Fabric Sunflowers

This sunflower is beautiful, don’t you think?

I follow an awesome lady on YouTube….Teresa Greene from Our Greene Acres. She has excellent tutorials. Most of her ideas are shabby chic/farmhouse. They are not always my style, but the things I make from her tutorials usually sell well around my area of Missouri. This one sold within minutes after posting it in my personal Facebook page.

Basically, all you need to make the sunflowers are some type of fabric (the one above is drop cloth for the petals and burlap for the center). You will also need scissors, a little poly fill for the center, some hot glue, and ….. a canning jar lid and ring. This one was a regular mason jar size.

I’m not going to recreate the wheel here for making the sunflower. I will just share Teresa’s tutorial. This project starts at the 16:48 mark. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8wzvB-seb3I&t=616s I will share how I made the stem of mine below.

I wanted to make a sunflower with a long stem but wouldn’t flop over. I wasn’t sure how I would do this so started looking around. Invention truly is the mother of necessity.

I had some faux tulips from Michaels that had long green flexible hollow stems.

I took one of the tulips off and removed the little plastic thing that went into the stem. After finishing my flower, I hot glued it to the back and then hot glued a strip of fabric over it so it would stay in place. I just needed a stick to go inside so I remembered the whittling my dad used to do (I specifically remember him making whistles). So I just whittled the stick to size. Lol

I pushed the stick through the tulip stem (I used two of the hollow stems and pushed them together. I left a little room at the top so I could fold it over and glue it down to the flower.

That still wasn’t strong enough. Then I remembered these green metal hollow sticks I used around my rose bush. One was broken so I broke it off all the way and I had a sturdy stem. I think I originally got them at Lowe’s. They are stakes made to look like stems of plants so they blend in.

I then dropped the stick covered with the tulip stem down the green tube and hot glued it in place. I then folded over the stem at the top and glued it down. That worked just fine. The drop cloth was strong enough that the sunflower didn’t flop too much.

I had this very strange pitcher/mug thing I thrifted several years ago because it was cool and I loved the color. It was perfect for my one long stemmed sunflower. I filled it with left over burlap and added some greenery and wedged my sunflower in place. I love how it all came together!!

The first sunflower I made from Teresa’s tutorial was a hanging one. I used flour sack cloth (from Walmart Craft department) I dyed with left over coffee for the petals and fabric from an old valance for the center to match a pumpkin I had made earlier (another Teresa tutorial). I love how it turned out and how it looks in a fall centerpiece I put together.

Shutter and Iron Wall Art

We had an old and chippy shutter. Danny cut it in half and sanded most of the old paint off the front so that what was left was a combination of natural and some old white paint. The back was painted brown and chipping off so he removed the big chippy pieces but let it as is.

Then, we had this iron vase holder. I learned it was from Southern Living At Home. He centered it and screwed it to the shutter.

We also had a tall wide mouth canning jar and a Bedspring. I put faux flowers and foliage into the Bedspring with the wider part on top and then placed it in the jar with the narrow part at the bottom. The flowers fit snugly into the spring and will not blow or fall out and the spring fit perfectly into the jar.

22 1/2” high x 16” wide

A Re-purposed Table Decoration

I’ve been on a painting frenzy lately it seems.  Today, when I put a Christmas tablecloth on my dining room table, I decided it needed a Christmas table decoration. I had painted a pint size Kerr jar with “Farmhouse Green” earlier.  As I was rooting around in a box of Christmas decorations, I came across a small glass plate and a small votive candle holder.  I’m pretty sure both of these items came from the dollar store at one point.  What do you know, the votive holder fit right into the top of the Kerr jar.  I tied a burlap ribbon around the neck, and “Voila!”  My re-purposed table decoration was complete. I lit the candle tonight and it looks so pretty!  I LOVE being able to just go to my basement and pick and choose from my stash of paint jars and make new things from old – quick and easy.  Danny thinks I’m my own best customer.  LOL  It is just as much fun as having a stash of yarn.  : )

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Kerr Canning Jar Vase

givethanks_fallOne more project tonight.  I was on a roll today finding projects to paint and re-purposing things from around my house. This one only cost me $.99 and that was for the fall font.

Silhouette fall font – purchased from Silhouette store for $.99.  Re-designed the letters on my Silhouette Portrait machine and printed on brown contact paper.  Yes.  I have one of those, too.  I make a lot of projects with my Silhouette machine.  I love that thing!

Ribbon – from a stash I kept when making bows for my grand daughter, which she basically never wore.  She hasn’t ever liked bows.  But I saved the left overs.  Remember, I’m a teacher.  We don’t discard.

Chalkboard – you will recognize it from the project I made earlier today.  Just erased one message and added a new one.

Pumpkin with air plant – bought that from a Vintage Market earlier this month.  The other side is a jack-o-lantern!

Flowers – Stole those out of an ancient arrangement I had.  I may need to re-arrange that one a little to disguise the holes I left.

Kerr Canning Jar – bought for Young Living Sugar Scrub.  Yes, I like  essential oils, too! I gave this jar two coats of off white chalk-based paint I had left over from other projects.  It was a little thick, so just added a bit of water and it was fine.  Then I sanded the jar a bit with 220 sandpaper and added the fall letters. I tied a ribbon around it, stuck in the flowers, made a vignette with my chalkboard, pumpkin and jar— and there you have it!  A beautiful fall arrangement. Don’t you agree?