Lots to post if I get some time. Is it worth mentioning the weather? I don’t think so. Least said is probably for the best! They say Ireland would be beautiful if we could put a roof on it, ha ha.
I’ve been making some paper posies. They don’t take long and don’t cost much in the way of materials – most crafters have lengths of ribbon lying around and we all have glue! Bet you’ve tried every brand on the market; I know I have.
The first one I made, I used hot glue. How I didn’t end up in ER I just don’t know! The ends of my fingers had lots of little blisters by the time I’d finished – and the hot glue didn’t half hurt.
1. The pretty frill is a little posy maker from a florists. Get one of those as the mount for everything else.
2. Take a longish rectangle of newspaper – just folded and torn, no need for finesse.
3. Dampen it with a plant mister or sprinkle with wet fingers so it becomes soft and pliable.
4. Fold the sides-together until it is about a centimetre wide.
5. Twist it into a ‘rope’. Get it taut without over- twisting (so it doesn’t tear).
6. Form the twisted ‘rope’ into a circle – make sure it fits in the shape of the florist’s posy maker-and press the rope ends together. If it’s too big, you can always cut it shorter later. Just don’t make it too small.
7. Put it in the microwave (just the ‘rope’ ) for about 30s to 1 min or just leave it to dry naturally.
8. Glue the ends together so you have a hoop.
9. Get your paper for making the flowers together. I got two to three out of a sheet of A4. I like to vary the sizes to add interest. The templates are all over the internet – just Google till you find the ones you like. Most are extremely easy! Mine are made from spirals that are rolled from the outside in.
I roll them then bounce them in my hands a couple of times to relax the curl until I’m happy with the shape. Then glue the end of the spiral onto the bottom of the flower to finish them off. Make a whole bunch of them!
10. Get your rope and glue the flowers on the top and sides, make sufficient to hide the newspaper underneath – newspaper showing underneath is not a good look – and arrange them till you’re happy.
You could just make a floral wreath and not stick them to the posy maker at all – just add a fat ribbon bow and a ribbon loop to hang it up with, glue them on and you’re good to go.
11. If you’re making the full posy, glue the rope onto the posy maker.
12. Get some thin ribbon, form a loop and glue to the back of the posy maker.
13. Get some fat ribbon, make a bow and glue in between the floral arrangement and the posy maker. You may need to glue a tab of ribbon to allow the bow to sit a little below the flowers (I did).
14. A quick spritz of spray glue and a shower of glamour dust for pazzazz and sparkle and you’re done!
Floral wreath or pretty posy!
Hope you like and have a go at making some yourself. You can always show me your pictures; I would love to see them. Any questions, just drop me a line.