Can you believe we are already in APRIL? I can’t. Tomorrow is my little Oliver’s first birthday! A fun fact: Last year Easter was on April 1st. I was a billion months pregnant. This year Easter is on April 21st. Which means in Oliver’s first year he didn’t get to have an Easter!
Today is also the day for the fun Inspire My Creativity post. I am super excited for this craft today. I this pin on Pinterest and knew I needed to make it for my project. I followed *most* of the instructions from her blog post. Of course I adjusted where I saw fit to. Do you know how hard it is to find orange tulips at the craft store? Oh my. Oh my. I am so glad I was able to find them. And now that I know who carries them, I will share with you.
What you need:
- Orange Tulips I bought 10, and my mom made one with me so we each used 5.
- Floral Wire to hold it all together.
- Greenery I used this one and I can’t find the other one I used.
- Green Burlap Ribbon (similar)
- Wire cutters and needle nose pliers
First, the instructions I read needed 12 flowers cut individually. So we cut 12 flowers and got started.
Step 1: You will take 3 flowers and make a sort of triangle with them, one longer between the other two. This will be the point of your “carrot.” You will use wire to wrap the stems together. You will also add the ribbon to the back of these three and wire around the ribbon and stems.
Step 2: Take another 3 flowers and place them above the first 3. I put one flower in between the bottom two and then one on each side of the same two. Wrap wire to hold the flowers in place around the first three stems and the ribbon.
Step 3: You will take the remaining 6 flowers and add them above the last 3. I wired 4 closer to the flower end and the two outside flowers I bent out to get that deeper V shape and wired them a little further up the stems. Don’t forget to wire the ribbon around the stems as well.
Step 4: Remove the leaves from the rest of the tulip bunches. Leave the tulips all connected to the base. This is KEY!
Step 5: Fan out the flowers. This is kind of tricky, I actually got frustrated and had to walk away for a minute. You will arrange the flowers again like you did with the 6. They are all combined at the ends so you won’t have to wire down the outside flowers. Just bend them so they fan out. Don’t forget to gather the ribbon around as much as you can!
Step 6: Take the second bunch of flowers and repeat Step 5. Again with the ribbon at the back.
Step 7: I cut off the last bunch of flowers that I had and used them to fill in any bare spots or less full spots. I had flowers left over in the end.
Step 8: I took my greenery that was not “flowy” and cut down the bottom of it as close to where the wires actually met inside of the holder. And then I laid that at the end of the tulip stems and wired it down. I made sure to get the ribbon included in this one last time! After I had the top greenery, I used more droopy type greenery to go out the sides that would run along the edge of the carrot flowers.
Step 9: Flipping over the “carrot” you will then loop the ribbon over to create a place for the “carrot” to hang from. I wired around at this point as well.
Step 10: This is where you can make a decision. You can wrap the ribbon around and tie a bow, or wrap it around and around the stems to cover up any wires and knot it at the back. I chose the latter.
Was that clear as mud? I hope it was clearer! I hope you are inspired to make some amazing this month. I really enjoyed making this.
This post is part of the Inspire My Creativity link party that I co-host. Our theme for April is Pastels! The other co-hosts are sharing their projects today. I would love for you to see what they came up with!
- Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
- Christine | Swordfights & Starry Nights
- Meg | See The Happy
- Candice | She’s Crafty
- Julia | The Quiet Grove
- Marie | The Inspiration Vault
- Brooke | My Beautiful Mess
- Heather | Glitter On A Dime
- Rachel | Adventures of a DIY Mom
- Jenny | Cookies, Coffee and Crafts
- Anna | Practical and Pretty
- Keala | Recipe For A Sweet Life
- Carmen | Living Letter Home
- Cathy | A Boy and His Mom
- Sarah | The Strawberry Nest
- Adree | The Keele Deal
- Aimee | Things Small and Simple
- Alexandra | EyeLoveKnots
Next months them is SOMETHING TO WEAR. I can’t wait to show you what I have in mind for that!