Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring fever

I've only had one daffodil bloom in my yard so far but I am so ready to see more. I decided to try my hand at making some mini ones today. My friend, Jayne, of Tallulahbelle Originals makes absolutely amazing daffodils but I used a much simpler idea. Not bad for the first attempt. The bowl on the table is part of my prize from Katie at Katie's Clay Corner. The bucket of flowers on the floor is a gift for a friend.

These are very easy to make. This tutorial is a variation of one I read online somewhere. I don't remember where so I can't give credit but I didn't come up with it on my own. I've combined that tutorial with some ideas from Jayne to make these. The first step is to paint a coffee filter, front and back, in the colors of choice. I used one filter to make both types of daffodils and the leaves. While the paint dries, cut 2 inch or so lengths of green florist wire. Make a tiny loop in the end of each stem and dip the loop in a bit of paint in whatever color you want the flower center to be. I used orange. Poke the stems into some foam or clay while the paint dries. By now the coffee filter is probably dry. I used regular office style hole punches - a circle punch for the cup and a star for the back petals. Using a small ball stylus, press the circle into a mouse pad to form it into a cup shape. Poke a straight pin into the center for inserting the wire stem. Put a bit of glue on the stem at the painted loop and slide the cup onto the stem and around the loop. Roll the cup between your thumb and finger to form it to size. Next poke the straight pin into the center of the star, slide it onto the wire into a small dab of glue. After the glue has set, thicken the stem at the base of the flower with a bit of green paint - I used forest green. While that dries, cut narrow leaf shapes from the green painted filter. Cut short lengths of florist wire, drag through the glue and attach the leaf shapes. Next I mixed tacky glue with my dirt (coffee grounds or dried tea) and put it in the potting container. Shorten the leaf stems so that the base of the leaf is at ground level and plant it. Bend the flower stems to a right angle about an eighth of an inch from the base of the flower, cut the stems to length and plant them. Arrange to your liking and let dry.

9 comments:

MiniMaker said...

Great job, very clever!

Doreen said...

Hey thanks De. That sounds pretty easy to do. I have done plants but not flowers so maybe I will start with the daffodils.

Jean Day said...

Very nice, really reminds me of the ones in our front yard. Thanks for sharing that.

MiniKat said...

Very pretty! The pineapple pot is perfect for the daffodils. :-)

rosanna said...

Thank you for sharing, I'll try.

Tallulah~Belle said...

Great job De...they look fantastic.

jayne

Katie's Clay Corner said...

Love the daffodils!

Also wanted to say it's nice to meet some one else who understands what the word dysautonomia is. I have never been diagonsed with POTS, but have had days where I question it. The whole thing really sucks, but Thnk god there's miniatures, huh!!! 2 thumbs up to you for helping 2 kids with it...I know how tough it can be to be a caregiver, too......We should email sometimes....maybe we could share tips?!

Katie

Mostly Art said...

What a great idea for paper! I never would have thought of coffee filters on my own, thank you!

De said...

I got the idea from Jayne at Tallulahbelle Originals. The filters work so nicely, though. They are not too thick and have a bit of texture so once they are painted you get a natural looking effect. Jayne is brilliant (and amazingly patient when trying new plants!)and I know whatever she suggests will look perfect.