Monday, April 13, 2020

Sunshine Yellow Foam Flowers DIY

"Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope"
                                                     - Lady Bird Johnson

One of the best things about Spring - the season of renewal - is seeing all the pretty flowers  - whether they're fresh or faux. And in these trying times if fresh blooms are not available, why not make your own! It's a wonderful way to uplift your spirits and keep yourself busy as you shelter in place!

Foam flowers are quite easy to make! You only need a few items:
  • Foam Sheets
  • Square templates - cardstock in various sizes (2-4")
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Hot glue
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
For these flowers, I used a few old packs of foam sheets I had on hand from the Dollar Tree. I don't think they sell them like this anymore but the sheets are nice and thin, perfect for flowers.
To begin, cut out the foam into squares using templates. I wanted my flowers to be rather large so I started with a four inch square, two 3 inch and two, 2" squares.  
And then folded the squares two times. 
Next, cut out a petal shape starting at one fold, curving around to the next folded side. 
Open the folded square to reveal the four petals shape. Trim petals around folds to make them more define. 
Place petal on iron for a few seconds to soften and curl the edges. 
Continue to shape petals by using the round end of a tool and pressing down in the center on a soft pillow or sponge, and twisting the edges, as if tearing. Repeat the steps for all the petals. 
To make the center bud, loosely gather one of the smallest petals, dabbing closed with hot glue. 
Cup the opposite petal and glue the edges around the first petal. 
Continue cupping the third and fourth petals around the first two and seal edges with hot glue to form the center bud.
Assemble the flower by applying hot glue to center of the largest petal and placing the next size on top. Continue attaching each petal to the center with glue in gradual sizes, staggering the petals until .  .  . 

the flower is formed. 
Isn't this beautiful! 
Cut out leaf shapes and use the tip of a phillips screwdriver to add leaf lines. 
Use scissors to serrate the edges for a realistic look. 
Soften the leaves by placing on an iron for a few seconds and then twist to shape.
Rub on acrylic paint with a damp towel to shade the leaves. 
Cut out sepals to encase the flower at the bottom the same way to make the petals, except cut a center point instead of curving. 
Then heat .  .  . 
and twist .  .  . 
and then glue on the bottom of the flower. 
They look just as pretty as real flowers!


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28 comments:

  1. Gail, your foam flowers are lovely. You are so talented! Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

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  2. These are so beautiful and fun! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Chas! You are quite welcome! I love playing with foam sheets!

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  3. your roses are beautiful and look amazing. Wonderful tutorial for making them. How about making a Mackenzie Child’s rose 🌹

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Funny you say that! I've been seriously thinking about how to make Mackenzie Childs flowers using purple checks, lol!

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  4. Your yellow flowers are so pretty and look so real. You such a talented crafter. Hope you have a nice week.

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  5. Thanks so much Julie for your sweet comments! Have a great week, too!

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  6. Those are absolutely beautiful! I never seem to know what to do with those foam sheets. Very clever. Pinned.

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    1. Thanks so much, Joanne! They're really fun to work with!

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  7. I always learn so much from your tutorials. Those flowers are gorgeous and I can't believe they are made out of foam. What beautiful flower decor!

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  8. These are so pretty!! I never would have guessed they were made out of foam. How creative!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I was inspired by a garden center near me that carries the most unusual foam flowers I have ever seen. They have something different each year. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see what's new this year.

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  9. Your roses look so realistic! I am forever amazed at your projects. Thank you for the step by step directions! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. Thanks, Marci! Of all the faux flowers out there, foam flowers are my favorites! So many unique pieces!

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  11. Wow, these look amazing! An iron plus your creativity equal awesome.

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  12. You are amazing. These are truly lovely. I thought the leaves were silk when I first saw them.

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  13. Wow Gail, are these flowers ever pretty! I had no idea they were foam flowers at first glance. You are such a talented crafter!

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  14. How pretty, they look so real! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 15 for Crafts and DIY, open April 15 to 25. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

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  15. Oh my goodness, these are amazing. I've always loved the faux flowers you make but this time you have really outdone yourself. The perfect cheery craft to lift spirits at a difficult time.

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  16. These are so pretty! I've seen flowers made from felt, but not foam before. Thanks for sharing at The Ultimate Pinterest Party this week!

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  17. These turned out so cool! I wish I had some craft foam left in my craft supplies, the last time I used craft foam was a long time ago.

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  18. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 16 for Gardening from my previous linkup for Crafts and DIY, open April 30 to May 10. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

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  19. OMW Gail, they're absolutely beautiful. It's Autumn on this side of the world so so all the flowers are getting ready to start cuddling under their Winter blankets. I'll have to make some of these before they hide away completely.

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