Ya know what makes me crazy?
Finding a perfectly good pack of wipes totally dried out and worthless. Anyone else hate throwing that money away? (Edited to add: Yes, I realize you can just add water, but it’s still frustrating.)
Well good news.
It’s Spring now and those dried out ghosts of diapers past just happen to make a mean gerber daisy.
I’ve been wanting to make some white felt flowers to brighten up my enough-of-the-red-already upstairs, but as it turns out, I was almost out of white felt. So when I found yet another dried out pack of baby wipes, I decided to give Huggies with Aloe a whirl.
Toss in some burlap scraps, a coat hanger and a quick repurposed vase and voila!
Soft, natural colored flowers perfect for that dark living room …
… and a bright punch of color for my new office …
all made from stuff I was going to toss anyway!
Want to make your own?
As always, I hope you Rock What Ya Got and adapt this project to use what you have on hand.
And 3 quick disclaimers right now: 1) I had to reshoot a few pictures at night so sorry for those, 2) yes, I really need to repaint my nails, and 3) because of the whole “re-shoot” thing, there are samples with natural and orange burlap that interchange. Sorry for that. Obviously you’ll use same burlap color for the center, back and label.
Open up a metal hanger, straighten out and cut stems. Mine measured 16, 17.25 and 19 inches.
Bend the top 1/4” of each stem 90 degrees and set aside.
On a dried baby wipe or piece of felt, trace and cut out a 5” and 2” circle. (The cheap-o wipes won’t work well; you need the thick “good” kind).
To shape the large petals, fold each 5” circle into eighths …
… cut down the middle, stopping a 1/2” before the bottom …
… and round each petal so that your circle looks like the one above.
Layer the petals, off-setting slightly …
… and poke a small hole in the middle with scissors.
Glue each of the layers together with a ring of hot glue around the center hole.
To form the center, take all four layers together and cut closely-spaced slits around the edge about 1/2” deep …
… and ruff up the edges with your fingers to create texture. Poke a small hole in the center and glue each layer together with a ring of hot glue.
Then glue both circles together.
Slide the stem through the hole and glue in place with a generous blob of glue.
Don’t worry if the flower seems pretty floppy at this point.
To finish, cut a small circle 1.5” wide and thread stem through the center, gluing to the bottom side of the flower.
Your flower should be rock solid now.
To make the center, cut a 1/2” x 6” strip of burlap and twist to make a small rosette--trimming as necessary—and hot glue in place.
(Rosette tutorial HERE)
Congratulations: flowers are done. Onto the vase.
Cut a 4” x 11” scrap of burlap and attach to bottle with hot glue.
To transfer the design to fabric I cut a rectangle scrap from an old dress shirt, ironed it to a piece of freezer paper, trimmed it down to 8.5” x11” …
… and then ran it through my printer.
(Detailed freezer paper tutorial HERE)
I used a rotary cutter to trim each label to 3” x 11” and then attached it overtop of the burlap and glued it in place with hot glue along the back seem.
Quick, easy, done.
A soft, feminine label for the neutral colored flowers for the living room …
… and a bright, soda-shop inspired label for the orange flowers in my office.
Love ‘em both.
Two fun options with the same design.
So whether you like classy …
… or splashy …
Have fun cutting up those baby wipes!
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