Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cork Ribbon Flowers



I was in Michaels the other day and came across cork ribbon on clearance for seventy percent off.  Wow, what a deal! I remembered this past summer when it was featured on Michael's Makers website.  I guess it didn't go over well with crafters. Too bad.  I love cork and think having it available in ribbon opens up more possibilities in creativity.  Regular cork is just too bulky and stiff to actually make flexible things.  I've always wanted to make flowers out of cork.  I actually tried to make small ones using wine corks.  But I wasn't handy with carving and gave up rather quickly.  Now I had my chance.  I bought two different sizes of cork ribbon and didn't waste anytime putting my cork flowers together.

I made accordion folds in the ribbon and cut out five petal shapes of three different sizes.






.  .  .  and curled the ends with scissors.


Made a slit in the bottom centers and hot glued the ends together. 



Cut out an inch circle of cork ribbon and started gluing the largest five petals on .  .  .




Continue gluing each size layer of petals on.


First layer: 5 large petals
Second layer:  5 medium petals
Third layer:  5 small petals


Cut a disk from the end of a wine cork and glue in the center of the petals.




Now decorate to your hearts' content!




Next, I made wispy leaf-like flowers by freehand cutting and gluing to stem wire. 


Makes for quite an airy look!









What do you think about cork ribbon? 





Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!





28 comments:

  1. I had never heard of cork ribbons until now. They really make beautiful flowers! So pretty.

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  2. I've never seen cork ribbon before. I love the textural look of the cork. Your flowers and leaves look amazing.

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  3. I love these! I've never seen cork ribbon before, but now I want some!

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  4. I have not seen cork ribbon though I did find some thin cork sheets in the scrapbooking section of HL. Love the flowers, but I must pick the wispy leaves as my favorite.

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  5. I've also never heard of cork ribbon. These are really cute though. I'll have to keep an eye out for cork ribbon at my local craft store.

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  6. So pretty!! Love this idea! Thank you for swinging by Snickerdoodle Sunday!!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  7. I have never heard of cork ribbon before. What a fun medium to play around with, Your rosettes turned out beautifully!

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  8. Wow - these are great! My klutzy fingers would never get those made without ruining the cork ribbon!

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  9. Wow! I have never seen anything like these! Leave it to you girl! They are just beautiful and it looks like a fun project to make!

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  10. What a great idea! I've never seen cork cut so thinly. I love both projects. Thanks so much for joining the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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  11. Your flowers are lovely. What a great idea!

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  12. That is pretty cool. Such a pretty bouquet!

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  13. So pretty! I love the natural look! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

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  14. Hi Gail! Your cork ribbon flowers are amazing! I love how unique they are :)

    I am your newest follower and I'm excited to visit again. Happy Wednesday to you! Hugs!

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  15. These are just lovely!!! I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party! Hope to see you there :) http://www.designsbymissmandee.com/

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  16. I saw that cork ribbon and wondered what I could possibly do with it!!!! YOU knew EXACTLY what to do!!! WOW!!! So creative, Gail!!! I'll just bet your brain never really goes to sleep!

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  17. wow! cork ribbon! I have never heard of it, but these flowers and leaves you have made are lovely. I must look in our craft store here and see if they have it. Thanks for the crafting lesson. I am joining you over at Ivy and Elephants.

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  18. Wow! These are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin

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  19. so beautiful! I have seen cork ribbon and wondered what someone would do with it, now I know. I am going to have to see if our local store still has some and play with it! btw, this was the most viewed post at last weeks Snickerdoodle!

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  20. Just gorgeous! I never would have thought to make flowers and leaves from cork. You are so clever and talented.

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  21. Beautiful, I really love the leaves on wire! I've never heard of cork ribbon I'm going to have a look around I think it would make a nice rustic touch to Christmas.

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  22. I think these are wonderful. I have never heard of cork ribbon but now I need some! These are so clever.

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  23. I just couldn't get enough of this, so I decided to feature this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see what you share with us this week :)
    http://www.designsbymissmandee.com/

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  24. Oh, that is amazing. My friend Tammy just guestposted a 'howto make a wreath with cork bow and ribbon', just days ago at my blog. Before that, I did not even know that that ribbon existed! Wonder if you'd like to come link your beautiful projects up at our linky party today? ~ Rose

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  25. Gail, you are the most clever lady I have come across on blogs! Those are awesome candle rings.
    Have a great week.

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  26. Wow fantastic I'm going to try to make these flowers on the candles so lovely I to never heard of sheets of cork now I'll have my eyes open

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  27. As always, your projects are amazing. I feel so blessed to have you as a bowdabra designer!!

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