Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Faux-chet crocheted flower tutorial for you.

Hello! Today I had a few minutes to get my tutorial together for you on how to make these "faux" crocheted flowers. I don't know how to crochet, but I LOVE the look of the crocheted flowers, and I don't want to spend a fortune buying them. So, I came up with a fun technique to make my own.  I taught these in my Reflections class...you can see a yellow one I made HERE on my mini album.

Here's how!

First, you'll need to gather some supplies. You'll need any sort of yarn, white cardstock, scissors, tape, glue and a circle punch (1" or 2"). I used Helmar's wet glue, but you can use anything that sticks quickly. Even a hot glue gun would work fine.

Step 1: Cut 3 pieces of yarn. If you'd like to make a 1" flower, cut 3 pieces of yarn that are about 12"-14" each. You'll want them all the same size. If you'd like to make a larger 2" flower, cut 3 pieces of yarn that are 24" or so. You can experiment to see exactly how much you need. I just eye-ball it and if the pieces are too long, I cut it off at the very end.

Tie the 3 pieces together in a knot at one end. Tape the end down to your work surface.
Step 2:  Braid the entire length of yarn. If you are not sure how to braid, see this link HERE.
Step 3: After braiding all the way to the end, tie the end in a knot. Trim excess yarn.
Step 4: Punch a circle from white cardstock. This will be your flower base. Here I've used a 2" circle. Apply some glue in the center. Start with one end of your braid in the center. Wrap around in circular motion. Continue wrapping the braid until you get to the end.
Step 5: At the end of the braid, you can tuck the end under the flower base and glue. If you have any white cardstock sticking out like I have here, just trim it off with your scissors. Finish by adding a pretty button in the center!
I'd love to do another give-away! I picked up a few fun colors of yarn today! So I will put a little goodie bag together for one lucky blog reader. Just leave a comment here if you would like to be entered, and I'll choose someone on Friday to send some goodies to. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Danielle

118 comments:

NanaBeth said...

How cool is that-love it!

Anna said...

You're brilliant! I can't wait to try these!

Ursula said...

These are such fun. After reading your post, I was thinking you could do a similar type of flower using lace. That would be cute too! Thanks for the great ideas.

ArlaMo said...

These are darling!

Noelle Reese said...

How CUTE! I think even *I* could do that LOL Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindy Heidergott said...

Fantastic Idea! I thought those flowers might be braids! I'll be whipping up a few of these! Thanks for your inspiration!

GretaB said...

So cute and your way makes it easy to make. How fun! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Danielle said...

those are cute, and so simple! Off to go buy a ton of yarn! (assuming I don't win yours! Thanks for the chance!)

Cathy said...

Love these! Too cute! Thanks for sharing...glad you and Shonna had a great time in California! Lucky girls!

Emily Pitts said...

you are a clever girl :)

Danielle said...

what a great idea, and thanks for sharing with us!

Margie H said...

I too love the look of those flowers but never took up the hobby. Thanks so much for a great idea!

Darlene Servolini said...

How fun is this!? Thanks for the tutorial. I love making flowers! :)

Stephanie Baxter said...

LOVE these! TFS!

Sonia said...

Hi!
Cool Idea! thanks for sharing!!

**Sony**
Sonia-Studio60

Serendipity said...

They are superb, cannot wait to have a go! :-)

Clair said...

Oh. I am so 'stealing' that idea!

Chris said...

great flowers - I am so doing this!

Melonie said...

Love these and I love that Marlee can make them too;)

Jennifer said...

What a great idea for those of us who can't crochet! Thanks for sharing it.

Amy Coose said...

You are one creative gal! Love these!

Julie K said...

What a great idea! I'm going to keep it in mind.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Julie

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 May 10:02pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Natalie Elphinstone said...

wow - what an awesome idea. This is just great for those (like me) who like the embroidered flowers but don't have a clue how to embroider! This is officially on my 'to do' list :) Thanks for sharing.

wendyg said...

These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Daniela said...

What a great idea!! I will have to try it.

Zoe said...

Ohhhh Those are adorable!!

sporty_girls_rock said...

I love this idea, I have been having so much fun lately making all kinds of flowers, these are so super easy, yet so pretty, thank for the tutorial!!

~~Mia~~ said...

omgosh, i am in love!!!!!!!!! thanks so much for sharing!!!!

moredayslikethisplease said...

Neat idea! I bet these would be great in a variegated yarn or using a heavier weight yarn to make a bigger flower!

Garsy

Wendy said...

Oh Danielle, these are just gorgeous. I love the colours you have chosen. Just thinkinking that you could use the 3 losse ends in the centre as stamens instead of hiding them underneath.

Alessandra said...

I loved when you showed us at Reflections, I just can't believe how pretty and simple they are, great technique!! Thank you so much again!! :)

Marti said...

I love this!! Thank you for showing the way to make these- I can do this! :)

Judy said...

This is a great idea. And I have everything! I love your tutorials.Thanks so much.

Leah said...

Wishing I had some pretty colored yarn right now. These look like they are so hard to make but you make them look so easy. Super excited to try them out. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial.

Cyndi said...

That is freaking genious Danielle!! I love them. Gonna have to try some on my own.

jen said...

How fun!!! Also saw that you were featured on the Cosmo Cricket blog today- you go girl!! :)
Thanks so much for the chance at some of YOUR goodies!

Kay said...

SOOOOO fun and pretty!!!!! ♥♥ Kay

Shirley said...

These are great and look so easy to make!

Caterina said...

simply...Thank you very much!

Sasya said...

oh this is adorable!! thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup pour toutes ces idées! C'est super!
M-Christine

Kishley said...

wow! such an easy way to make those lovely flowers :D
And i would love to get a chance for your goodie bag :D

Sabrina Krighaar said...

Great idea! And so easy, even I could do this - I think I might go "borrow" some af my mothers left over yarn.

Jennifer B. said...

Such a fun easy idea! I love it!

LynneForsythe said...

You are AMAZING...simply Beautiful!! thanks for sharing!!

rhonda nickol said...

I would love to win to give these a try! Thanks for the chance!

Just a simple gal said...

how neat!!!

Jocelyn said...

Oh Thank you so much on this tutorial....I love it and I think I can find some pieces of yarn around the house!!!!

You are just AWESOME!!!

TraceyT said...

LOVE this!!! TFS

Sandie said...

Your colors of yarn and the background design are so delightful to me! INSPIRING for sure!! THANK YOU for sharing this easy and clever way of making yet another fun flower for embellishing!! SWEET!
Blessings......~Sandie

Jan said...

oh! You're amazing and clever..love these!

debbie susee said...

Those are super cute and not too bulky.

Elizabeth said...

How creative Danielle!!! They are adorable and will be a huge hit by everyone!

Oh and I got the newsletter, after much digging! :) Thanks for sending me that email!

Happy day!
e.

Leigh said...

Love these, Dani! Thanks so much for sharing how to make them! Now to go and hunt for some yarn....

Kacey Elliott said...

Oh wow! I was wondering how you got them to stay together, now I see there is a little circle in the back - LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us and the step-by-step directions are super helpful!

Tracy J said...

LOVE. IT!

Jennifer said...

I love, love, love the flowers you make! Inspires me to try but mine never quite look as good!

Mel said...

Way cool idea...got to try this...I love your blog and read it all the time!

Larajc said...

thank you for sharing. I have another way of doing it, using finger-braiding, but this works as well! I love that you showed us this!

TeenaBugg38 said...

Very cool! I will try these really soon! I am trying so hard to master the crocheted flower and am not having any luck at all....these will work til i do :)

Suzy Girl said...

I will definitely be trying this technique very soon. Thanks once again for inspiring us all Danielle.

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Oh, these are just beautiful! I need to try to make some of these! They are awesome! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make them!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing this idea. I will be "stealing" it for sure:)

Charlene said...

Awesome girl!!! Thanks for sharing :-) Hugs!

Cris said...

So so cute! I love this tutorial Danielle! Thanks for sharing. xoxo

krista said...

Super cute...love the tutorial :) Thanks Danielle!

Ohana in Bend said...

you have solved my crochet dilemma. WOW and thank you. I have only successfully completed one crochet flower and haven't been able to do it again. now i can do so many with ease. you are wonderful for sharing. i can't thank you enough. so, THANK YOU a million and one times!

Kim Watson said...

My friend...you are famous! 67 comments & counting!! You are always so full of super ideas & this is yet another brilliant one. I'll definitely be adding a couple of these to my projects.

BTW, have you commented yet on my blog for the book giveaway??? Come-on I'd love you to have a chance.
Have a lovely Thursday, OK!
Hugs
Kim

Ali said...

Completely awesome idea! TY!

tia said...

Get out! So stinkin' clever!

petunia670 said...

Such a cute idea, this might be extent of my "crocheting". Love it!

Natalie said...

I can't crochet and this is the perfect solution, how easy peasy!! Love it, thanks for sharing.

Yvette said...

Love theses faux crochet flowers. I really enjoy all of your creativity. I always have "aha" moments when reading your blog.
Thanks!

Becky said...

Thanks for the pretty crochet flower tutorial, Danielle! They are so sweet!

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Marie B. said...

Oh now that is just cute! I found my way here thru Ingenious Inkling's Thursday Link Love, and I'm glad I did! :)

Kristi B. said...

These are super cute! I'm going to pick up some yarn & try these out. Thanks! :)

Cheryl Kosakura said...

OMG, these are super cute for my cards and my layouts! I need to make some of these.
Thanks fot the chance to win!
-Cher

manuscrap said...

I found your tutorial on craftgossip.com and I'm totally in love with these flowers!!!! thank you so much, for the chance too :)!!! I'm from Italy, I don't know if I can, but I try!
Ciao!!!

Whitney Ford of ArchGrafix said...

Found your tutorial through a link on craftgossip's twitter. I happen to know how to crochet but think this would be great for scrap yarn that is too short to crochet into anything and would be cute glued onto note cards with embroidered stems.

sallypaper said...

This is such a cute, simple idea! Even though I crochet, I like it. Please enter me in the contest. I loves me some yarn! Smile, Sally

Jen said...

Brilliant! I'm going to make these asap!

Lynn said...

This is such a great idea for anyone to do up quickly and easily! Thanks so much for sharing it with us all!

Stephanie B. said...

Those are very cool and easy enough for my G.S. troop to do, too Thank you!

Brittney said...

these are gorgeous! I definitely want to try this out.

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, what a fab idea! Why didn't I think of this, LoL?!? Can't wait to try to create my own flowers ... thanks so much for sharing!!

Sending hugs!

Rhonda V. said...

Love this tutorial, what a sweet and adorable idea!!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

Melody said...

I will have to try this. What an inventive idea.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) said...

I love yarn; I love crochet; I love braids - what's not to love! I know I'd love to have a goodie bag!

crystalarcand (at) gmail (dot) com

Debbie said...

Such a cute idea, can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I think my granddaughter and I will try to make them this weekend.

Kathy R

Steph said...

These flowers are so cute! Great tutorial..thanks for sharing :)

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

These flowers are fantastic -- goodness I hope I win.

Dolores said...

jajajaj sooo clever!!!

Deborah said...

So sweetly SIMPLE!

Linn said...

What a wonderful tutorial, thank you so much for sharing this awsome ide! Love your work, you are such a talent!!

Fiorella said...

Thank you so much for this simple but stunning idea!

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

I just love these, well done. Will be giving them ago soon

Anna Sigga said...

what a fab idea - I am so gonna try this!

Janine said...

Great idea - I crochet but soemtimes I just don't want to spend the time making flowers. This is so quick and easy. I'm going to go do a page right now and do this! :) Thanks.

Michelle said...

super idea...great tutorial..
i'll def be giving this a try!
TFS!

Mary said...

Thankyou so much for sharing this best tip I have seen for making thse flowers. I love this great idea. I am going to have so much fun making some and my Dad just brought me over a couple bags of balls of yarn in different colors which will be perfect for making these cuz they are small amounts. I didn't know what I was going to do with the yarn he gave me now I do. Thanks. :)

Sarah Lou said...

oh, so perfect! I can crochet, but these are so darling and quick!!

Svetoforik said...

Wow! Very beautiful! I love it) Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Nan said...

can't wait to give this try! Thank you.

Nan said...

can't wait to give this try! Thank you.

Donna said...

This is perfect, thanks for the tutorial!

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callisueart said...

These are lovely! Thanks for sharing so generously. A great idea for children to learn too. One could also push in around the circle to make more obvious petals and trim the card or visa versa! Greetings from South Africa

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Thanks for posting such an easy "faux" crocheted flowers. I made them at home and even my little one tried his hand on this. He was very happy on the out come.

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