Sunflower garden

by brae  

One of the things I didn't get to before the Undersized Urbanite deadline was making a garden along the left side of the Studio.  I made two sunflowers but I need more!  :D

I've made Bonnie Lavish sunflowers before, and I highly recommend them.

But, I didn't have a kit so I tried to make them from scratch.  I followed this wonderful tutorial at MiniMumm: part 1 and part 2.  I made only a few changes to work with the materials I had on hand.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make the yellow petals.  I shaped each petal with a stylus, making one long vein down the center.

For the brown centers, I used some scraps of Velour Card Stock from The Crafty PC.  I painted it with a wash of Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana and then used a studio g circle punch once the paint was dry.  I cupped the centers slightly by using a stylus on the back.  I glued the centers to heavy gauge floral wire and let them dry.

I added the petals one at a time around the outer edge.  Once dry, I followed with another round of yellow petals.  I cut more petals from green paper and used those to make the calyx.

For the leaves, I used the leftover Bonnie Lavish leaves since I didn't use them all for the ones I put in the striped vase.  I've ordered more leaves and will make a few more sunflowers using this same method once they arrive.  :D


Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
The sunflowers are gorgeous - so cheerful, and they stand out really well against the cladding.
05/12/13 @ 23:39
Comment from: April [Visitor]
They really catch your eye against the contrasting red wall. This is such a good way to brighten up that little strip :)
05/13/13 @ 06:06
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
So purty!!!!!!
05/13/13 @ 16:16
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :D
05/14/13 @ 07:03
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I don't know how this happened but I missed this tutorial. Your sunflowers are perfect. Thank you for sharing your method!
05/18/13 @ 08:08
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Very pretty :) I love the picture of the back of the flowerhead the best.
05/21/13 @ 05:13

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