Monday, November 7, 2011

Fake out Flowers

I'm in the process of packing up my apartment and I've come across lots of odds and ends that I am keen to craft-up into more useable "prettier" bits and pieces before they need to be shipped/packed/boxed/given-away/tossed. A while ago I bought some beautiful fabric from Dongdaemun Market in Seoul and I've attempted a few flowers using the fabric strips - I've tried a few different methods to try and see the one that works the best. I think it will depend a lot on the type of material you use and the kind of flower effect you are looking for.

1. Cut the fabric into long strips.
2. Tie a knot in one end of the fabric.
3. For the first method, I used a clothes peg to hold the knot in place and then applied glue on the edge of the knot and rolled the fabric strip along the glue, securing it again with the clothes peg until the length of fabric was finished. (.... yes... ahem... someone needs a manicure. Fingernails courtesy "Dior canvas"  and the epic canvas-painting project I recently commenced. )

The second method I tried was to  -

4. Tie a knot in the end of a fabric strip, then apply glue to the end piece of the knot.
5. I cut out a circular piece of card and glued the knot and extra fabric end onto the card and then rolled the remaining fabric around the knot securing it onto the card as I went.
6. I also pegged the fabric as I was going along so that it was easier to hold and helped the glue to set. At the end I just glued the knot to the backside of the card.
et voila!

You could turn these into really pretty necklaces, headbands or brooches and they would look really good in a white tatty/lacy material or a solid black. I'm going to be using them on the canvas project that has made my nails so "beautiful".

I've been on a craze for fake-flowers lately using a variety of materials so if you're keen to see a few more - you can have a squiz at my pinterest board


Lindsay du Plessis said...

You're far too creative for my brain. I've also started contemplating leaving Korea, but I won't be dong anything with leftover materials, alas!

Wazza said...

You crafty wizard you ;)

Bailey Schneider said...

So creative and pretty!! I'd probably glue my fingers together.

Che Kershaw said...

OOOH!!! take pictures!!! haha :)

Che Kershaw said...

i LOVED this korea post!! I'm going to miss SoKo SO much!! :(