How to Make your own Environmentally Friendly Silk Flowers

December 1st, 20108:49 pm

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How to Make your own Environmentally Friendly Silk Flowers

There are a lot of reasons why a bride may opt to not use real flowers for her wedding.  For one, some people may have horrible adverse reactions to the flowers that you have (you never know just which one of your guests may break out into sneezes because of your rose centerpieces!).  Other brides opt for silk flowers because they realize the environmental impact that choosing fresh flowers causes.  For instance, did you know that most flowers that you buy from the store are not local?  They have been flown in from South America or even Canada.  Now that’s a whole lot of fuel being used just to ship in some fresh flowers!

Making a silk flower isn’t as difficult as you may think.  You can even choose ribbon and silks that will match your wedding colors, and your guests will love the fact that the flowers are handmade.  You can even give them out as a favor after your wedding!

What you’ll need to make your silk flowers are:

  • Silk ribbon
  • Thick green floral wire
  • Green floral tape
  • White glue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Start off by cutting the thick floral wire to the desired height of the flower.  You can find floral wire at almost every craft store, or you can also try your local florist.  This wire is going to be the “stem” of your silk flower.

Step 2: Take your white glue, and apply a very thin layer of glue to the tip of the stem.  Take your silk ribbon and wrap it around that glue three times.  Apply a small dab of glue at the bottom of the ribbon each time it winds around the stem so that it will be held securely.  Now take the glue and add small dabs along the bottom edge of the rose center at the top of the ribbon.

Step3: Take the ribbon and fold it back so that it is behind itself.  The tail of the additional ribbon should be hanging parallel to the stem.  You should notice that the fold you have made has created a triangular shape.  Now lift the dangling ribbon and continue wrapping that ribbon around the rose center, taking care to allow the bottom edge of the ribbon to stick to the glue that you had applied to the rose center.

Step 4: Now, continue to apply the glue along the bottom edge of your rose, again folding the ribbon behind itself.  This should give the petals a spiraled look.  Continue this process until your rose blossom is the size you would like for it to be.  Cut the ribbon off and then glue the end of the ribbon to the side of the rose stem.

Step 5: Take your green floral tape and tape it right around the base of the rose where it attaches to the stem.

And that’s all there is to it!  You can create centerpieces, bouquets, and displays using this process above.

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