Sunday, March 6, 2016

Handcrafted Forever Spring Crocuses



A sure sign of the arrival of spring is seeing the crocuses - poking their way up through dead fallen leaves, faded mulch or even late fallen snow. It's always a welcome sight in garden beds and landscapes.  And I love seeing the low growing, purplish cup shaped flowers suddenly appear after what seems like a long winters night, but unfortunately their blooms don't last long.

So, I'm joining a wonderful group of creative Hometalk bloggers to #DIY MY Spring . . .

and as my project, make handcrafted forever crocuses out of foam sheet paper in a natural setting. #DIYMySpring


Materials Used:
Foam sheet paper
Crocus pattern - cardstock/cardboard
Skewer stick/pencil
Chalk pastels
Scissors
Acrylic paint
Smooth surface electric griddle/iron
Faux stamen
Hot glue gun
Floral wire stems
Cookie or lollipop sticks (hollow center)
Floral foam
Dried Moss/mulch


Here's how:

 Cut out a crocus petal pattern from cardstock or cardboard and trace the pattern on a foam sheet using a skewer stick. You will need six petals per flower. Cut out the petals.

I love crocuses that are shaded with different hues of purple and white, so I used purple and white foam sheets and highlighted the petals with purple chalk pastels.



Next, I placed the petals on a hot smooth griddle (or iron) for a about 6 or 7 seconds to curve the petals.


To make the flowers, I hot glued faux stamens to the tip of floral stems (cut in thirds)

And then started gluing on the six petals, one at a time, around the stem and stamen.




After all the petals were glued on, I cut a cookie stick in half, painted it green and then inserted the wire stem into the stick to mimic the wider stems of crocuses.
I cut "leaves" from green foam and used green acrylic paint to shade. Then I hot glued the leaves to the stems.


To display the crocuses, I glued on pieces of floral foam to cardboard and . . .


 covered it with dried moss and mulch.

And then had fun inserting crocuses in the moss and mulch for an awesome spring display!


First signs of Spring!





I think these are awesome!   

 Be sure to check-out the link up below:
Happy Crafting & #DIYMySpring!!!

 




34 comments:

  1. WOW! I thought these were real! You are very talented! Beautiful!

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  2. Your crocuses look amazing Gail. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. HI Gail - Oh my goodness... I thought they were real until I scrolled down to see the DIY. Visiting as a fellow contributor to #DIYMySpring. Hope your week is full of sunshine! Hugs, Holly

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    1. Thanks, Holly for visiting! Heating the foam sheets helps to make them look somewhat realistic! Have a great week, too!

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  4. So very pretty and real life. of course I adore the color Gail. You make everything seem so easy. Lovely project.

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  5. Those crocus look so real! I know I have said it several times, you are such a creative and talented lady, Gail.
    Have a wonderful week.

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  6. Oh my goodness, they look so real!! I love crocus and how awesome that these can last as long as you want. Simply beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Shawnna! That's why I called them my forever crocuses. Have a wonderful week!

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  7. What lovely detail and so realistic looking! Beautiful!

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  8. So beautiful! I never would have guessed these came from foam sheets! And you can never ever go wrong with purple.

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    1. Thanks, Kelli! It's amazing what you can do with foam sheets!

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  9. You are amazing Gail. Those look so real and you have such a talent for getting the details right!

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  10. No way... foam sheets! Amazing! I really need to rethink foam sheets. You make it look so easy to make! ANd you have the wheels in my head spinning.

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  11. What a lovely tutorial. I have just bought some crocuses from my local garden centre this weekend.

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  12. So pretty. Nothing screams spring like a beautiful terrarium!

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  13. As soon as I saw those purple petals, I knew they had your name all over them Gail! Love love love and pinning to share.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous, my friend, and so real looking :)

    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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  15. Wow these are totally amazing, so life like looking, like your arrangement you made with them!

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  16. What a wonderful post. I truly enjoyed reading this. And thank you for commenting on my blog and leading me to yours.
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  17. Fabulous job! I just saw the cabbage dish and thought it was real and now your beautiful flowers...that I thought were real. Great talent.

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  18. What?! This is unbelievable! Gail, this is a masterpiece. I can't believe they aren't real!

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  19. What a gorgeous project! You are amazing! xxx Maria

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  20. Your crocuses are absolutely beautiful. When I first saw the picture, I thought they were real.

    thanks for sharing at SYC.

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  21. You truly captured the crocus! Is there anything you can't do with that craft foam? Good job Gail!

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  22. Unbelievable, Gail! The very best crafted crocus ever! The added touch of moss really pulled it together. Love this and pinned to share!

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  23. What an amazing project - I thought this was a gardening post at first as they looked so lifelike!
    Pinning away!
    Cheers

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  24. So pretty! This is going to be featured at Diana Rambles on Friday!

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  25. Wow Gail these flowers looks so pretty and real that you made.
    Thanks for joining and sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
    We hope to see you again and have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

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  26. Wow. I had no clue they were made with craft foam. Super impressed and ready to make some too :) Pinned!

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  27. These definitely are beautiful! :)

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  28. These are awesome! You make it look very easy.

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  29. SO very beautiful! I love them.

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