For our first project back after Christmas, we figured that we should get into the swing of spring, so today, we’re sharing a Flower Forming Foam project. If you’d like to find out how to make this fabulous floral wreath, then check out this step-by-step!
This is a bit more of an advanced project in comparison to our other Flower Forming projects, but the finished result is truly beautiful. There are a fair few steps involved in putting this piece together, but we promise you, once you get started, you’ll be absolutely fine!
You will need:
- 300gsm white card
- Nesting circle dies (or something to draw around to create two different sized circles for the wreath)
- Collall All Purpose Glue
- Red liner tape
- A short length of thin ribbon (or some suitable alternative to hang the wreath with)
- A green ink pad to colour the top layer of the wreath and a blending tool (or a sheet of green card stock to cut the circles from to make the top layer)
- Flower Forming foam in a selection of colours
- Peony die set
- Leaves and Vines die set
- Flower Stamens
- An iron, or alternative heat-source
- Moulding Ball Tools and Foam Pad
- Petal Distressing Tool
- A length of floristry wire or jewellery wire (to manipulate the stamens into place)
- Watercolour pastels
- Harmony Water-Reactive Inkpads in Spring Meadow, Grasshopper and Pine Tree
- Blending Tool
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
To make the wreath:
Cut out six circles from 300gsm white card that measure around 6″ in diameter each. Cut out a circle in the centre of each to make the ring shape. The central circle cut out should measure around 4″ in diameter.
Glue three of the card rings on top of each other using the Collall All Purpose Glue.
Make a loop out of the length of ribbon and attach the ends to the card ring with red liner tape.
Glue the remaining three card rings together, one on top of the other, and then attach the two thick rings together with the ribbon sandwiched in the middle so that the ends of the loop are well hidden.
Colour the top layer of the card ring using the Spring Meadow Water Reactive Inkpad. Pat the inkpad on to your glass mat, mix the ink with a tiny drop of glycerine and use a blending tool to get a nice even coverage of the ink on to the card. Alternatively, use a sheet of coloured card to cut the circles for the top layer of the wreath.
To form the peonies:
Using the Peony die set, cut two small, two medium and one large flower from your chosen colours of foam.
If you would like to add extra colour to your flowers, you can use either an inkpad or water-based (or oil-based) pastels. Use a damp wet-wipe wrapped around your finger to apply the colour, as this allows you to control where the colour goes and add depth by applying more or less ink in different parts of the petals. It also allows you to blend colours together if you want to make two-toned flowers. If you would like the edges of the petals to stand out, you can edge them using Spectrum Noir alcohol pens in an appropriate colour.
Take one of the small flowers and place it on to the low heated iron, taking care not to burn your fingers. Leave it in place until the petals start to curl. When the flower starts to shrink, remove it and using the smallest ball tool and press the centre of the flower into the foam pad, so that the petals curl in even further. This will give you the centre layer of your flower.
Repeat step 3 with another small flower, but don’t leave it against the iron for so long. Remove it as soon as the petals start to curl, and use the next size up of ball tool so that the petals are still quite tight, but not as tight as the first layer. Place a small blob of hot glue on the bottom of your first flower and place it in the middle of this flower that you have just completed.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the two medium sized flowers, using slightly larger ball tools so that the petals are start to become slightly more open.
Select five or six stamens, and bend the end of a length of floristry wire (or jewellery wire) over to make a hook. Place the hook around the middle of the stamens and squeeze the end of the wire tightly against the stem, so that it traps the stamens in place, then bring the two ends of the stamens together so that all of the coloured ends are together.
Poke the end of the floristry wire through the middle of your flower, until your stamens are at the length that you want them to be. Open the hook out to release the floristry wire and trim the ends of the stamen. Place a small blob of hot glue over the stamen ends and flatten them against the bottom of the flower, to fix them in place (taking care not to burn your fingers!).
Place the largest flower against the iron until the petals start to curl, then remove, and place the largest ball tool into the centre of the flower and press into the foam pad.
Using hot glue, stick the final layer on to the rest of the flower .This will also hide the ends of your stamen.
To form the open flowers:
For the blue open flowers with stamens, use one large, one medium and one small die cut for each flower, and for the orange and purple open flowers, use two medium and one small die cuts for each flower.
To shape each of the petals, rub the edges of each petal using the Petal Distressing Tool (alternatively, you could just roll the petals between your fingers, but this takes longer).
One by one, hold the base of each petal on either side between your finger and thumb, and gently stretch horizontally, taking care not to touch the end of the petal, which has been distressed. This will cause the petals to curl inwards. (Miss this step out for the purple flowers, and just press a small ball tool into the centre of each flower, then layer and glue together.)
Turn the flower over and press the centre into the foam pad using a ball tool, so that the petals turn out.
Layer the flower and attach the stamens (if using) using the same method as in steps 6 and 7 from the peony instructions.
To form the small single-layer flowers:
Use one small die cut for each flower. Place the flower on the heated iron until the petals start to curl, then remove.
Press a medium ball tool into the centre of the flower on the foam pad to form the flower shape.
Take a small scrap of foam in a different colour, and cut a strip, the width of which will be the length of the stamen. Snip into the strip at regular intervals (approx 1mm). Roll the strip up tightly, placing a very small amount of glue at the base (unsnipped end) of the strip. When you have rolled the strip up, place a small blob of hot glue onto the base of your stamen, and stick it into the centre of the flower.
To assemble the wreath:
You will also need to cut a selection of leaves from the Leaves and Vines die set out of green foam to create the foliage for the wreath. Around 16 leaves will work for this size of wreath!
Use Grasshopper and Pine Tree Harmony Inkpads to colour the leaves.
Glue the base of the leaves to the base of the flowers as desired to create your arrangement.
Arrange your flowers on to the wreath and stick in place using the hot glue gun.
Phew! Like we said, there are quite a few steps in this project, but once you get the hang of how all the flowers are created, you’ll be flying through! Make sure you show us your finished wreaths on Facebook UK, Facebook USA, Twitter, Instagram UK, Instagram US, Pinterest UK or Pinterest US using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.