Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cherry Blossom Foam Flowers - DIY


It's Cherry Blossom Festival time and the trees are bursting out all over!  They are so pretty - especially this year since old man winter roared and hung around way too long. 
Want to preserve those beautiful spring memories by re-creating a blossom look that will last forever?

It's really easy using foam sheets, eye shadow, scissors, faux stamen, a hot plate and hot glue.

Here's how:

1.  Draw a small and medium size petal template on cardstock or cardboard and use that to cut out petals from white foam sheets.  For a single flower, you need 5 petals per flower, small and medium.

2.  Use pink eye shadow from the dollar store to shade the white foam, pink, on both sides. Regular pink foam sheets are just too dark for this.

3.  Place petals on a medium temp hot plate or you can use an iron.  Petal will curl when ready. Use a skewer or tweezers to remove from heat.

4.  Gently shape petals by twisting and squeezing edges and lightly pulling foam into desired shapes.  You have to work quickly before the petals cool off completely. 


5.  Glue stamen in center of one petal.

6.  Glue another petal to edge of first petal, overlapping a bit.

7.  Continue adding additional petals, up to five, one at a time around stamen.

8.  Apply additional glue to edges to "cup" the flower.


Collect branches from nearby woods or gather some that were recently trimmed and hot glue the blossoms on.






These blossoms will surely last forever and add a splash of elegance and charm to any décor!




Take a little time to enjoy


and

Happy Crafting!
















50 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm amazed at how such a simple craft medium turns into these gorgeous flowers! Absolutely perfect for spring.

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  2. I never knew foam sheets can be shaped into beautiful flowers. I will never know how to make foam sheets so versatile because they are kind of stiff. You are a genius!!

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  3. My oh my you always amaze me Gail! Who would have guessed you used eye shadow to highlight the flower with!

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  4. This is just beautiful! So creative. Looks like a long process but completely worth it. I think I am going to pull out an old coffee pot I have to try this with. Pinned.
    Poppin' over from Snickerdoodle Sunday
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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  5. These are gorgeous! I don't have a hot plate, but I'm going to try an iron. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. You're flowers are beautiful. I would have never thought of that technique. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  7. The blossoms are more art than craft. I loved the pitcher idea in the last post!

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  8. Where do you even buy a hot plate????

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  9. Your blossoms are absolutely beautiful Gail! Just perfect for spring.

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  10. Gail, you've done it again! How beautiful and realistic looking!!

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  11. These are absolutely gorgeous, Gail! Pinning and sharing. :)

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  12. Where do you come up with these fantastic ideas? This is just gorgeous. I am pinning this for one of my "next winter" projects! I would love a whole bouquet to sit in my kitchen! Cheers Gail.

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  13. These are beautiful! Great idea. Pinning it.

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  14. This is awesome idea.. Love it :) Thanks for sharing dear!

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  15. What a unique craft! Love a good project!!

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  16. This is SO CUTE! And I love that any shade of eyeshadow could be used (who says they have to be pink? It's a fake flower already!)

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  17. Very pretty, Gail. Where did you get your stamen?

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  18. So pretty! You are so creative, and thank you for the tutorial!

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  19. Oh my gosh, these are so cute and very pretty! I love that you can make these on your own. I printed off your directions and will be trying these for a Mother's Day gift. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Blessings, Amy

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  20. These are so pretty. You are so creative. I love cherry blossoms.

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  21. I am so in love with these, Gail! The color is stunning and I love how you put them on real branches. You are amazing, my dear :) Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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  22. These turned out great! They look so nice. :) Good idea.

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  23. So So SOO very creative! These turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  24. Hi Gail, I love your beautiful foam cherry blossoms - such a great idea! I'm featuring them at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party this weekend. Have a good one!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  25. These cherry blossoms are just gorgeous!!!! Wow~ Thanks for leaving me a comment today. I am your newest follower after backlinking to find you! xo Diana

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  26. You know, after making my succulents out craft foam, I also made some flowers like these. I didn't paint mine and didn't post yet. Yours turned out incredibly beautiful. xo

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  27. So Beautiful and very creative, wonderful project!

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  28. Just stopping by to let you know that I'm including your flowers in My Favorite Things roundup tomorrow! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  29. How clever and so beautiful. Your flowers are simply stunning. Well done... :)

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  30. Just beautiful Gail...not to mention VERY creative!!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us!

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  31. Just beautiful Gail...not to mention VERY creative!!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us!

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  32. Your blossoms are beautiful! What a great idea!

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  33. gorgeous and so creative!! Thanks again Gail, for sharing on our bowdabra Crafty Showcase!!

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  34. Wonderful! You are such a creative lady! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Oh my goodness, Gail!
    Those blossoms are so delicate and beautiful! You are so talented!

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  36. Oh my goodness - I saw this on HomeTalk and am so glad I clicked over here to your blog! This is genius!! Who'd have thought that something as inexpensive as foam sheets could turn into something so pretty and elegant?! I can't wait to try this!! (PS - You have a new subscriber! ;0)

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  37. Hi Gail. These are so, so cute! I'll be featuring your project at The Scoop this Monday night. Thank you for linking up!

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  38. Ahhh so very well done! I love how you got them to curl and look exactly like a cherry blossom for real! Thanks for sharing with us at Home Matters linky party. Hope you join us again and feel free to invite a friend:)

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  39. Absolutely beautiful and creative! Featured as my favorite for this week's Turn It Up Tuesday!
    Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  40. I just love Cherry Blossoms...this is an adorable idea!

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  41. Another wonderful foam flower tutorial ...Loved it. Thank you for sharing
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  42. Such a great idea, they are absolutely beautiful! Hope you'll join us at AMAZE ME MONDAY and share!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  43. Gail, I love these flowers! They are gorgeous and I can't wait to try my hand at this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  44. these cherry blossoms are so pretty! love how easy the tute is too - you are such a sweetheart to share with us! Now we can have cherry blossoms decorating our home year round!

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  45. These are gorgeous! I love that you gave such a detailed tutorial, too. You are so creative, Gail!

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  46. Wow. these cherry blossoms are so sweet and pretty would make any area look cheery.

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  47. These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us.

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  48. I received an arrangement for Valentine's day with red roses, tulips and purple calla lilies. The presentation and quality of Same Day Delivery Flowers was amazing. From the paper packaging to the handwritten note atop a flower stem, these are the most beautiful perfect flowers I've received.

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