Sunshine Yellow Foam Flowers DIY

5 Materials
2 Hours

One of the best things about Spring - the season of renewal is seeing all the pretty flowers - whether they're fresh or faux. And in these trying times if fresh blooms are not available, why not make your own! It's a wonderful way to uplift and brighten your spirits and keep yourself busy as you shelter in place! You probably have everything on hand like I did!

"Where flowers bloom, so does hope!"

Begin by cutting out the foam sheets into squares. I wanted the flowers to be rather large so I started with a four inch square, two 3 inch and two, 2" squares.

Then fold the squares two times. And cut out a petal shape starting at one fold, curving around to the next folded side.

Open the folded square to reveal the four petals shape. Trim petals around folds to make them more define.

Place petal on iron for a few seconds to soften and curl the edges.

Continue to shape petals by using the round end of a tool and pressing down in the center on a soft pillow or sponge, and twisting the edges, as if tearing. You might have to re-heat the edges for this. Repeat the steps for all the squares to make more petals.

To make the center bud:

Loosely gather one of the smallest petals (2") dabbing closed with hot glue. Cup the opposite petal and glue the edges around the first petal. Continue cupping the third and fourth petals around the first two and seal edges with hot glue to form the center bud.

Assemble the flower by applying hot glue to center of the largest petal and placing the next size on top. Continue attaching each petal to the center with glue in gradual sizes, staggering the petals until . .

the flower is formed. Isn't this beautiful!

To make leaves:

Cut out foam leaf shapes and use the tip of a phillips screwdriver to add dimensional leaf lines.

Use scissors to serrate the edges for a realistic look. Soften the leaves by placing on an iron for a few seconds and then twist to shape.

Rub on acrylic paint with a damp paper towel to shade the leaves.

Cut out sepals to encase the flower at the bottom, the same way to make the petals except cut a center point instead of curving.

Then heat on iron . . .

and twist for dimension. Open and glue onto bottom of flower.

Looks just as pretty as real flowers!

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Lisa Bell
    on Apr 22, 2020

    Wouldnt the foam sheets melt to the iron? Is there something you use to prevent this? Also how do you remove the foam from the iron without burning yourself?

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      on Apr 22, 2020

      No, the foam is only there a few seconds until it curls and gets soft. You can lightly touch it or use a skewer stick to remove it. It's really not hot to burn your fingers.

  • Barj
    on Apr 23, 2020

    What temperature do you set iron to?

  • Christine Healy
    on May 9, 2020

    Would you consider selling any. I wrote a comment below

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  • Joanie
    4 hours ago

    What beautiful flowers!! You've created an art you could sell. Or gift??? A glued pin on the back for Mothers day would be a seller, for church.

  • That's a great idea, Joanie! We were on a cruise around New Zealand last year and one of the ports we stopped at had greeters who gave us handmade little foam flower pins to wear.  Your comment made me think of that! Thanks so much!

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