Tutorial on How to Make Silk Flowers

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Silk flowers are long-lasting alternatives to real flowers when it comes to home decor. Silk flowers are also popular decorations for weddings, anniversaries and other large gatherings. Making silk flowers at home enables you to determine the size, thickness and color of the silk flowers, which can make it easier to integrate the flowers into an existing decor scheme. Design your flower based on real flowers for a realistic look.

Things You'll Need

  • Silk fabric
  • Floral wire
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen
  • Petal stencils
  • Clear glue
  • Green fabric tape
  • Fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Real flower
  • Purchase the materials you will need to complete your silk flowers. Most supplies, including the silk fabric, fabric paint, paintbrushes, petal stencils, glue and fabric tape will be available at large craft stores, such as Michael's or Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The silk fabric will most likely be the most expensive supply, with the cost ranging from $30 to $100 a yard, based on quality. Floral wire and floral tape may be obtained at your local florist.

  • Lay your silk fabric on a flat, clean surface with the right side facing down. Place your petal stencil on the fabric and trace around it. Trace as many petals as you like, depending on how many silk flowers you will be making and how full you would like each flower bloom. Cut the flower petals out of the excess material.

  • Paint color details on the fabric using your fabric paint and paintbrush. This step will vary, based on what type of flower you are creating. Use a real version of the flower for guidance. For instance, red rose petals will generally be darker around the edges than at the center, so dab a darker red at the edges to create a more realistic flower. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

  • Stack the petals on top of each other to create a layered flower effect of petals that mimics nature. Use three to four petal swaths per flower for fuller flowers. Gauge the number of petals, based on the real flower you are representing.

  • Measure the length of the real flower's stem and cut a piece of floral wire to the same length using wire cutters. Use a thin floral wire that will still support the weight of the bloom. Use several pieces of wire to create a thicker stem, if necessary.

  • Push one end of the wire gently through the center of the petal bloom you have created. Hold the petals securely in place to prevent them from becoming misaligned. This wire should go easily through the silk fabric without tearing. Secure the petals to the stem by spreading fabric glue on the wire and petals. Allow it to dry.

  • Trace and cut out any leaves you wish to place on your floral stem. Mimic the shape, color and number of the leaves on your inspirational flower. Glue a small piece of wire to the bottom of the left and then wrap it around the stem to secure it. Repeat this process for all the leaves you wish to have on your silk flower.

  • Wrap the stem and any leaf steams with green floral tape in order to finish and secure the stem.

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