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Project

Leather Flowers

Wear lovely leather flowers as pins or clipped to the top of ballet flats for a timeless summer look.

Materials

  • Leather flower template
  • Card stock
  • Thin leather (such as pigskin or sheepskin)
  • Pen
  • Sharp scissors
  • Bowl of very warm to hot water
  • Paper towels
  • Pencils
  • Styrofoam block
  • White craft glue
  • Small wide-mouthed cup, like a teacup
  • Craft knife
  • Clear grid ruler
  • Coil-less safety pin or shoe clip

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print leather flower template onto card stock, and cut out shapes. Trace three small petals, three large petals, and one set of leaves onto leather with a pen. Staying inside the pen lines, cut all pieces from leather with sharp scissors.

  2. Step 2

    Dip each petal in a bowl of very warm to hot water, one at a time, rubbing between fingers to saturate (the leather will change color when well-saturated). Lay each petal on a paper towel and dab off excess water. Pull each petal to stretch; pinch and organically accordion-fold ends of petals. Open and hang each petal upside-down over a pencil stuck in a Styrofoam block, so it dries in a curved cup shape. Let dry for 8 to 10 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Overlap two of the larger petals in an "X" shape and affix with a dab of white glue. Continue securing petals to the center with glue, one more large followed by three small, offsetting each one. Place in a small cup to dry.

  4. Step 4

    To create the stamen/center, cut a 4-by-4-inch square of leather. Beginning 1/8 inch from one side, slice leather from top to bottom every 1/8 inch with a craft knife, leaving borders on top and bottom of 1/4 inch (a clear grid ruler makes measuring and guiding these cuts easier). Draw a bead of craft glue along the 1/4-inch borders on top and bottom of wrong side of leather. Fold and match glued edges together, creating a row of loops. Draw another line of craft glue along bottom edge of loops, and roll up tightly. Glue to middle of flower and let dry.

  5. Step 5

    Trace leaf onto leather and cut out. Fringe edges of leather leaves with scissors or craft knife.

  6. Step 6

    Mix two tablespoons craft glue with one cup very warm or hot water; saturate leaf in glue mixture. Mold leaf around dried leather flower, and pinch tops of each leaf in half to make a main "vein."

  7. Step 7

    Place in cup until dry (about 4 to 5 hours). Once dry, glue leaf to flower. Attach a safety pin or shoe clip to back.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

Reviews (2)

  • Nicolette Rose 6 Aug, 2013

    I used the hot water and crinkling technique on individual petals to create flowers for a pair of red heels and I am completely enamored with the results - I just wish I could share a photo!

  • marilan 16 May, 2012

    These are really beautiful but very difficult to make!