Spring Bouquet

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Materials:

  • 3 ?-inch clay pot
  • Various buttons for flowers on pot and for fabric flower centers
  • Acrylic paint (light blue, green, yellow, blue, red, purple and white)
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray Varnish
  • Floral foam
  • Spanish Moss
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fabric scraps with small print. Select a different color print for each flower and a green print for stems
  • Glue gun
  • Quilting thread
  • Sewing needle

Instructions:

Pot
Paint clay pot light blue below the rim. Paint the rim yellow. Paint a squiggly line around the center of the yellow rim with white. Paint various colors of spots around the rim. Using green and a stipple brush, paint the grass using a pouncing motion around the bottom of the pot. Paint various lengths of green stems and leaves around the pot above the grass. Let dry.

Spray varnish the entire pot according to manufactures directions. Let dry.

Glue various size and color buttons above the painted stems. You can use a small button on a larger button for a fun effect.

Cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside your pot. Press foam into your pot and glue Spanish Moss over the foam to cover it.

Flowers
springboquetfig1.jpg - 6977 BytesCut 15-20 strips of print fabric ? inches wide by 1 ?- 2 1/2 ? inches long. The longer you make your strips the bigger your flower will be. The more strips you use the fuller your flower will be. You can make as many flowers as you would like for this project and you can make them various sizes. Thread a needle and put aside. Fold each strip of fabric and stack them on top of each other with raw edges even. Poke needle in through all layers of fabric near raw ends (see fig. 1). Pull thread through fabric. Rotate each strip of fabric and adjust to form a flower. Thread a button onto your needle and bring needle back through button and back through fabric layers. Tie thread in back of flower and set aside.

Stems
Cut a piece of wire desired length for stem plus 2 inches. Cut a strip of green print ? inch x 18 inches. Glue one end of fabric to end of wire and slowly wrap strip around wire turning stem as you go. Leave 2 inches of the wire unwrapped for inserting into your pot. Glue end of fabric to wire and cut any remaining fabric off.

Glue the stem to the back of the flower. Poke unwrapped end of wire into your pot. Continue to make as many flowers for your pot as desired.

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