Monday, September 13, 2021

DIY Fall Sunflower Decor


Sunflowers are perfect for the Fall season! Using them is a good way to brighten your autumn decor - especially when they're in unique colors - which happen to be a beautiful variation for the lovely old- fashion garden flower. When you think of sunflowers for fall, you think of pretty blooms of bright yellow flowers - but they also come in cool shades of deep pink, and others, too!

I recently purchased fabric in a popular black and white check sprinkled with deep pink sunflowers from a site called Spoonflower. The fabric inspired me to make a few sunflowers out of foam sheets and to use a portion of the fabric to decoupage a vase for this month's Fall Crafts & Decor Blog Hop, hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd.  It's a fun way to usher in the Fall season!

So let's get started with making the sunflowers first.

Material Used:
  • Foam Sheets - 1mm
  • 4" circle template
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cardboard
  • Floral stem wire
  • Hot glue
  • Brown Chenille stems
  • Floral pliers
  • Black acrylic paint/sponge
  • Floral tape
  • Green crepe paper

Begin by drawing nine - 4" circle on foam sheets and cut out.

Next, fold the circle in half and .  .  .
fold again.
Then cut slits on the four folds.
Then cut slits evenly spaced between the four cuts and then two more evenly spaced between those slits .  .  .
for a total of 16 cuts. Then begin rounding off the sides of each segment. First one side and .  .  .
then flip the circle over and do the other side of the segments. 
Be sure to angle your cuts on the second segments to form a point on each segment or petal as you cut.
Once all the petals are cut, heat each one on a medium hot iron for a few seconds
folding the segment (petal) together while curling the tip down.
Continue heating each petal until .  .  .
all are folded and curved.
Repeat for each of the remaining eight circles. Then group in stacks of three.
Cut out three 1.5" circles from cardboard, punching a hole in center. Wrap the end of a floral stem into a circle using floral pliers, 
and bend into a right angle.
Then insert stem wire into hole in cardboard, gluing the bent circle wire in the center.
Next, twist together two chenille stems, end to end, and begin rolling one end together in a circle.
Add glue to the top of the cardboard and stem wire .  .  .
and attach the chenille circle. This will be the center or disk florets of the sunflower.
 Add black paint to darken and let dry.
Next, add glue to the bottom of the center and push stem through the center of a sunflower layer.
Then add the other two layers, gluing between each layer.
Once all three sunflower layers are in place, add a dab of hot glue to center stem, adding two more wire stems beside it and begin taping all together using floral tape.
Next, cut out leaves by folding crepe paper and cutting half oval shapes.
Attach leaves to sunflower stem wires using hot glue for a lovely effect.
To decoupage a glass vase with the black and white check and sunflowers fabric : You will also need Matte Mod Podge, brush, and scissors. 

First, make sure glass is clean and free of any dirt and oil and let dry. Then measure fabric around the vase where you want to attach it and cut out. Apply mod podge in increments to glass where the fabric will go.
Lay fabric down on top of mod podge, smoothing it out.
Next, lift fabric up and over to where you need to add more mod podge to glass. Continue adding mod podge and .  .  .
smoothing fabric down over the glue .  .  .
until you reach the area where you began. Make sure to line up the design before cutting off any excess fabric.
Then apply a layer of mod podge over all of the fabric to seal in place.
Cut slits in excess fabric on bottom, smoothing it out and let dry. Add a circle of fabric to area to conceal and cover with more mod podge and let dry. Sorry, I thought I had a picture of that.
How cool is this! Perfect for Fall!

Each month, a group of craft, home decor, and recipe bloggers co-host a themed blog hop. This month, we’re all sharing Fall Crafts & Decor Projects!
Our Co-Hosts:

Beverly | Across the Blvd

Click titles below to see how other’s met the Fall Crafts & Décor Challenge.

3 comments:

  1. Gail, your sunflowers and vase are so pretty. I love your detailed tutorial on how to make the flowers.

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  2. Your sunflowers are so pretty and I love the vase, too! Thank you for the step by step instructions! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  3. Your sunflowers are so pretty! I love the pink! And the vase looks great, too! It reminds me of MacKenzie-Childs.

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