Thursday, September 24, 2015

Twisted Foam Fall Flower

I want to share with you this fall flower I made out of foam sheets to compliment a huge pumpkin I am decorating with bows and embellishments for a post at Bowdabra.com where I'm on the designer team.
The flower was so easy to make but a bit time consuming since I twisted all of the petals to help form their shape and texture.  

But to back track a bit,  I started with bright orange and yellow foam sheets out of an assorted pack from the Dollar Tree.  These foam sheets are much thinner than the usual ones found in most craft stores.

To begin, I cut out 2 inch wide strips .  .  . 


dividing the strips into two sections for the largest petals, three sections for medium size petals and four sections for the smallest petals.

Next, I cut out the petal shapes, saving all of the scraps.


 Then, to add texture, fold the petals in half .  .  .

and start twisting from end to end!
You can even crumble and twist together*, too!
*try doing this to music while you craft!!!!

It's fun to open each petal to see the texture and shapes created!


Have fun twisting the scraps, too! 
 They'll be used for the center of the flower.


Next, ball up a piece of foil and place in the center of a small piece of yellow foam.

Wrap  and stretch the foam around the foil and insert a floral stem in the center using glue to adhere.


Begin gluing on the twisted scraps around the foam ball.



Once all of the twisted scraps are glued on, begin gluing on the smallest petals, slightly overlapping around the base of the flower center.




Continue gluing on the petals by size  .  .  .


first, small - next, medium and finally, large -


until you're satisfied with the spacing and look.


To tone down the bright orange and add shades of autumn, wet a small sponge and smooth on yellow and plum acrylic paint mixed with a little water
for some fall vibrant hues.




Fall flower in different lighting .  .  .


and on the pumpkin!


Be sure to check out my post on decorating a pumpkin including this flower here.

                       Take a little time to enjoy


and


Happy Crafting!








30 comments:

  1. WOW, that is amazing. Who knew that dollar tree foam could end up as such a pretty flower. I want to try this not only so I can have an awesome looking flower but I want to do the twisting part too....lol

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  2. That is just beautiful! Do those foam sheets come in different colors? I can see this on packages for Christmas! Making them sounds like a good stress reliever. Lol. Hope you have a great weekend, Gail!

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  3. You are my crafting hero, my friend. I love what you do and everything you do is so ORIGINAL. Pinned and shared on facebook (sometime today). Linda

    https://www.facebook.com/TwoSucculentSistersCrafts

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    2. I don't know what's going on from my end, but I can only post a reply from someone else's comment.

      Anyway, I can't believe you made that flower from colored foam from the dollar store! It's beautiful and inspiring Gail! Have a wonderful weekend!

      Kelly

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  4. You are my crafting hero, my friend. I love what you do and everything you do is so ORIGINAL. Pinned and shared on facebook (sometime today). Linda

    https://www.facebook.com/TwoSucculentSistersCrafts

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  5. The flowers look pretty good! I love them!

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  6. Beautifully done. I like your crafts and they so original as Linda said above. Keep up the good work.

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    1. wow, that's so pretty, Gail.. I wish I was more crafty.. you did a fab job on this..
      Sonny

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  7. Beautiful fall flowers, Gail...I would love a nice big bouquet of them!

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  8. Foam sheets? What a great idea - I never would have thought of that!
    Ann
    http://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi Gail,
    Wow you made the pretties fall flower and thanks for the awesome tutorial on how to make one.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you and hope to see you again.
    Julie xo

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  10. This is gorgeous, Gail. I'm always amazed by your talent and creativity! Thanks so much for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

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  11. These look like so much fun!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  12. Another gorgeous flower crafted by your clever hands. Amazing!!

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  13. I never would have thought they were made of craft foam! Your flowers look amazing!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful, my friend! You make it look so easy :) Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - it's always a joy to have you at the party. Hugs!

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  15. I would have never thought at firs glance that this was not a real flower, wow you are so creative, the color is wonderful!!

    Thanks for stopping by to Linkup this week on #OMHGWW
    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. And I am featuring your post on my Friday Features this week. Would love to have you stop by and link your other lovely posts.

      Have a great weekend! Karren

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  16. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

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  17. Hi, Gail ~ I had no idea these flowers were made out of foam. They look so real! And they're beautiful! Thanks for linking up with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! See you again on Sunday night!

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  18. Oh my that is absolutely Gorgeous and if you would have told me that was out of foam without the tutorial, I wouldn't have believed it, love the colors added to them too!

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  19. Exquisite! Love the colors. Your directions are perfect. Thank you!

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  20. Wow - who would have thought that that was made out of foam? I love it!!! Pinning this to try. Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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  21. Wow! I can never imagine what idea you will come up with next.

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  22. What a cool flower! You did such a clever job on making it. I can't even imagine what a bouquet would look like. Thanks for sharing your project at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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  23. That is beautiful! So talented:). Thanks for sharing at #OMHGWW

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  24. Gail, you are simply incredible.....what a beautiful creation!
    JP

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  25. Girl, you blew my mind with this one! Just gorgeous! You are featured this week at Ivy and Elephants.
    Feel free to grab a featured button. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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