I wanted to make something nice for the other people that work in my office (I'm an event planner for the student activities council at my university) for the first day of school, so I spent a couple of hours on Sunday night making nylon flower picks.
I like the way they came out and it was awesome seeing everyone in the office (even the guys) wearing them behind their ears around campus.
It was something that brought us all together before we get our new shirts in for the year.
I'm sorry there are so many pictures (and the pictures are kind of blurry...I had to use my brother's camera...can't find mine.)
Things needed: nylon (I think you can buy colored nylon at most craft stores or you can dye white pantyhose with a fabric dye), wire (I got a foil coated colored wire at my craft store), floral tape, thread (any kind of thread...it'll be covered at the end anyway), wire cutters, scissors, jewelry pliers, beads (not shown)
1. Cut 5 pieces of wire around 6" long. Wrap the wire around a cylinder (I used part of the cap of a travel size Bath & Body Works body spray...the size of the cylinder you wrap it around will determine the size of your petals) and use your pliers to twist the wires to make something that kind of looks like a lollipop.
2. Make 5 of them and put them on the side.
3. Take a shorter piece of wire (around 4") and thread it through the bead (I used a 4mm facet bead) and twist the wires together. (You only need to thread through enough that you can twist the wires.) This is going to be the center of your flower.
4. Stretch the nylon over the wire petal. Don't pull the nylon too tight or it'll look too thin. You don't want it to be too transparent. Wrap the thread around the base of the hoop (so it would be like wrapping it around the stick of the lollipop just below the candy) around 10 - 20 times. Cut the thread leaving a tail.
5. Once you have all 5 done, stack them together. I usually stack 3 together and then add the wire with the bead and then stack the other two over it. Make sure that the bottom of the bead is close to the bottom of the hoops so that the center of your flower doesn't stick out too much.
6. Wrap the thread around all of the wires to bind them together. (You don't have to, but it makes it a little easier to keep them all together.) Trim the threads.
7. Starting at the base of the petals, wrap the floral tape around the wires, making sure to cover all of the thread. Wrap all the way down the wire, stretching the floral tape as you go.
8. Once the stem is created, you're going to separate the petals. A lot of the time, they bend one way better than the other. When you peel apart the petals, your center should be where it's supposed to be.
9. After you separate the petals, shape them how you want and then you can curve them outward by bending it over your finger.
10. And there you have your flower!
If you have any questions, please let me know.