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« on: April 04, 2004 10:23:33 AM »

i made these for the grand openning of a friend's coffee bar...





the stems are pvc pipe, so they really sway in the breeze when "planted" outside.

ingredients: electrical tape, pvc pipe, wire, tulle netting, a nerf ball, staples.

i'd be happy to post directions if anyone's interested Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2004 10:48:26 AM »

those are cool!  is that decoupaged tissue paper around the window?  I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2004 10:50:57 AM »

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is that decoupaged tissue paper around the window?
 
actually, it's paint!  she taped the outline and did something with glazing and rags or a sponge-not sure which.  but i bet tissue paper would achieve a similar effect.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2004 11:13:40 AM »

i'd love directions! very cool!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2004 11:42:12 AM »

Those are so cool!  They would be great for an outdoor (or crazy indoor) garden party.  I wonder if you could run string lights up the pvc pipe to the flower and wire them around the flower petals.  Or maybe you could use the battery powered ones that they always have in the wedding section of craft stores but they have a white cord.  Oh! How great would they be set in concrete pots for a wedding or reception?  You MUST post directions.  Wonderful idea!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2004 01:04:24 PM »

ok.  i wish i had taken pics during the process, but that was pre-craftster.

1.for the flower heads, i formed 12 guage "THHN" wire-green coated- (all of the electrical parts are available at big hardware stores) into loops for the petals.  i used one long piece and passed it through the nerf ball in between each petal.  (i think styrofoam balls would work, too).  after 5 petals, i wrapped several inches of the wire around one end of "schedule 40" 1/2 inch pvc pipe.

2.i used green electical tape to wrap the flower stem.  i started at the flower end and wrapped over the wire to hold it in place.  halfway or so down the stem, i wrapped the tape around the end of a leaf-shaped piece of wire, and then another foot or ro down, i wrapped tape around a "tendril", which i just wrapped some wire around a wooden spoon handle to form.  i continued wrapping the stem all the way to the bottom.

3. for the tulle netting (which i found at a fabric store), i cut vaguely rectangular shapes that fit around the front and back of the wire petal forms.  then i (sloppily) gathered the fabric around the wire and stapled it into place many times.  this part was tricky, and i ended up sort of rolling the edges of the fabric around the wire before stapling.  there must be a better way.

that's pretty much it.  it's not the most bombproof technique, but they have held up in strong breezes so far.
let me know if something makes no sense and i'll try to clarify!

and NynaeveAS- they would be great in pots with lights strung around them!
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2004 02:56:00 PM »

thanks for the instructions....I wonder... maybe instead of using tulle....use hosier/ tights??? should stretch over it?
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2004 05:27:51 AM »

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thanks for the instructions....I wonder... maybe instead of using tulle....use hosier/ tights??? should stretch over it?


yes!  great idea.  that would have been sooo much easier.  i imagine you could then spray paint the petals/leaves if they were a dull color.

oh, and i forgot to mention that i cut two of the 3 pvc pipes a bit shorter for a better "grouping effect"-and i used my pruning shears.  again, there's probably a better way.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2004 08:13:24 AM »

These are really fabulous!  What a great idea, and great execution as well.  What did you use as a "vase"?  

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2004 08:48:58 AM »

they're freestanding-there's a piece of rebar stuffed into the bottom of each stem, which can then be stuck in the ground.
i think they'd look better in a large flowerpot, maybe sticking the rebar into cement and then putting the stems over that, or somehow casting holes into the cement that the stems could fit into.  maybe with a layer of grass planted on top of the cement.
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