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Painted Wire Flowers and Clover

This 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:

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. Using the longer end, make a new loop around the marker right next to the first one. Twist to secure the end.
  3. Keep going around until you have five petals.
  4. 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.
  5. Use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze the petals so they're a bit more elongated.
  6. Now bend the petals downward over the curve of your marker.
  7. To make lucky clovers, repeat the process above and stop at 4 petals.
  8. Now pinch the petals the other way so they are wide and fat.
  9. If you'd like leaves on your flowers, make your petals, then make a couple extra, bigger ones to squeeze into leaves.
  10. Pour some wood glue into a disposable cup or bowl.
  11. Dip the flower heads into the wood glue.
  12. Allow the excess glue to drip back into the cup.
  13. Use the wire stem to poke into the piece of Styrofoam.
  14. Continue to dip all the flowers, poke into the Styrofoam, allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  15. Paint the petals with different colours of nail polish.
  16. Allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.
  17. 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.
  18. If you'd like to present it in a jar or vase, place a small block of Styrofoam inside.
  19. Poke the stems in the Styrofoam and arrange your bouquet.
  20. Enjoy your bouquet. They will last a lifetime!
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March 4, 20180 found this helpful

It is so pretty!

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March 4, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you! I hope you give it a try. :)

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March 4, 20180 found this helpful

As a side note, if you make the wire flowers/shapes small enough, you can skip the wood glue and hold some thick nail polish over the holes and it will make a drape of paint right over the bent metal, then let it dry for at least 45 minutes. :)

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

Tried using this one for a similar project. Great technique! Simple but elegant.
Bravo!

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March 8, 20180 found this helpful

Oh, I'm so happy you tried it! Thank you!

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March 14, 20180 found this helpful

I'm thinking earrings, Toosa. Heart shaped. Thanks a bunch for suggesting this medium, and the step-by-step instructions!

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March 14, 20180 found this helpful

You are so welcome! Please do try it! I'd love to try your heart shaped earring idea! If you do it, I want to seeeee!

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April 8, 20180 found this helpful

Did something wrong . Glue not sticking to wire.

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May 2, 20180 found this helpful

I cant get the wood glue to stay across the petal to dry

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August 17, 20180 found this helpful

While I love these flowers, I ran into a few issues with the glue. it kept popping on me. So I dipped the flowers into the glue and used tissue paper on the back of peddles and leaves.

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I then filled in over that with the glue front and back, let dry and painted. All in all a fun project. Thank you for the inspiration.

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