Friday, August 31, 2012

Handcrafted Sunflower


I have been thinking about fall.
Once summer break is over, I'm always ready for that first cold snap. Okay, in Texas it isn't a cold snap. It is just an inkling of cooler days to come.



A perfect transitional decor item is the sunflower.

I brought home some fresh ones from the grocery store.



They were fun to use in some vignettes.




I was trolling the internet for ideas for my nodders.



I am still tweaking those and will reveal my fall nodders next week. 
I had never seen grungy sunflowers like these.
I love the artisans that sell on e-Bay.
 If you enter what you are looking for ( pumpkins or scarecrows) in the Antique's category, all kinds of fun primitive crafts are for sale.  I was going to order some of the sunflowers, and might have in years past, but I decided that I could make at least one to see how cute it could be.
 That's what I did with my apples.


Fabric Apple
Read about them here.

The sunflower was easy once I figured out how they did it. I was trying to make it waaaay more complicated than I needed to. I had been mulling it over for a few weeks. 
I had some perfect yellow gingham.
I cut two circles of the gingham and I cut one smaller circle of burlap.



The burlap looks like sunflower seeds.




I sewed the burlap to the center of the gingham leaving a small section open to stuff the sunflower.



Mr. Bill had a thin dowel rod in the garage. 
After I sewed it, I cut the "petals."



I grunged it up the stick with coffee grounds. 


I added the sunflower tag and the burlap leaves.



I planted it in a chalkboard painted flower pot.
Moss didn't look quite right.


I love how Pottery Barn does their flower pots. What ever they use looks like soil. I decided to use some soil and mulch from the yard.  I hot glued it on the foam. ( I have since found a tutorial on how to make Pottery Barn looking soil. I will try it out and get back to you.)






 I think this fabric sunflower is pretty cute.

Gingham Fabric Sunflower

This weekend my sister in law, Amy and I will be getting crafty. I will probably make a few more to put in my  wreath on the front door.

Katie
I hope everyone has a restful Labor Day Weekend!
Linking with,
Feathered Nest Friday 
Savvy Southern Style 
Common Ground 
Rooted in Thyme

10 comments :

  1. Katie,
    LOVE your sunflower! Looks great for fall or anytime! I wonder what they use for soil too.I wonder if it is some sort of rubber ground up.
    xx
    Anne

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    1. I think it must be. I am going to try some stuff and I will let you know.

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  2. Katie: That is the cutest sunflower. You are so clever and I'm looking forward to hearing how you make Pottery Barn Dirt..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. Thank you. I love the pottery barn dirt. I have some ideas floating around in my head. I'll see if it works. Thanks for stopping by.
      Katie

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  3. Your sunflower is really cute! I have always loved those apples too. Yours is adorable. Enjoy fall!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. I love that he puts sprinkles on everything. It makes everything better.

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  4. I like the name of your blog too. I have a 7 yr old and he adds sprinkles to everything! LOL

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing this creative sunflower on Simple & Sweet Fridays. It's such a wonderful project. I love it!

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