Martha and Marcie McGoldrick, holiday editor for Martha Stewart Living, use simple craft punches to make fabric flowers for a beautiful springtime bouquet.
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009
Begin by punching fabric flowers: Lay a piece of fabric in a shallow tray. With a medium paintbrush, apply enough fabric stiffener to saturate, but not soak, the fabric. Let it dry, about 1 hour. Repeat with any remaining fabric.
Using craft punches, punch out petals and leaves as close together on the fabric as possible.
Using a micro hole punch, make a hole in the center of each bloom. Slip a pip through each hole, and secure it with a dab of contact cement.
To make a stem, cut a length of floral wire, and wrap it around each pip with green floral tape.
For leaves, glue floral wire to each one to create veins and stems. Wrap stems with floral tape.
Gather blooms and leaves into a bouquet, and either tuck them in a vase or wrap the stems in more floral tape to join them.
Lightweight fabrics (such as voile or Indian cotton)
Liquid fabric stiffener, at crafts stores
Petal and leaf craft punches
Micro hole punch
Floral pips (small wires with colored tips used to make silk flowers), at crafts stores
Green floral tape
Bring the beauty of flowers that never fade into your home with this surprisingly simple craft. Our trio of vintage-style keepsake bouquets includes pink violets, blue hydrangeas, and purple-and-gold pansies.