While recently in the Springs, I stopped by one of my favorite places - American Classics Marketplace on Academy! Anyone been there? Oh my, it is booth upon booth upon glorious booth of antiques, primitives, vintage everything and more! This place is HUGE!
Anyway, I have a few favorite booths and one is from a store that is no longer called The Gatherings. They closed their store and opened a few booths in this place. I love their finds! Everything is always expensive, but I'm always inspired to try something myself.
This is one of those projects! On my recent visit, I spotted some burlap sunflowers. They had little beads sewn on for the seeds or maybe french knots. And the petals were made of some kind of painted and maybe starched felt. The stems were just plain wire, nothing fancy there. These beauties were not really displayed in anything, just laying on a table. But, I loved them!
You've likely noticed that I haven't been doing much crafting lately - it is sad, but I don't know when to do it! There is no time!! However, after a couple of months of not doing anything, I set aside an afternoon (during nap/rest time) to make these and I am so glad I did!
To make the above, I spent probably about $1 and used all things I had on hand! If you love them too - here's how to make them!
First, select a container - mine started out looking like this and came from a thrift store for fifty cents. I covered it in scrapbooking paper, removed the lid and tied a bow around it.
Next, you need to paint the canvas so it will be dry by the time you need petals! Remember how we painted the canvas for the candy canes? Same idea here - I used only scraps from the candy canes for this project. Start with yellow - brush on to desired color.
Then, I put some ivory and some dark brown on a lid and used a sponge to sort of grunge this up. There is no perfect here - whatever you like, goes! It IS going to look messy - messy is GOOD! Now, just let that sit there and dry while you move on.
You'll need to decide what size you want your sunflowers to be - I made two sizes. One size was made out of a yogurt container lid and the next size up was my cereal bowl. I made five small ones and four large ones. So, cut out two circles for each flower from burlap. This piece was found at our local dump, however - it is not expensive in the Wal-Mart craft department or local fabric store.
After cutting out all your flowers, get out your pins. Pin the rounds together leaving an opening to stuff. Pin like so:
Go ahead and fill as fluffy as you like and pin closed. Stitch around the edge sealing filling inside! Sew about 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric.
Draw on the sunflower "seeds" with a brown marker. There is no right or wrong to this - however you like it is great!
Now, your canvas should be dry. Start cutting out petals. I just freehand cut one petal and then used that for a template for the rest. Cut out LOTS of petals!
Get out your hot glue gun and run a bead of hot glue along the stitching working a few inches at a time. Place the straight side of the petals in the glue overlapping or not as desired. More overlapping will require more petals! Repeat all the way around the flower and for each flower.
Head out to your yard and find some sticks! Poke those into the open weaving on the burlap to create stems. Glue in place if desired.
Poke the stems down into floral foam or a piece of styrofoam inside your container. Arrange as desired! Enjoy bringing a bit of summer into your home! I also thought these would make cute summery gift adornments (just leave the sticks off), pins (hot glue a pin on the back and omit the stem) or magnets (glue a magnet on the back and omit the stem)! Lots of fun things could be done with these!