Denim Flowers - Two Ways

 Two ways, you ask?  read on and you'll see why!  There are lots of ways to make denim flowers and I experimented with two of them. 

 But, first....
 ...it's time once again for The Sustainable Pinterest  Challenge, a group of bloggers who are challenged to recreate a pin from Pinterest focused on sustainability. Many thanks to Julie from Sum of Their Stories & Gail from Purple Hues and Me for hosting.  This month the theme is flowers and I was inspired by this pin, so let's start with the first one that looks like a rose, my all-time favorite flower!

I cut a piece of denim and started cutting out petals.  
As you can see, I made a couple of patterns and I also cut a strip of denim for the center.  I brushed on a 50/50 mix of Mod Podge and water to give the denim some stiffness for shaping the leaves.
I left them to dry overnight.
The edge of the denim strip was folded over and rolled on a tooth pick.
I wasn't sure how much I would need, and, as you can see, I used a fraction of it.
The small petals were snipped in the middle, the two sides overlapped, and glued.
The edges were 'rolled' to mimic a flower petal.

The first small petal was glued to the center and held in place for a few minutes.
More small petals were added.
The large petals were given two snips:
The strips were overlapped and glued:
These edges were also 'rolled'.

I continued to add the larger petals...
...until all the petals were added and it looked like a rose.
I absolutely LOVED the look of this flower, until I turned it over...
This flower is perfect for a project where you don't see the sides...maybe on a wreath or nestled in some leaves, but I wanted something that looked neater on the sides and bottom.  
Soooo, I moved on to my idea! 
Since cutting petals is time-consuming, I found a shape on Design Space and cut my leaves with my Maker.  
They got the same Mod Podge/water treatment and when they were dry, the large petals were given one snip and glued.
There were 6 of them and they were shaped and glued in this fashion:
The bottom looked much neater:
The small petals were also snipped, overlapped and glued.
The little tails were clipped off.
Once again, all the edges were 'rolled'.
The small petals were glued in the center of the large ones.
I added a piece of Estate Sale jewelry to the center for a finishing touch.
I love how both of these flowers turned out.  The rose is perfect for the right project, but I wouldn't make it into a pin because of how the sides look.  The second flower could be a pin, a magnet, or a hairclip - lots of options!
Do you have a favorite?  Be sure to let me know in the comments!


Don't forget, this is a blog hop.  The theme is 'Flowers' and all of the links are listed below.

Floral Bag Upcycle with Upholstery Fabric
Upcycled Newspaper Flowers Wreath
DIY Painted Upcycled Mug
Bike Wheel Wreath
Wine Box Flower Arrangement
Denim Flowers Two Ways - you're here.
Crochet Flower Facial Scrubbies
Watercolor Floral Bookmarks
DIY Door Hanger Craft Idea
Crochet Flowers


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Comments

  1. Honestly Ann, I don't think the rose is as bad from the underneath as you are thinking! Looks perfectly fine to me and the rose itself is gorgeous. I didn't realise I needed denim flowers in my life until now!

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    1. I guess I was disappointed in the side of it...denim flowers are a lot of fun to make, though. You definitely need them in your life! LOL

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  2. These are so sweet! I love using the clothespin to secure it. Clever.

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Clothespins are one of my 'go-to' tools when there's glue that needs to dry!

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  3. Both flowers are pretty, Ann, but I think I like the second on the best. And it's not because of the sides, either. Don't think that makes a difference. I just like the shape of the second one. It looks a bit daintier and loose than the first. We really had so much fun showing different ways to make flowers, didn't we? It was a great theme!

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    1. I agree, it really was a great theme! As far as these two are concerned, I guess it depends on how you want to use them. Thanks, Gail!

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  4. Ann I love both. My hands would never cut through denim.

    I love the second partially because of the piece of jewelry

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    1. Thank you, Cindy and I totally understand the difficulty of cutting them. This was lightweight denim, but I decided to cut the second set of pieces on my Maker for a reason - wink-wink!

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  5. This is just so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it at our party. It would be great if more of your crafting, sewing, DIY blogging friends would stop by and share, too!

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    1. Thank you so much and I'm happy to share!

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  6. Both of these denim flowers look lovely from the top. But, I agree that your second design (with the snipped and overlapped ends) makes a neater looking flower when viewed from all angles. I love how the petals on the second flower open outward and lie almost flat. The little pop of color in the middle is nice, too. Thanks for linking up at Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 9.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. I guess it's a case of different looks for different projects!

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  7. They are too cute! I made my wedding bouquets the same way, just with cardstock. I wish I'd have had my Cricut back then! I cut those suckers all by hand, taking me months. I love the idea of using denim. There's so much you could do with them. It's been great hopping with you!
    XOXO, Niki

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    1. Thanks Niki - I'll bet your bouquet was beautiful, though. I've done a few paper flower projects and the Cricut makes it SO much easier!

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  8. I think both flowers turned out really well. I really love the embellishment you added to the one flower. I really love denim crafts! Pinning!

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    1. Thank you so much! There's so much that can be done with denim and I have more planned for it. Thanks for the pin - appreciated!

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  9. How pretty and I absolutely love anything denim!! Pinned.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dee. I appreciate the pin!

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  10. These look great, very creative :)

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  11. Sweeties! I love things that are made with denim!

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  12. Those are both wonderful flowers! Now I kind of want to make a wreath with denim roses... that would be perfect for this in-between winter and spring weather we've been having!

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    1. That's a great idea, Joanne. It would be perfect for this time of year!

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  13. This is such an EXCELLENT tutorial!! Thank you so much! My little granddaughter is having a wonderful time making flowers & she is thrilled!

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    1. You just made my day! I love to hear when someone has tried one of my ideas and is enjoying it. Thank you for letting me know. I hope you'll be back again for more of my projects!

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  14. These are both just wonderful! They turned out so cute. The instructions are great, too.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I hope you'll give them a try!

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    2. I'll be featuring these cute flowers at Thursday Favorite Things tomorrow. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    3. Thank you so much, Pam. I'm happy to share!

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  15. Years ago I made fabric flowers but not with denim. Love these! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen

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    1. These were fun to make, Kathleen. Thanks for the pin!

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  16. Hola Ana, he conocido tu blog hace un momento y me ha encantado todo lo que haces.
    En cuanto a las flores, las dos me parecen preciosas, cualquiera de las dos son dignas de estar decorando algĂșn trabajo o como broche.
    Me encantan felicidades, besicos

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    1. Thank you so much. They do need to be used on a few projects!

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  17. These flowers are so sweet!
    Amalia
    xo

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  18. Love these! Featuring when my link party opens!

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  19. Ann, these are just beautiful. I love the tutorial, thanks so much for the inspiration and DIY.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. They're really fun to make!

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  20. Ann,
    These are lovely!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I always wanted to know how to make fabric roses!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Happy to help, Debbie. They're a lot of fun!

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  21. Awesome denim flowers!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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