Monday, February 14, 2022

Foamiran Pansies On Wire Frame


It's always fun shopping my craft room. Sometimes I come across items I've forgotten about or had no idea what I would do with them. Like this wire frame. I don't remember where I got it or what I had planned on doing with it. It must have been a great price especially since it's not quite my style, either. We crafters can never pass up a great price! Lol!

However, the wire frame makes for a great creative base with its' shabby chic character. And offers a uniquely shaped piece for home decorating projects, too!

Anyway, besides the wire frame, I found a few sheets of foamiran I had gotten sometime ago to make flowers. You know I love making flowers out of foam sheets - as seen here, here, here and here to point out a few, lol! So I decided to dress up this wire frame with pansies - a flower I've always wanted to make in foam! 

Pansies are a winter flower! They look so cheerful and most importantly for me, can be found in a lovely array of purple hues, too! So let's get started on how to make foamiran pansies to decorate the wire frame which I'm leaving in its' natural finish.

Materials:

  • Thin sheets of foam - 1mm or less
  • Cardstock pansy petal template
  • Scissors
  • Oil Pastels
  • Iron/skewer stick
  • Silicone textured mold (optional),ball stylus
  • Sponge/paper towels
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Acrylic paint - yellow/black
  • Narrow tip paint brushes
  • Small balls (center stamen/stigma)


First, I looked online for free pansy templates. There were lots with drawings of the different parts of a pansy, but I wanted to use a simple petal that I could combine five separate pieces to create a single pansy. Nothing intricate. So I made a pansy petal - roughly a triangle with rounded corners .  .  .

and measured it on a folded sheet of foamiran for size. And cut off the folded piece and folded it as many times as the petal shape would allow. Then cut out the petals .  .  .
and placed them in stacks of five to make a pansy.
Next, place a petal on a iron for a few seconds to soften and curl the edges, using a bamboo stick to hold in place and remove. 
Then quickly placed petal on a silicone mold, pressing down to imprint texture and veins. If you don't have a mold, an easier method uses a small ball stylus to add texture and veins by stroking along the inside of the foam petals.
Use oil pastels and a damp sponge or paper towel to color petals and .  .  .
shading with different colors, as desired.
Then gently shape petals by twisting and squeezing and lightly pulling foam into scalloped edges, as if tearing. 
Begin assembling pansy first with two petals, gluing tip to tip, left, right and  .  .  .
and in the center. Then add the two remaining in back, left .  . .
and right.
Next glue on a small ball for center stigma/stamen. I used a faux pearl and .  .  .

 painted it yellow and .  .  .
 

around the middle of the flower.
Let the yellow paint dry and then paint on black lines radiating from the center -
for a completed pansy look!
 And time to make lots more!
Placing them along the frame
adding more and more
until satisfied with the look!
Time to add a few green leaves by cutting out leaf shapes .  .  . 
which have mild serrated edges warmed with an iron and twisted into shape and glued in place.

I'm loving how this looks!
I found a poem online by Amelia Brown that is quite appropriate for this time of year.  I created a portion of it and placed on a handmade cardstock scroll glued onto cardboard and cut out .  .  .
and placed on the wire frame for a awesome look!
It certainly was fun shopping my craft room and finding items to make these lovely pansies on a wire frame. Just in time for this month's Challenge Blog Hop!  Where I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a themed monthly challenge blog hop on the 2nd Monday of each month, hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd! This month, it’s our Craft Room DeStash Challenge Blog Hop. And for this challenge we're to create a project using only items currently found in our craft stash! 

10 comments:

  1. " We crafters can never pass up a great price!" - never has a truer word been spoken!!! This made me laugh out loud!
    Your pansies are amazing, just so pretty, you'd really never guess they were made from foam. Pansies were always my granddads favourite, like smiling faces in the garden :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I agree with your granddad - a very wise man! Pansies are like smiling faces!

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  2. Your flowers are always amazingly realistic! I might just have too many of those items with prices too good to pass up, yikes.

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  3. Your pansies are just beautiful! I do like that wire frame too and had to laugh because I have SO many crafting pieces I've picked up here and there just because they were on sale and then really don't know what to do with them once I get them home. So I add them to my stash and wait for inspiration!

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  4. I am amazed by your flowers! They are so beautiful! And I love the shade of green you used for the leaves. So pretty! I'm pinning!!

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  5. I love how you have transformed the white foam, I would never have thought of using oil pastels, what a fun project from your craft stash.

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  6. Gail, your pansies turned out so lovely! I love the tips you included on how to use the iron. Placing flowers on the frame was a perfect way to use it. So creative!

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  7. You really created a cute design! Love how the pansies turned out. Great project!

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  8. WOW! Your pansies look so realistic! You always inspire me to craft harder! ;-) pinning and sharing on FB. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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