Thursday, March 3, 2011


Last week I found this awesome tutorial on Holidash for making a dahlia, which is one of my favorite flowers.  Something about the shape and curves in the flower, make it so beautiful.   The tutorial on Holidash is a Mother's Day pin and is really beautiful.  So, I decided to try a version for myself.

This is my beautiful Model / Daughter, Mia!

I had to bribe Mia with a tea party to get her to model for me.  She loves hot tea.  You may notice that her dress doesn't exactly match the beautiful hair accessory I made for her.  She is currently dressed (in a Repunzel dress) for the ball that will ensue when her daddy gets home.  

There are not many supplies needed for this project.  I made paper templates in three different sizes. I was not precise with mine, but the Holidash tutorial says that they made the petals 1.5 inch, 1.25 inch and 1 inch.  You also need a sheet of felt, a glue gun and glue sticks, scissors and pinking shears.

The first thing I did was cut out all of the petals.  I pinned the paper template to the felt and cut each of them out.

I cut out 12 large ones, 10 medium ones and 10 small ones.  

Once they are all cut, I put a line of hot glue along the flat edge of the petal.  Then fold the sides to the center.

This takes a little time, but eventually all of them are done.  In the original tutorial they used fabric glue and placed a pot on top of the folded petals until they dried.  Personally, I don't have the patience to wait for glue to dry, so I used hot glue.  I found that if I just used a small amount and held it down for a few seconds using my fingernails that I didn't burn my fingers at all.   There is a bit of glue that squeezed out, but those portions will be covered up in the finished flower.

The next step is to cut out a 3 inch felt circle using scissors.  Then a 2 inch felt circle using pinking shears.  The final thing that you need to cut is a .50 inch x 4 inch strip of felt, cutting one side with pinking shears.

Roll the strip of felt and set aside.  Begin constructing the flower, but gluing the largest petals along the outside of the scissor cut 3 inch circle.

Continue gluing petals until they are all the way around the circle. 

Then begin the next row toward the center using the medium sized petals. 

After placing the third row using the smallest petals, put a drop of glue in the middle of the flower.  Place the circle cut with the pinking shears over the center of the flower and push it down into the middle of the flower.  Finally glue the rolled felt piece into the middle of the flower.  This will cover any exposed glue and hide the construction of the flower.  

My final step was to glue a clippie covered with velvet ribbon on the back.  

Here are some more shots of my completed flower and my beautiful model.

I have made two of these flowers now, one for practice and one for the tutorial.  I can't wait to experiment with the other things I can use them for.

The parties that I am linking this project to are on my side bar.

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  1. Oh my gosh - this is so darling! Your daughter is precious :-)
    Happy Friday and way to go on the flower!

  2. a white one would look lovely with a pin to put on a jean jacket over a summer dress!

  3. I saw this on be different act normal. Love these! Sooo cute! The color is wonderful!

  4. such a pretty girl! and pretty flower, that is such a great project! Thanks for visiting our blog. If you want, you can link this up to our "wicked awesome wedenseday" link party. I have still left it open.

  5. Love this! Thanks for the great tutorial! I definitely will give it a try!

  6. So cute! I just bought a bunch of colored felt on sale and need a way to use some of it. The flower would be cute pinned on a pillow or purse too. Super cute little girl too!

  7. Soooo adorable! Love the color! I would love you to link up to SPunky Junky


  8. Hi again Krysti,

    Love this tutorial! I'd like to feature it on my blog. I couldn't find a way to email you; can you send me an email at:
    handymancraftywoman(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks!

  9. Wow... what a gorgeous flower (and model too!). Found you via the linky party at bedifferentactnormal- am now off to follow you about! Come by and say hi sometime...
    The SpaNGler @
    The Quick Unpick

  10. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this, it's so pretty. And your daughter is adorable!

    I found your blog through the follow along. I'm now following you, and would love it if you would follow me back! =o)

    I can't wait to read all your posts!

  12. HI! so pretty hair pin and you daughter's a darling! found you through the follow along! new follower here ^^)

  13. That flower is so beautiful I have seen it around the blog parties and had to tell you I love it every time!

  14. LOVE this... Oh how beautiful (both the model and flower)! :D

    (found you through The Girl Creative's "Just Something I Whipped Up" party)

  15. Love it! So cute! I'd love to have you link this up at my new Link Party!


  16. Grrreat tutorial!! I have a huge bag full of felt that I've been pondering what to do with -- now I know!! If I make it, I will certainly link the post to you ;)

    Ps..I'm following from the blog hop at The Girl Creative =)


  17. Totally gorgeous! I too love Dahlias! I wanted them in my wedding but got married in January - no dahlias for me! :P Thanks for sharing!

  18. Super DOOOPER CUTE! Thanks for sharing and with great instructions!! :)

  19. Adorable! Think I'm too old to wear one? (I only have boys) lol :P

  20. Beautiful! And thank you for sharing the tutorial :)

  21. Thank you so much for linking up to Make Something Mondays!! Can't wait to see what you have next week!!

  22. Loves this! The model is supercute too! I think I must make one! came over from along for the ride.

  23. I saw the flower on that site too and I did this same thing with this flower and hot glue, i have no patience and I thought the pot was ridiculous! But they still turned out super cute!

  24. Absolutely adorable!! Thanks for much for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  25. So pretty! and your daughter is just adorable.


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