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.
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
* 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to see how you used your flowers. Thanks