Easy and Foolproof DIY Twine Flowers
Earlier this week, I'm brainstorming all the different ways I can finish off the ends of my doormat project when I have a great idea: Flowers! Being a Pinterest junkie, I immediately searched to see what other people have done. There are some really nice tutorials out there involving making a cardboard loom, like this one and this one.
So, I went about making a nice little cardboard loom, and then attempting to make a flower. About halfway through wrapping the twine around my loom, I got a little concerned. But I know that sometimes things look bad in the middle of a project, so I kept going.
And completely and utterly failed.
It looked like a picture straight out of a #nailedit pinterest-fail post. I had some hypotheses about why it didn't work (like my lines weren't all going through the center of the circle, and my cheapo sisal twine was a little to wild for this project, and I wasn't really sure I was weaving the twine correctly at the end) but I didn't really have a lot of confidence that trying again would produce a better result.
So I came up with my own method. In my opinion, it's a lot simpler, as evidenced by the fact I needed a lot of flowers, so I outsourced a bunch of the grunt work to my 16 year old TA (thanks, Carmen!) and she did all right. And I think they turned out pretty nice!
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- Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
- Wood Glue
- Parchment Paper
Step 1: Prepare Your Materials
Plug in your hot glue gun to start heating it up (mine takes forever!) and lay out a piece of parchment paper on your work space. Hot glue and wood glue do not stick to parchment paper, so you can glue your flowers together on the paper without worrying about a) making a mess, or b) getting parchment paper stuck to your flowers.
Step 2) Make your petals
Each flower consists of 5-7 petals (most of mine had 6). So, for each flower, you will need 6-ish pieces of twine that are about 3.5" long. 3.5 inches is the length of twine I cut for my petals, but feel free to make your petals bigger or smaller depending on the size petal you want.
To make the petal, shape the pieces of twine into a petal shape, and glue the ends together with hot glue. I chose hot glue for this project despite its lack of longevity due to the speed it sets. The hot glue will be dry enough to let go of in about 30 seconds (faster if you're impatient like me, and start shaping it with your fingers) and be fully cured by the time you're done with the next petal.
As you'll see in the picture, I only put a little hot glue on the ends. This is enough to keep the twine together without being bulky, which both makes the glue dry faster, and makes it easier to assemble your flower in the last step.
Step 3: Make the Center
This is, by far, the trickiest part of process. Your goal is to make something that looks like this:
However, if you're using Sisal Twine, like I was, it's pretty firm, and not inclined to go into a swirly shape. Additionally, the ends have a tendency to unravel as soon as you start swirling. So I started by putting a bit of hot glue on the end of the twine to keep it together.
Then I started swirling the twine, hot gluing the back side as I went along. I stopped and added glue ever rotation to keep the twine in place. At the end I cut the twine, and glued the last bit of twine to the circle.
Step 4: Assemble the Flower
Lay out your petals in a flower shape. We're about to glue the petals together, so if you're picky about which petals go where, now is the time to arrange them to your liking.
All the gluing we're about to do will be with wood glue now, not hot glue. Wood glue on wood-like surfaces is a lot stronger than hot glue. By using wood glue now, we reinforce the petals, center, and structure of the flower. I love Gorilla Wood Glue. It's inexpensive for a large amount, the nozzle is easy to open and clean, and it's super strong.
I put all of my glue on the back of the center of the circle (where I put the hot glue when making the center), like this:
Then flip your center over, placing the glue side right in the middle of your six petals. It should look like this:
Give the petal a few hours to dry, and you're all done!
Did you make the twine flowers? What did you use them for? I used them on my Rustic Doormat, but they're super versatile decorations, and I'd love to hear what you did with them!