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How to Make Painted Wire and Glue Flowers

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March 2, 2018

Painted Wire Flowers and CloverThis is a super fun and pretty craft using wires, wood glue, and nail polish. Bend the wires in whatever flower shapes you admire, dip in glue, then paint. They reflect such beautiful colours in the sun. I hope you give this a try!

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Total Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 1 bouquet

Supplies:

  • 18 to 20 gauge wire
  • thick marker or dowel
  • wire cutting pliers
  • disposable cup
  • wood glue
  • Styrofoam
  • nail polish
Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Cut off a piece of wire about 16 inches long. A few inches in from one end, wrap a loop tightly around your marker then twist the end so it stays in place.
  2. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - cut a piece of wire and wrap one end around the marker
     
  3. Using the longer end, make a new loop around the marker right next to the first one. Twist to secure the end.
  4. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - using the longer end make a new loop and twist to secure
     
  5. Keep going around until you have five petals.
  6. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - continue until you have 5 petals
     
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  7. Use your pliers to twist the first end of the wire onto the longer end of the wire, right under the flower. This is your stem.
  8. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - twist the short end of the wire onto the longer end to create the stem
     
  9. Use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the petals so they're a bit more elongated.
  10. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - squeeze the petals to elongate them a bit
     
  11. Now bend the petals downward over the curve of your marker.
  12. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - bend them downward over the curve of the marker
     
  13. To make lucky clovers, repeat the process above and stop at 4 petals.
  14. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - to make lucky clover only make 4 petals
     
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  15. Now pinch the petals the other way so they are wide and fat.
  16. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - pinch the petals to make them wide and fat
     
  17. If you'd like leaves on your flowers, make your petals, then make a couple extra, bigger ones to squeeze into leaves.
  18. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - to add leaves to flowers make a couple of extra, bigger petals to add on
     
  19. Pour some wood glue into a disposable cup or bowl.
  20. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - pour wood glue into a disposable cup or bowl
     
  21. Dip the flower heads into the wood glue.
  22. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - dip the flower heads into the wood glue
     
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  23. Allow the excess glue to drip back into the cup.
  24. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - allow excess glue to drip back into the cup or bowl
     
  25. Use the wire stem to poke into the piece of Styrofoam.
  26. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - poke the wire stem into a piece of Stryofoam
     
  27. Continue to dip all the flowers, poke into the Styrofoam, allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  28. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - continue dipping and sticking into the Styrofoam to dry for at least 30 minutes
     
  29. Paint the petals with different colours of nail polish.
  30. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - paint the petals with nail polish
     
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  31. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.
  32. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - allow to dry for at least 15 minutes
     
  33. Add glitter and accents if desired. I like to paint a different colour on the underside edges of the flowers to give it a gradient look.
  34. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - add glitter if desired, you can also paint a different color under the petal edge for a gradient look
     
  35. If you'd like to present it in a jar or vase, place a small block of Styrofoam inside.
  36. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - glue a block of Styrofoam inside a jar or vase if you like and add flowers
     
  37. Poke the stems in the Styrofoam and arrange your bouquet.
  38. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - arrange bouquet
     
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  39. Enjoy your bouquet. They will last a lifetime!
  40. Painted Wire Flowers and Clover - enjoy
     
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