Homemade Jute and Paper Flowers
Tip- you need to mash the string flat to the table holding it down with all of your fingers while you
twist it into a circle. Do this BEFORE you put glue on it. (make the paper and crocheted circles the same way) After you put glue on one side using an old paintbrush, carefully clip it with a clothespin for a few minutes until it sets. Then put it somewhere to dry.
For the jute flowers, I put jute string (in lengths I wanted for petals) in a bowl of glue (modge podge) and then squeezed off the glue and lay the strings on a tray to dry. (you can make these any size you like)
I crocheted some jute to see how that would look. First, crochet some chains using the jute and then put them in the glue, squeeze and let dry. After they dry, you can cut them in lengths that you need. After all my pieces were dry, I started to make flowers. (I put my trays in a warm oven and they dried quickly)
the same way. I put more petals on the plain jute so it would look layered. On the back I put a piece
of cardboard and wire so I could hang them. As you will see in the bottom photo, I made some flowers
to put in a jar. Instead of cardboard on the back, I added a stem and put another piece of rolled up jute
so they look good on both sides. These flowers are bendable so you can shape them easily.
This was a fun project on a rainy afternoon last weekend. And it definitely didn't cost me $14.99.