Have you ever seen something on Pinterest and become obsessed and think about it all the time and you knew that you had to create it yourself?
It wasn’t a DIY.
It was just a picture.
So you climbed the craft challenge mountain and tried to create it on your own and it didn’t work the first time so you tried something else and then that kind of worked and then you finally figured it out…
….and emerged victorious and showed that craft who was boss.
So you will understand why my heart beat a little faster when I saw this.
This was taken by my friend, Rhoda, when she visited Magnolia Market a while back.
I just couldn’t get those flowers out of my head.
See the variations in color? See the layers of petals? See how they’re kind of draped over the side? And the pink against the white and the layers?
I thought they were out of my reach. And then? I read on Joanna’s blog that the staff made them from coffee filters. Seriously? I have coffee filters. I have pink paint. I have imagination and floral tape.
And my coffee filters whispered to me that they want to look like…..
So I experimented and dyed the coffee filters with paint and tried a zillion different ways to make them look like the picture….
…and ended up a flower.
And then I spent the afternoon making more than a dozen of them.
I made this.
It’s a super-toned down version.
I realized later that in the original inspiration they wound the flowers around the branch and made tiny buds, too. I may go back and do that later.
But I love it just like it is, too.
It’s such a pop of color and the flowers were really easy to make (once I figured it out).
Here’s the flower DIY.
Step 1: Dye the coffee filters. This was super easy. Just mix up water and craft paint. I used 5 parts water to one part paint. I used two different colors of pink. At first, I just dipped the coffee filter into one color of the paint, but then I realized I wanted more color variation. So, I dipped one side in one color and the other in another color and created different color variations to give the flowers depth. Just have fun. Do not take the coffee filter too seriously.
Step 2: Let the coffee filters dry. This takes a while. If you put them outside in the sun, this helps speed up the drying process.
Step 3: Cut a slit in the coffee filter from the edge to the center.
Step 4: Roll up the edge of the coffee filter. Continue until you have completely rolled up the entire filter into a flower. Do not roll it too tightly. Loosey goosey is the look you’re going for. This is the center of your flower. Tape the end of the flower with scotch tape. Repeat the same process and roll another coffee filter on the outside of the center. I used two coffee filters for most of the flowers.
Step 5: Pinch the ends and tape with scotch tape again.
Step 8: (this is actually step 6, but I just wanted to see if you were paying attention) Tape a piece of floral wire to the bottom of the flower with scotch tape. Then cover the bottom of the flower and stem with floral tape. Fluff and shape and the flower is ready to decorate.
If the whole-swag-your-flowers-over-the-hutch-thing is too much….
…you might just tuck your flowers in a vase.
Then they’d look like this.
I’m so happy I saw that picture.
I’m so happy I climbed the craft mountain.
And I’m so happy my coffee filters know how to whisper. 🙂