Silk flowers to the rescue
If you are looking for an easy and cheap way to decorate your house, have a new centerpiece or even a bouquet, silk flowers might be what you need. The best part is that you can make them yourself with pretty basic materials and the end result will depend only on your imagination and creativity.
The first thing you need to do is decide what colors the flowers are going to be, it all depends on where you are going to put them. If you need them for your house or table, make sure to match the colors to your decoration. You can make realistic flowers, just look for a flower you like and find those colors; you can also go wild and create crazy-looking flowers that you would never find in nature. Maybe you want a specific flower shape but the color you need it’s not easy to find or doesn’t exist, that’s not going to be a problem if you choose to make your own flowers.
What materials do you need?
The first thing you need is fabric, it can obviously be silk, but you can also work with cotton, crepe, satin or polyester. Every kind of fabric is going to have a different texture and thickness. It all depends on what you want, don’t worry if you find a fabric with a nice texture but with an ugly color, you can always just dye it.
Besides fabric, you will also need scissors, PVA glue, wires, a wire cutter, paintbrush, cardboard, paint. The materials depend on what kind of flower you are making.
The steps to make basic silk flowers are:
- Deciding the kind of flower you want and the colors you need.
- Make the stencil you are going to use. Creating the right stencil will help you get the look you are looking for, you can make several stencils of different sizes if you are making different kinds of flowers, you can also buy stencils of the most popular flowers.
- Cut the fabric using the stencil. Be sure to cut the right size you will need, cut as many as you want.
- Paint the fabric or add details. If you are planning to leave the color of the fabric as it is, make sure to add some details like shades; this will make your flowers look more realistic.
- Use the wire to put the flowers and petals together. Use the wire as a flower stem and start adding the petals to the flower, a little bit of glue is always helpful, just be careful not to ruin the fabric.
- Use flower tape to cover the wire. Buy some flower tape of your favorite green shade and cover the wire.
After that, you should have your silk flowers ready and look beautiful, but if the idea of making your own flowers from scratch makes you nervous, you can always buy a bunch of silk flowers and improved them with a little bit of work, you can make gorgeous bouquets for weddings.
To make your own bouquet you will need the following materials:
- The flowers of your choice according to the wedding’s colors and decorations; roses always work nicely.
- Floral tape.
- Wire cutter.
- Rubber bands
- Silk ribbons
Basically, just start trimming anything that you don’t like about the flowers. They usually come with long leaves and stems, make sure to trim them. After you are happy with the way the flowers look, use the floral tape to put them together, wrap them as tightly as you can so they won’t end up falling apart. Keep adding flowers to your bouquet, you can always look for pictures online and try to get the same look. Try to keep the bouquet looking symmetrical, the same combination you do on one side, do it on the other side.
After you are happy with the combination of flowers, add some green to it to make them look natural. Use the floral tape to wrap them again and use a rubber band, just to make sure everything will stay together. The final touch is adding the silk ribbon and using the pins to secure it.
Give DIY silk flowers and bouquets a try! Dare to use your imagination and creativity and you might be surprised at how beautiful your house, dinner table or even wedding looks!