Saturday, March 3, 2012

Make your own rose garden with fabric, crayons, and glue

I know faux foliage is out, but some of us aren't all that talented in the garden. What are we supposed to do? How about making our own flowers. No weeding or watering necessary.

Materials Needed:
White cotton material
Scissors
Water–based glue and glue gun
Floral tape, floral wire, and wire nippers
Cotton ball
Iron and ironing board
Paper towels
Old flatware knife
Crayons (colored pencils or watercolors work too)
Cornstarch and water

(This tutorial is based on the instructions given in The Art of Handmade Flowers by Miyuki and Tomoko Iida, copyright 1971. I have streamlined and defined some of the methods from the original  source. The pattern is one of many that can be found in the book.)



DIY Fabric and Crayon Roses



                                         * Use a dry iron.


Pattern from The Art of Handmade Flowers by Miyuki and Tomoko Iida. Arrows represent fabric grain line.













You can use any color of crayon in the box. The pale peach rose is neon crayon. The pale yellow rose is watercolored. The red rose is red crayon. Use multiple colors to get blending. Color hard or color soft. You can't do this wrong.



Ahh, I have a little bit of Spring now. The Texas Panhandle is notorious for its mercurial weather moods. With snow one day and 70º the next, no wonder the flowers stay sleeping.

BTW, this really was fun once I figured out how to decypher 1970's craft instructions. They didn't believe in step–by–step or pictures on the same page as the instructions.

Thanks,
Aimee

52 comments:

  1. These roses are so pretty! I'm a new follower. If you have a minute, please stop by my brand new blog. I'd love to have you follow me, too:) Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin. I'm off to make your Rolo cookies now. following too :)

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    2. Love these, so very pretty! I am following you on G+. I'd love to have you follow me too! My blog is new,
      http://ez4u2do.blogspot.com/
      Thanks for sharing!
      Debbie

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  2. First. this is sheer genius, sheer amazing genius!

    Second, that plate with the rabbits looks gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! The homemade starch is like magic. 70's craft books do have redeeming value.

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  3. This is amazing!!! I will have to try my hand at it and get back with you!!! :) Love love love!! xoxo- rachel @ bubblynaturecreations.com

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    1. Yes, show me how they turn out! Thanks for your comment.

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  4. These are awesome - I'm your newest follower and would love to invite you to come by and link up at my "Get Inspired Monday" blog party, which is open for links now. You can link up to 3 posts if you are interested!

    -Pamela, InspiredByFelicity.blogspot.com

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  5. Would LOVE it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd love to link up, Natasha! Thanks for asking me.

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  6. wow.. These flowers are TOO beautiful.. I love them
    Hani
    craftionary.net

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    1. Thanks, Hani. They're easy too, which is even better.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I love your jewelry creativity.

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  8. Love this idea. Beautiful. I'm your newest follower and would love if you could have a peak at mine. I love old craft books and after I get through my UFO's I should start on the books. Great idea!
    Carla
    http://www.createinthesticks.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Carla, aren't old craft books great? I'm impressed with your quilting talents. I have a few quilting books in my stash.
      ~Aimee

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  9. I am so impressed with your talent, oh my goodness.

    What an amazing and beautiful job you did!

    I could never EVER do that, I know it.

    WELL DONE!!!!

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    1. Michele, you absolutely can do this. It took me several tries using several techniques before I hit on what was easiest for me. Thanks for your nice comment.
      ~Aimee

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  10. Stopping by from the Getting Inspired Blog Party! http://queenofsavings.com

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  11. These roses are sunningly beautiful!!
    I am your newest follower through "Inspired by Felicity" - if you get a chance please checkout my blog:
    www.godsgrowinggarden.blogspot.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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    1. Thanks, Angie. If I could grow roses successfully, I wouldn't have to make them. :)

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  12. I cannot believe you made these, they look real! Excellent job, thanks for sharing the how-to!!

    Adrianne
    www.happyhourprojects.com

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  13. This is adorable! And so unique. I'm very excited to try it. I am your newest follower. I would love for you to check out my blog and follow back if you can. Thanks! ~Heather @ http://lovelybeautifulsmiles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Heather. Your photos are beautiful!

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  14. These are amazing. So beautiful! I would love to be on your link party list. My party – The Inspiration Board is up right now and I know my readers would love this. Hope to see you there.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/03/inspiration-board-link-party-40.html

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn. I'd love to join in.

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  15. What an excellent tutorial, Aimee!
    Another new follower from Debbiedoo's here :)
    Cheers!

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  16. These are stunning!! I would really LOVE to have you share these over at my link party thats going on now and if you like what you see become a new follower. Following you VIA Linky Followers
    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/03/homemade-by-you-3.html

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    1. Thank you for the invite, Katie.

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  17. These are absolutely gorgeous! I would love for you to come share with my readers on Blog Stalking Thursday. http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-31_07.html

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  18. Labor intensive but beautiful. Very beautiful!

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    1. Actually, the first one is labor intensive. After that, they go very quickly. Cheers!

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  19. These are absolutely amazing!!!

    Featuring this today on Serenity Saturday link party!!!

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  20. This is stunning!!! Stopping by from Serenity Saturday link party.

    http://craftyandcookingmomma.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Coleen. I appreciate your nice comment.

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  21. Beautiful. Saw it on Serenity You Saturday. Love the colors you've used. I'm a new follower.

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  22. Pretty flowers! Your blog is so neat : ) I love all of the little (and big) projects you do. Your photographs and instructions are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope I'm inspiring others to try the projects they have on the back burner. It's been fun to try the scary things. :)

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  23. muito bonito o seu trabalho! Parabéns!

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  24. What a unique & pretty idea! Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic party:)

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  25. I featured you today at Craftastic Monday - stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking!

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  26. OH wow!! I just found you through your interview today over at Suzy's Sitcom. What a great idea to do different crafts each week! and I love these flowers so had to come and see how you did them! I'm going to pin them to try sometime!


    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  27. Your roses are absolutely incredible! What an original and exquisitely detailed technique! So glad I saw your post featured by Cheryl at Sew Can Do!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  28. So pretty! What would happen if you used colored cotton fabric, and skipped the coloring, just cutting out the shapes? Also, I love the bunny plate! I have two of them myself, one in pink and one in red! :)

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