Guest Post: Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity
Hi, I’m Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity. I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, learning my skills alongside my parents and grandparents. I’m a former teacher who was sidelined by a car accident and immersed myself into crafting and blogging as a way to keep busy. Now, it’s pretty much become a full-time job and I’m loving every minute of it. I just love flowers – real flowers, fabric flowers, felt flowers, paper flowers, you name it – and I’m often incorporating flowers into my craft projects.
For these projects, the flowers are the focus of the whole creation. They are quick and easy to make and have so many applications. In the picture above, you can see two pretty little projects I made with felt flowers. First is three little felt flowers attached to a hair barrette. For the second project, I attached a pin-back to one of the flowers to create a brooch that was then attached to a greeting card – birthday card and gift all in one!
For this last project, I made a felt flower ring using a white pull tab from a juice container as the base.
To make these flowers, all you need is some felt, a pair of scissors, and some glue (I recommend one of Aleene’s Tacky Glues). For a folded felt flower (the one with the loopy petals) about 1- 1 1/4 inches in diameter, you’ll need a strip of felt roughly 1 inch by 6 inches. Place some dabs of glue along each of the long edges of the felt strip and fold it in half lengthwise. Make little snips along the folded edge to form a fringe. Then roll up the felt, adding more dabs of glue along the straight edge to hold it in place. Fluff out the “petals” (the fringe you cut). For the flower with the fringed petals about 1 – 1 1/4 inches in diameter, you’ll need a strip of felt roughly 1/2 to 3/4 by 6 inches. This time, you don’t fold the felt strip in half. Instead, simply begin making the little snips along one long edge of the felt to form a fringe. As with the first flower, start to roll up the felt strip, adding dabs of glue along the edge as you go. Fluff out the petals.
For more variation on either of these types of flowers, you can make diagonal cuts instead of straight, all in one direction or in alternating directions. You can also vary the look of the flowers by making the fringe cuts wider or narrower. Try out these same flowers using paper or fabric in place of the felt. Use in scrapbooking, on picture frames, to top a gift box, a headband, and for many more projects beyond just jewelry! Thanks so much Allison for allowing me to be a guest blogger for her today. I’d love for you all to come visit me at Creative Cynchronicity.