Mar 15, 2012

DIY: fabric scrap flowers

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time : minutes...hours
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
hazards : hot glue gun burns
would i do it again? : yes!

i've been looking for a craft i can do with minimal supplies because:
      1. we've already started packing for our BIG MOVE to the suburbs.
      2. there are no craft stores within walking distance.
             okay, a distance i'm willing to walk...
      3. i'm lazy. (see above unwillingness to walk)

i found some ideas online for fabric scrap flowers...they fit the minimal supplies requirement perfectly! plus i'm using up fabric scraps, so i'll have less to pack.


i experimented with different methods of manipulating the fabric into flower shapes: twisting. folding. cutting. knotting.


i love these knotted flowers and they're SO EASY to make.

here is my sweet bunch of flowers:

   > fabric scraps: i had a mix of old clothing and upholstery scraps 
            i found the floppier fabrics to work best.
   > wooden skewers (like those used to make kabobs) or chopsticks
            any kind of long, thin stick would be fine
               you could even use real sticks or twigs
   > scissors
   > hot glue gun

note: what i like about this project is that it is highly customizable. use whatever you have laying around: old clothes, blankets, sheets, etc. you could use ribbon for the stems...or paint them...or leave them bare!

01. cut fabric into strips. mine were approximately 2" wide and 18-24" long. the strips don't have to be uniform or perfectly cut -- just make sure they're long enough to knot at least a couple of times.

02. tie the strip in knots around the tip of the skewer. i used hot glue at this point to secure the knot to the stick (so it wouldn't fall off) and reinforce the knot (so it wouldn't come apart when i tied the next knot).

03. repeat until you can make no more knots. i got two or three knots from my strips.

04. when the ends and are too short to tie more knots, you can either trim them off or hot glue in place to make faux-knots. 

05. repeat with another strip for a larger flower. i did two or three strips per flower.

06. cut strip of fabric approximately 1/2" wide and 12" long

07. glue one end to the stick at the base of the flower, then wrap around tightly

08. when stem is fully wrapped, hot glue fabric to secure to stick

09. cut fabric for base of flower. this will hide the visible knots at the bottom of the flower and the top of the stem fabric. i aimed for a squarish shape, then rounded the corners with scissors.

10. cut slit at corner of fabric, then slide stem into slit. hot glue one corner then pull other corner around tightly (it will overlap first corner). secure with hot glue.

update: it's been well over a year and these flowers are holding up nicely. now that i have a professional stick-gatherer (my toddler), i think i'm going to do this project again using small twigs as the stems!
* mari
nope, you're not crazy.
this post was reformatted in september 2013.


  1. Omg Sooo cute! If only I had a hot glue gun! These would be perfect for say a wedding ;p

  2. hillary, you could take over the world if you owned a glue gun!...but i'll keep an eye out for you. mine is a mini one i bought over ten years ago and it still works perfectly.

  3. Flowers are awesome - but my favorite part this post is that you said you're lazy - lol, so far from the truth :)


  4. K, I am lazy!! If I didn't have a toddler to chase around, I'd lay on the couch all day and watch Real Housewives reruns.


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