How to Make Silk Flowers

Silk flowers look real and are a long-lasting alternative to fresh flowers. Handmade silk flowers can be color coordinated and customized.

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You Will Need

  • Fabric pen
  • Petal stencils
  • Silk fabric
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Thin floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fabric glue
  • Green floral tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Design the petals

    Design your petals. Popular varieties include calla lilies, roses, and daisies. Use the fabric pen to trace the petal stencils onto your silk fabric. The number of petals you make will vary depending on the amount of flowers needed. More petals will result in a fuller flower.

  2. Use a real flower for inspiration while making the artificial one. Examine the shape of the petals and study the shades of color on the body and stem.

  3. Step 2

    Cut the petals

    Cut out the petals, adding color and texture to each petal with your paintbrush and small dabs of fabric paint. Enhance the color and create depth by darkening the edges and tapering the color at the center.

  4. Real flowers do not grow in a consistent pattern. Mimic nature and layer the petals randomly when finishing your flower.

  5. Step 3

    Assemble the petals

    Assemble your first set of petals. Use two to four petals to form the inner section of the flower. Overlap petals one at a time to create the full bloom.

  6. Step 4

    Make the stem

    Use thin floral wire to the make the stem. Cut it to length with wire cutters. Thread the stem through the petals and secure it with fabric glue.

  7. Step 5

    Wrap the stem

    Wrap the stem wires with green floral tape for a professional, finished look. Dab a touch of glue at each end to keep the tape in place. Arrange your flowers into a teardrop or posy bouquet for weddings or artfully gather them in an eye-catching vase.

  8. Ivy in wedding flowers symbolizes fidelity.

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