How to Create DIY Plastic Flowers
There’s something about happy vibrant colors that I find so inspiring, especially at this time of the year, and these diy plastic flowers were so much fun to create.
With all the winter white that got dumped on us late last week, I found myself really needing to make something fun and colorful on the weekend.
Enter these colorful plastic balls that I shared in my Fabulous Finds Friday post last week.
I found a couple of bags of these for a dollar each, and I think they’re bouncy castle balls.
I’m usually easily enticed by colors like these, but especially so in February.
Cutting the plastic balls to create diy plastic flowers
The first thing I did to create my diy plastic flowers was cut a small slit in the seam of the plastic ball.
I used an exacto knife because it seemed the easiest way to do this, but don’t cut the whole thing with the knife.
You can easily insert scissors and cut along the seam of the ball.
This is safer and more accurate than using the xacto knife to cut the whole thing.
The edges don’t have to be perfect because these are going to be cut up to make flower petals.
Creating the petals of the diy plastic flowers
I put a piece of painter’s tape on my scissors so all my cuts into the plastic ball half would be a similar depth, about one inch.
These plastic balls were quite easy to cut into with ordinary every day scissors.
When done cutting my ball half looks like this.
I pressed the bottom of the ball up in the center and it opened up the flower, making the petals easier to cut.
Here’s the complete flower after cutting the petal shapes.
You can keep it like this.
Or, by pressing the center down it can look like this.
TIP: By trial and error I discovered that if you cut down too deep into the ball half when cutting in the petals you can’t manipulate the middle to create the two flower shapes.
By making a lot of small narrow cuts you can have a fringed flower like this.
Or like this.
Gluing the DIY Plastic Flowers Together
With just little dabs of hot glue I put my flowers together.
I mixed up the colors and flower shapes for interest, and added decorative buttons for the centers.
The finished flowers kind of remind of funky water lilies. They are super fun and colorful.
Once your flowers are done you can do with them what you want.
Whatever you like really.
Using the plastic flowers on a wreath
I decided to glue some jute twine to the backs of my plastic flowers so I can use them on a wreath without making them permanent.
Then I simply tied the flowers around a jute wreath that I made by covering a styrofoam wreath form with jute rope.
Using the jute twine makes the ties disappear, and makes the flowers easily removable .
So I can use both them and the wreath again.
You can add more flowers if you like, and use other colors too. Or create flowers that are all one color. Anything goes!
I love love love color, so these crazy color combos work for me.
And I like having just the three flowers. Not having too many, or anything else like a bow competing with them, really makes them pop.
But those are just personal preferences.
Creating is all about doing what works for each of us. Whatever you love is what works. 🙂
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!