DT Challenge Finalist – Karen Baker
Congratulations to finalist Karen Baker of The Bald Dragonfly for her Chrysanthemum Flowers tutorial:
Chrysanthemums symbolize friendship and cheerfulness, a representation of them is a fine addition to a card a birthday card or package, a get well project or gift. You can make them yourself in any color or size!
These beautiful and full chrysanthemum flowers are really quick, easy and fun to make. Here’s what you need to get started:
- May Arts Ivory Silk Ribbon in the 1.25 width (SK09)
- Spray Mist
- Distress Inks
- Squirt Bottle
- Punched stiff paper circles
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun (not pictured)
- Heating Gun, as desired
First, cut a length of ribbon approximately 12 inches and fold lengthwise. Squirt the ribbon with water to keep the fold. Onto a craft mat or a sheet of wax paper, spray mist over your ribbon to the desired color. Heat to dry ribbon, if desired.
TIPS: 1. For a more aged look, add distress ink in a few choice spots.
2. The color of your ribbon will lighten as it dries.
3. Heat with heat gun to quicken drying time.
Next, cut slits 1/8 in. apart the whole length of your ribbon, on the fold side. Be careful to not cut through to the open fold.
After applying glue onto the center of your paper punched circle, quickly wrap your ribbon in a tight cone, place onto the base and then concentrically sweep the ribbon around the center, adding more glue to adhere the ribbon to the paper.
Once you’ve gotten the desired diameter of your flower, simply clip the remaining ribbon close to the paper base and tuck any extra under your flower petals with a final touch of glue.
Here’s a wrapped package showcasing different colors and sizes of the chrysanthemum flower.
Experiment with different colors and kinds of spray mists to achieve a rainbow of flower colors. (No spray mists on hand?-use your distress ink pads.) I use Glue Dots on the back of the paper circle to adhere these flowers in place.