It is too stinkin’ hot! Don’t get me wrong– I love spending time on the water and vacationing with the fam during the summer– but I wouldn’t mind some cooler weather! Until I can figure out how to control the weather, I guess I will just get ready for fall by crafting.
Grab your scrap fabric, some scrabble letters, and your favorite fabric scissors, and let’s get crafty!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your Fall Scrap Fabric Sunflower…
- 12″ x 12″ surface
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge and brush
- Variety of fabric
- Green ribbon
- Wood stem
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Waverly antique wax
- Scrabble letters
And here’s how we did it…
I gathered together a few pieces of scrap fabric, most of which came from Hobby Lobby. It’s great to mix up different colors and patterns, or go for a monochrome look… Whatever suits your fancy! You can’t go wrong either way, but y’all know matchy-matchy just ain’t my thing! I’m lucky if my socks match on a good day.
Cut half-football-shaped, almost triangluar pieces out of each fabric; these are going to be our sunflower petals. I did three or four for each of the patterns I chose, for a total of about a dozen pieces. No need to measure or use a template here, just do what feels right. A litle variation from petal to petal will only add character to your flower.
After all the cutting is done, take each fabric piece one at a time, make acccordian folds at one tip, dab a little hot glue in the folds, and pinch together. Be careful with the hot glue here, or you might feel the burn! (Um, thank you for reserving your judgement of my raggedy glue gun, but this old faithful gets the job DONE!)
Now let’s get the board ready to be the foundation for our sign. You can really use whatever you can find, but I happened to get this sign at Hobby Lobby during the Easter clearance sale. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit the sign nicely. Use a brush to cover the surface of the sign with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
Place the scrap paper on top, and try to rub out any bubbles. I like to use my Harbor Freight heat gun to speed up the drying process because, well, I am not particularly patient.
You can start arranging your flower by pinching together the petals and joining them with hot glue. Again, be careful. I also glued down some of this funky green mossy ribbon as a bonus to make things more interesting underneath the flower. Then I glued in my flower petals on top. You can even add some green scrap fabric or ribbon to make green petals (just like you made for the main flower) underneath the flower for more detail and color.
I took a wood stem from Dollar Tree, quickly spruced it up with some brown Waverly paint (they call it “Antique”), and glued it in as the center of the flower.
Grab your Scrabble tile letters and glue your favorite message in place.
I LOVE the way this came out. Did you try it? Holler at us in the comments. Let us know what cute message you added. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of fall! 🙂
PS: If you want to see the video taking you step by step through this craft, check out the Facebook recording here.