How to make a Shabby Flower
Who loves flowers? Can you raise your hand? This girl….pick me, pick me!! I love them all. It doesn’t matter what color, what shape, size, style….I LOVE FLOWERS!! Which, by the way, have you seen my peonies from coffee filters? Shabby flowers are so beautiful to me. They have so many elements that I love in textiles. From Burlap to muslin to lace…it just doesn’t get any more me than that. There are no two of these that look alike…and they are so simple to make. If you don’t want to make your own, I am going to be putting mine on here very soon for sale. I’ve had so much fun making them…that I’ve gotten addicted to it. There are so many options.
All of these will be somewhat more clear after you’ve read the instructions.
- Let than a 1/2 yard of any two fabrics.
- Thin piece of cardboard cut into a circle.
- Hot glue gun and glue
These can be made any size you like…so all measurements and amounts are flexible. This is really just a preference project. You have to decide what you like…and go with it. But…here are the basics.
Cut at least 8-10 squares that are anywhere from 2″-4″. I say this because you can make these any size you want. If you cut them 2″…your flowers will be approximately 5″ across.
Cut about half as many of the next color…in about half the size. So, if you cut your larger squares 2″…then cut these around 1″.
Cut your circle out. Mine are all different sizes…but approximately 2″ to 2 1/2″ across. I punch two holes in mine…and before I begin…I place a scrap of jute or ribbon through the holes for tying the flower onto whatever.
Fray the edges of all your squares…just make them shabby.
Begin by folding your squares off-center in half.
Now fold them off-center in half again…I place a dab of glue in this fold…just to secure it.
Now glue it alone the outer portion of the circle…about 1/8″ from the edge.
Take your next piece…and place it about halfway over the first. Continue this pattern all the way around.
Take you smaller squares and fold them in the same way you folded the larger ones.
Begin gluing them by starting in the middle of two of the bottom squares…and continue around.
Now fill the center with something pretty…like a few hunks of lace, threads from fraying the squares are pretty under a little jewel. A button, a bow…really anything you like.
Here’s a simple cross with a pearl glued to it.
A bead. It really doesn’t need anything else.
Use your shabby flowers for just about anything:
A ponytail holder.
How bout an accent for a pair of flip flops?
Or you could attach it to a boot. How cute is that?
Here I’m using one for a brooch.
You can tie it to a purse for a really classy accent.
I love these for using on my natural gift wrapping …it couldn’t be more perfect.
How about a curtain tie back? Here I’m using it on some drop cloth curtains in my living room!
Here’s a darling accent for one of my coffee bean bag pillows.
And finally…a perfect accent for a pooch collar.
What are you gonna do with your shabby flowers?
Tammy, These flowers are just darling! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
You’re so welcome….They are really easy to make too! I would love to see yours when you finish some! 😀
Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline says
Tammy ~ oh my heavens I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Sharing all over the place.
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Awe. . Thanks Mary Beth. They are really easy to make. .. and I love that they use up scraps that are usually too small for anything else.
LOVE them!! Can’t wait to try to make some for brooches! Would also be pretty as accents on lampshades!
About how many squares do you use to make each flower? I am more a sewing person, I think I might try taking each one down and using something else in place of the cardboard. These are so cute, thanks!
Gloria, I used between 8-15 squares on the first layer…and about half as many on the second. It really depends on how large you’re making your flower…but I don’t think I used more than 15 on any of mine…even the really large ones. Yes…you could certainly sew them…but it does get really thick when you start adding layers. Good luck! 😀
These are so fun! Pinning and sharing!
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Thank You Jeanette. They are lots of fun to make too! Have a wonderful week!
Wow – gorgeous Tammy! I wish you could come over to my place and we’d sit, dish and craft up bushels of these! Pinned!
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That would be so much fun Heather! I wish so bad I lived close to my bloggy friends. Thank you so much Girlie! Love ya!
Cheryl @ Artzzle says
These are so pretty and endless opportunities here! Gotta try it!
Thank you Cheryl…I agree…the ideas are endless…and once you begin thinking about it…they just keep coming. I’m so glad you stopped by!
Robin~All Things Heart and Home says
I soooo love these! And love all the ideas on how to use them! ox
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Yay! I’m so glad Robin! And, I’m glad you stopped by! Have a great week!
Tina Buenzow says
I love these! i wish you would show more of your gift wrapping with burlap and muslin…i love that idea for wrapping special gifts!:) thank you for sharing!!!
Tina, I have a post that I did some in…and you can bet there will be more this year! In the mean time…here’s the link to last years.
Angie dutton says
I love these flowers! Vintage is my fav! I saw these on a cross as an accents but not near as fancy as yours:) I will take this idea an make some wonderful Christmas gift for friends and family:) thank you so much!
You’re welcome…I’m glad you like them! Have a great day!
Ana R Kreeger says
Love love these awful pretty flowers. Hope to try and make some for presents. 🙂
Thank You…Yes they make good gift bows…and then they can use them for something else…so a gift…on a gift! 😀
I made one of your flowers, it came out cute. I posted it to my blog with a link to your site. Thanks! http://www.glutenfreepoodlehome.com/?p=2347
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Thank you for sharing! That was really sweet of you to share! Thank you! Have a wonderful week!
Tina Buenzow says
What kind of camera do you use? Your pictures look so good! i notice this on most blogs!
I have a Kodak that I bought at Walmart probably 7 or 8 years ago. Lighting is you friend…and your enemy. Try to use natural…not bright direct light…as few shadows as possible. Almost any camera will work if you hold it still enough…or use a tripod.
Karen E. says
Would you mind telling me what kind of glue you used? I think if I just used Elmer’s that it would eventually not stick together. Plus some glues are water soluble too.
Not at all Karen. I just used regular ole hot glue. I haven’t had any problems with it coming off.
I love these flowers, I will be making some of these soon. I will post pictures when I make some.
Awesome Gerry…I can’t wait to see them!!!
Pam Zirbel says
I have made these, well similar, not the squares but circles and I absolutely LOVE them!! I love all the fabric YOU have used!!! Love it I tell you!! Well done
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Thank you Pam. Aren’t they fun? I just love everything shabby! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I made a couple of your flowers they were so easy and so much fun. I can make them with any color scraps I have.I am always crafting but this time my hubby kept saying make more they are so cute. so I am planning on making several for spring.thank you for great instructions.Susie
Awe…that’s wonderful! I always love hearing these kind of comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed my tutorial. I’d love to see some of your pictures!! Have a wonderful day!
Kathy White says
Love your flowers, I made several today. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. They were so fun to make, very free spirited.
Hey Tammy, I just wanted to say how much I love your flowers. Customers in my store just eat these things up. I do have one question if you dont mind me asking….what fabric did you use for the flower in the 8th photo (the first finished flower that is really stringy looking). I just love that look and I see burlap but ive never seen it fray like that or maybe I am doing something wrong if that is what it is lol. I would love to know because I just love that stringy look. Check mine out on my blog http://www.liverandomlysimple.com
I LOVE your blog and will be back for more! I am new to the blogging life and maybe some day you would let me pick your brain about some of the plugins you use. There are so many elements to your blog I am liking! I am off to check out your decorating with junk section…so excited. At my store American Clutter, we upcycle and repurpose so I get giggly excited to see what other people do with random things!! Ok enough rambling..hope to get to know you 🙂
Jess, the bottom or base layer of that flower is burlap. I fray it by pulling out strings on each end…one at a time.
Thanks Tammy! I was thinking it was twine or something floating through there. I just love these soooo very much lol. I have tried making them like yours and I think I have just made them my way for so long that it isnt working for me lol. Hope you had a great Labor Day 🙂
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Thank you for posting this! It turned out perfect!!!
Jaime Agee says
Hi, I’m trying to figure out a cute way to do my drop cloth curtains. I love the flower as the accent by the way. Could you send me a picture of your curtains? I think I’m having a creative block. Thanks! Love the tutorial as well.