I made this bouquet as a centerpiece to use both for Easter and my sister's upcoming bridal shower. I've come across a few items on Pinterest that were my inspiration:http://pinterest.com/pin/238690848973033705/http://pinterest.com/pin/238690848973033703/http://pinterest.com/pin/238690848972902091/
Here's the finished product:
What you will need:
Yarn - whatever colors you want to use. I used leftover scraps I had on hand from other projects.
Crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors
Styrofoam cone (if you want to make it into a bridal bouquet)
Hot Glue Gun
1. Make a bunch of crocheted flowers. I made two different kinds for a variety in 5 different colors.
Make a chain of 18 stitches.
At the end of the row, turn, and in the 3rd stitch from the hook, make 2 double chains (dcs). In each of the remaining stitches, make 3 dc in each stitch. Once you've made all the stitches, fasten off leaving a long tail. Your flower will look like a spiral.
Next, roll the entire piece into a spiral flower. Using the leftover tail of yarn, thread the yarn needle through the entire piece so all layers are bound together. Continue until the piece is fully intact, or, if you are like me, until the entire tail is gone (less clean up of messy ends!).
Make a chain of 46 stitches, turn.
Single chain (sc) in the second stitch from the hook, skip a stitch,*double chain (dc), chain 1 (c), dc 1, ch 1, dc1, ch1, dc
Repeat until to you reach the end of your stitches and fasten off, leaving a tail. Your work should look scalloped and curve a bit.
Next, roll the entire piece into a spiral flower - it helps to keep the bottom flat. Using the leftover tail of yarn, thread the yarn needle through the entire piece so all layers are bound together. Continue until the piece is fully intact, or, if you are like me, until the entire tail is gone (less clean up of messy ends!).
Make a bunch of these flowers. I ended up with around 50 in varying colors. You might need more or less depending on the yarn you use, hook size, size of Styrofoam ball used.
2. Next, take your Styrofoam ball and slice a flat edge on the bottom. This is done so your piece will sit flat on a surface. I don't have a picture of this step, but I just used a simple kitchen knife on top of a plastic cutting board - FYI - this makes a mess, so be near a trash can!
3. Before gluing, I tested out my arrangement of flowers by using stick pins to attach them to the Styrofoam ball. I set the piece on top of a nice vase to get an idea of what my interpreted would look like. This step also helped me visualize if I needed to make more flowers.
4. Begin gluing on your pieces! I alternated colors, making sure 2 of the same color never touched. Just hot glue the back/flat side, and stick it on your Styrofoam ball. It dries rather quick, but is really easy to remove if you don't like how it sticks on or want to change your pattern.
Continue gluing until the entire sphere is covered, except for the flat bottom. You may find that you need to make a few extra flowers - I know I did!
5. If you are making a bridal bouquet, slice a flat end on the Styrofoam cone. Using your ribbon (I used some leftover from a wedding gift), wrap the cone until it is fully covered, hot-gluing it in place.
To attach the cone to the bouquet top, you can hot glue it together. I wanted to be able to have the pieces as separates, so I unfolded a large paper clip and poked it into the center of the flat sides to connect the bouquet and 'stems'.
6. You're finished! Here's some pics of the final piece:
Bouquet & stem in vase:
Close up of flowers:
The top portion in a cute old tiny bucket:
Additional fun facts:
I finished this in roughly a week.
Each flower weighs 0.1 ounce, which at 50 flowers, is roughly one skein of Red Heart yarn.
I really only had to buy the Styrofoam items and I used my coupons - only spending $6
Thanks for looking!!