 10:13 am

My five year old and I made some of these flowers this weekend and they are adorable. We’ve decided to use them on our Christmas packages. Thank you!

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