Ribbon Flowers

My goal for a few months now has been to make flowers from the ribbon that is our wedding theme colours. During my quest, I scoured pinterest in an attempt to collect ideas. When that yielded only mildly promising ideas, I did general google searches, and got a book from the library. I tried some fancy sewing from said book, but it looked…weird (user error, I’m sure, the pictures in the book looked much nicer). I had nearly given up when I discovered this video! I’m sure there are others that are similar, but the level of simplicity and resulting flower were exactly what I was looking for.

So it was decided, and I set about finding a lighter. No, that wasn’t easy, because apparently in a feat of “we don’t care if a natural disaster hits” we had no lighter or a single match in our place. Thank goodness for these flowers, because now we are prepared.

The flowers start with cutting out some squares, melting the edges, making some cuts, and melting those edges. Simple.

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This is a deconstructed flower, composed of 5 layers of ribbon.

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Both constructed flowers

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Flower #1

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Flower #2

I love the petals of flower #2, they turned out much more rounded and nicely layered. But I feel that the center of flower #1 is a bit more appealing–although not quite perfect. I guess I may just have to buy more beads for the occasion, what a shame!

As for what to do with them now, well, the current thought is hair fascinator and/or shoe clips. But I’m still working on that, and, of course, the continued search for awesome things to make with the ribbon. Smaller flowers for boutonnieres , perhaps?

So, what are your ideas for other things I can make with the ribbon?

Getting Crafty With It

Apologies for the hiatus from posting! It has been a busy (roller coaster) few weeks, with very little time to breathe. Life attacked, amidst trying to get wedding plans in place. However, with the first (tiny) round of invitations out, and most of the booking-related items falling into line, AND a dress (yay!), it seems like things are right on track.

Our wedding colours are based on ribbon. Why ribbon? Because it’s a beautiful tie-dye ribbon with blues and greens, very serene and nature-y.

It was a simpler choice than trying to narrow it down to just 2 colours. And we’re both happy (which is a difficult thing to achieve, it took 2 weeks just to agree on shower curtains!). It also gives us flexibility in colour coordination. We can go with “as long as it’s on the ribbon” as opposed to “as long as it nearly-perfectly matches this shade of blue”.

My dress, it turns out, is a very rare colour, known as “pearl”. The sales lady said, “the best part of finding your dress so early is that you can coordinate decorations!”. But…it’s impossible to find anything that colour. So. White and ribbon colours it remains. I cannot say anything else about the dress, other than that to me it is the ultimate princess dress. Completely impractical for an outdoor wedding.

However, what “pearl” can be coordinated with is my fascinator and jewelry. I am initially tackling the fascinator, and so far I have the idea that I want leaves with flowers made out of ribbon (and possible out of part of my dress that’s hemmed off). This past weekend I actually had time to make a leave, which is a lot like a tree of life, but leaf shaped.

Instead of wrapping the end of each “branch” around the edge, I wrapped it back along the way it came and re-incorporated it into the “trunk”. In terms of wire, I used a 24g, and about 8 pieces that were double the length of my desired leaf size.

It wasn’t hard to make, took me a couple of hours total. The longest (and most frustrating) part might have been twisting the wire to make the leaf shape! I highly recommend having a pair of needle nose pliers for this, though, to pull the wire through tight spots as you’re wrapping. This would work great on jewelry, as well, perhaps as a pendant. And it could made smaller or larger simply by using thinner or thicker wire, respectively.

I am a bit concerned about whether it may get caught in my hair. I tried to tuck all the ends in properly, but even just the wire itself could tug a few hairs out of place. My theory is that if I’m going to have an infinite number of pictures taken of me, I’d better look damned good.