Homemade Flowers

First let me say this is not my idea.  I discovered this (here) and she deserves the credit.  However, I had just bought some baking cups and was getting ready to mess around with them.  So here is my take on how to make them.  This is a long post, man I need to get me a video camera to make these instructions easier.

I found these at M’s but you can find them just about anywhere.  These are plain white but I also used candy cups that were foiled and they are smaller.

I also discovered after making several of these I like the flowers made with 5 layers better than the ones made with 3 layers.  I’m sure this is just a matter of taste.

The first thing I did was to take 5 white baking cups and used some chalk ink to give them some color.

I only inked one side of the cups.

I wanted them to have some shimmer so I decided to use my LuminArte water colors.  I’m sure you could do this some glimmer mist but I wanted a deeper color and shimmer and they worked very nicely.

I covered just the outside of the cups and didn’t worry about the white center since this area would be covered with a brad, crystal or button.

I also used my heat gun to help dry the watercolor paints.

I also used Mod Podge on all 5 cups after they were painted.  The Mod Podge acts like a little stiffener and it also makes the paper cups sturdier when you are curling the layers.

I used my heat gun to dry the Mod Podge but be sure and be very careful not to get it to close or it will bubble the Mod Podge.

Now we are ready to start the flower making process.  There are two folds that you will do to each of the 5 baking cups that make the layers of the flower.

First, you fold the cup in half like the top baking cup in this picture.  Then you fold it in half again like the baking cup at the bottom of this picture.

Next you want to cut down the center (through both layers) past the ridges but not all the way to the end.  I usually cut through about a 1/4″ past the ridges.

Flip it over and cut down the folded sides (both sides).  You do the same thing just cut down a 1/4″ past the ridges on each side.

I usually make one cut down the middle on the largest layer.  This will make four petals in this layer.

You do this same process on the remaining layers.  Usually on the rest of the layers I will make two additional cuts.  After I make the middle cut I move over to the left and cut between the end and the middle cut and then move over to the right and cut between the right side and the middle cut.  This makes the various layers of the flower have a lot of petals.

Since we have 5 layers to deal with, I will leave one of the layers at it’s original size and then each subsequent layer I cut down about a 1/4″ from the preceding layer.

This makes each layer a different size and gives some extra dimension to the flower.

After cutting them I opened up and layered from largest to smallest.

You can see after you get to this point the shimmer of the watercolor paints and the Mod Podge.

I decided I wanted to see what the layers would look like if I inked the edges of the petals.  I know, I know but it’s all about the details.  I really did like how this made this flower look.

After I inked the edges I glued the layers together.  I used Glossy Accents but all you need is a quick drying glue.  I put a dot between each layer.

After the glue dried I took the flower in my hand and scrunched it.  You can put this step in or leave it out.  If you put it in it just gives the petals a different look.

Be careful when you do this step as you open them back up.  Your flower petals can get torn as you try to straighten them out.  Mod Podge helps them be a litter sturdier but they still can rip.

After I straightened the petals and layers back out, I placed them on a piece of foam (you can use a mouse pad too) and took the straight end of my Cricut spatula (a pencil or pen will work also) and pressed real hard through the middle until the petals of the flowers started curling up around the spatula.

You can see it is already beginning to make a flower.

Now you can see how the various sizes of layers and the petals all start coming together.  You can continue to scrunch the layers and crimp them until you get the look you want.

I used a clear dew drop and colored it with Ranger Alcohol Inks (Latte) to match the flower.  Quick drop of Glossy Accents to secure it to the center.

I love the way this flower came out.  The picture does not do it justice.

Here are several others I made using candy cups and baking cups.  The black and white flower is done with the white baking cups and I stamped on the cups before I started folding and cutting the layers.

I hope you try these baking cup flowers.  The ridges in the baking cups adds a great element to the flower and you can also use your deckle scissors to give the edges a different look.  Of course you can use glitter and Stickles to have that extra bling.  I’ve started making these in various sizes and putting them in a glass jar, they are a beautiful decorating element and I’ll have some flowers ready when I need them.

You can see my post on Lollipop Flowers (here and here).  Have fun and be creative!

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