Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Burlap Magnolia Stem Knockoff

One of my favorite things to do is stopping by Pier1 to see what's new each season. I've gotten many inspirations by doing this.  I was there last week checking out the new fall arrivals.  There were so many handcrafted items  that inspired me.  Some, I knew would be easy to do, others, not so much.  I saw a bunch of burlap magnolia stems displayed in a large glass vase.  I thought the flowers pretty and different from your usual burlap bloom out there in blogland.  With lots of burlap leftover in my stash, I went home excited about trying to duplicate these awesome looking flowers.

  The first thing I needed to do was coat the natural burlap fabric with mod podge to make it stiff and shapeable. While the burlap was drying, I made a petal pattern out of poster board, trying to mimic the petals at Pier1.  Once the fabric was dry and the petals cut out, I tried my best to shape each petal by rubbing a small ball in the center of it while cupping it in the palm of my hand to curve the burlap as pictured.  This did not work.  I then realized that the Pier1 petals had a small wire in the center.  So I got out some floral stem wire (only had brown), and painted the wire tan to match the burlap. After drying, I cut the stem wire into two inch pieces.  The wire was glued to the center using Aileen Fast Tacky Glue.  For the stamen, I taped seven q-tips together with floral tape and cut in half, dipped them in mod podge so they could swell and dry fluff & stiff, and painted after drying.

     To form the flower, I swirled the petal tips around a pencil for additional shaping (you can do this before or after formation) and then hot glued four petals to the stamen first and next glued the other petals randomly layering between the gaps. using seven or eight petals per flower.

I know you're wondering what happened to the natural burlap magnolias.  I made one of each color as samples first and decided since I already had the white burlap coated with mod podge from another project, I went with using that to make all of the flowers. Besides,  I think the white magnolia flowers are prettier with the tan colored stamen and a bit more realistic (if that's possible).  I will definitely be making something else with the natural color blooms.

      Oh, and I left the floral wire stem as is instead of painting them. That got to be a bit much.

I like the blooms open, but you can close them if you want.

Have you been inspired by any handcrafted favorites for Fall yet?  I sure have!
Take a little time to enjoy,

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  1. Hi and wow these flowers are so beautiful and I can't believe that you made them! You are so creative. I saw it on I gotta create.
    Julie from

  2. This is awesome! What a fun and simple craft idea to brighten up a room. Love that they can be painted for any type of decor or holiday. Beautiful!

  3. I'm a Pier 1 lover too! I can't believe how great your's turned out, you are amazing at adapting an idea an making it better!!


  4. I'm in love with these flowers and pinning to give it a try. Not sure I can do as well as you did but I'll give it a go. Thanks!

  5. Your magnolias are absolutely gorgeous Gail! You never cease to amaze me. Love their simple beauty.

  6. Beautiful flowers! Great job Gail! :)

  7. Love your flowers. Burlap has come a long way!

  8. Gail that is just so beautiful, my goodness what you can't do with a piece of burlap isn't worth doing, truly amazing!

  9. You are a talent- those turned out great! I haven't allowed myself to think about fall too much, but I've seen a bit of some fall stuff in the stores.

    1. Gail, I love you white flowers a lot more than the Pier 1 ones!
      You did a fantastic job!!!!!!

  10. Congratulations! You've been nominated for a Liebster Award! Head over to my blog and accept it :)

    - Alma

  11. Gail I love your blog and your work because like me you are Purple Power lover! Your magnolias are so pretty! Thank You so much for sharing at the Fluster Buster Party! Have a great day! Lizy party co host!

  12. Love your step by step directions, and cannot wait to try it. Thank you.

  13. WOW I just love these!! another burlap craft for me to make ;-)

  14. These burlap flowers are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week, the party is live at 6 am est.
    Happy Thursday
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  15. These are awesome! I can't wait to try them! Thanks for posting!


  16. Gail, I love these awesome flowers! You did a fabulous job as always!! Just pinned and tweeted. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Always so thrilled to see your creations!!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  17. Just stopping by to let you know I featured your amazing flowers at Pick of the Bunch! Your projects are just always too awesome not to feature!! :)



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