These Valentine's Flowers Have Real Staying Power
Here at Southern Living, we love a good DIY. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Craft Box Girls – led by craft guru Lynn Lilly – are creating fun, easy-to-make projects to spice up your entertaining, wedding planning, or holiday gifting.
Flowers are definitely the way to my heart. My husband learned that very quickly in our early days of dating. I am currently swooning over felt flowers these days because they are easy, customizable, and they last forever! Enjoy this simple tutorial to whip up a colorful bouquet for a special friend this Valentine's Day.
Floral Wire & Tape (you can use pipe cleaners as substitute)
Hot Glue Gun (and glue)
Circular Object (at least 5 inches in diameter)
Cut a 5-7 inch piece of floral wire and tightly wrap it with floral tape. Stretch the floral tape as you are wrapping to help enact its sticky properties.
Place the circular object on the felt and use the chalk to trace a circle on the felt.
Cut out the circle inside the chalk lines. If there is excess chalk on the circle, use a paper towel to brush it off.
Starting at the edge of the circle, cut into the circle making continuous 1 to 1.5-inch scalloped cuts around the circle until you get to the center.
Starting with the inside end of the scalloped circle, hot glue the end of the floral wire.
Wrap the felt piece around the floral wire. Add drops of hot glue every few wraps to hold in place. Wrap directly around, making sure the felt does not slip upward or downward. The scalloped edges create the perfect rose petals.
Secure the end with hot glue.
If you have green felt you can also add leaves to your roses. Repeat to create a bouquet.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Tip: If you want to turn this flower into a hair pin or brooch, just omit the floral wire stem and hot glue onto a pin or barrette.