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How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

In this post, I'll show you how to easily make your own silk flowers using pretty fabric and an existing bunch of fake flowers. This is a quick, no sew project that will help you use up some fabric scraps and make a beautiful and unique centerpiece. I used a die cutter to cut out my flower pieces, but you can also use free templates online to cut out your flowers. Let's make some flowers!

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Materials

Deconstruct Your Fake Flowers

I bought a cheap bunch of fake flowers at a big box store. This is probably also an easy thrift store find. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Pull your flowers off the stem. Mine had two plastic pieces holding the fabric in place. Pull off the plastic stopper on the back--it should slide right off. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

My bouquet of flowers had two different shapes: a bud like the one below and a flat flower like the one above. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Each one shapes the fabric a little differently. The bud shape pushes the fabric up and condenses it, and the yellow-centered pieces just let the fabric lie flat. Keep this in mind when choosing your fabric for each type of flower in your bouquet. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Cutting out Your Silk Flowers

Below, you can see my naked bouquet, after I stripped off all of the fake flowers and leaves. I have a couple of baskets of silk sari scraps, which I used for my flowers. I chose a red/pink/orange/yellow theme. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

I've been doing a lot of projects with my Sizzix Big Shot lately--it's one of my favorite crafting tools. I die-cut my flowers with it, but if you don't have a die cutter, here's a collection of free fabric flower patterns that you can cut out by hand. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

After cutting out your flowers, slide your fabric layers onto the plastic center piece and put the cap on the back to hold it all together. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Here's what it looks like from the front:

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

And here's what it looks like from the back:

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Put it back on the stem when you're done. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

As noted earlier, my bouquet also had a bud shape that kind of scrunched the fabric together. I used the same flower die as above and put all four layers on this flower. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Here's how it looks from the side. You can see how the bud shape pushes the fabric upward, while the red flower stays flat. Again, I used the exact same die for both flowers. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Here's how the bouquet looks partially filled in. For the yellow flowers, I only used three layers of fabric, as all four seemed to make it too crowded. Fill in all of the empty flower pieces.

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Adding the Leaves

Each branch of my bouquet had a cap at the top, which can slide off.

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Once you slide the cap off, you can slide the flower stems off.

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

This allows you to get to the plastic pieces that should hold the leaves. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

These pieces are similar to the ones that hold the flowers. My leaves didn't have holes, though, so I just kind of tucked them in around the stem and used the cap to hold the leaves together. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

You can see how the leaves are just tucked in between the two pieces of plastic, but they don't seem like they'll fall out. They're in there snugly. 

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Slide the leaves back onto the main stem, put the flowers back on, and then put the cap back on the very top of the stem to hold everything in place. Do this for every stem.

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

Enjoy Your Handmade Silk Flowers!

Here are the finished flowers. Put them in a vase, and you've got a nice piece that won't need watering!

 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers
 How to Make Your Own Silk Flowers

More Floral Projects and Inspiration

Check out my Felt and Fabric Flowers board on Pinterest for more projects and ideas. 

Be sure to also check out these two free ebooks from All Free Sewing on How to Make Fabric Flower Accessories and how to Make Fabric Flowers for Your Home.

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