Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pearl and Lace Flower Tutorial (no sewing!)

I am so excited to share another flower tutorial.

Materials you will need:
-- 3 or 4 feet of small string pearls
-- 3 or 4 feet of narrow and thin/sheer ribbon (I used seam binding)
-- 3 or 4 feet of narrow lace trim
-- a small punched paper circle (I used 1-inch diameter)
-- loose pearls or gems of your choice
-- strong holding glue (like hot glue or Helmar 450 quick dry)
-- clear, fast drying glue to use on the pearls/gems
OPTION: inks/mists to tint the ribbon BEFORE making the flower.

NOTE: I used 4 feet of each trim to yield the large 4-inch cream flower and only 3 feet of trim for the smaller pink 3-inch flower.

STEP 1: Wrap all 3 trims around your 4 fingers, holding the ends with your thumb. Twist the 3 trims as you go so you don't end up with all the same style on one side. NOTE: If you are only using 3 feet of trim, then only wrap around 3 fingers for a smaller flower diameter.

STEP 2: Once you reach the second set of ends, take just the ribbon (my white seam binding) and wrap it through the middle to secure everything into a bow shape. NOTE: This will be a little harder if you only use 3 feet of trim and 3 fingers.

STEP 3: Carefully slip it off your fingers and very, VERY tightly tie the two ribbon ends together (my white seam binding).

STEP 4: Gently start shaping your flower by spreading out the trims. You may need to loop things together to get a nice round shape.

STEP 5: Put a generous amount of strong holding glue on the tied knot and tuck loose ends into it - secure by pressing your paper circle over top. Let it dry.

STEP 6: Flip it over and glue a bunch of pearls or gems to create a cluster in the middle - using clear, fast drying glue.

This flower may cost as much to make as it would to buy a premium fabric Prima flower... but the result is worth it. Best of all you can make it in any color or size you need :)

Please let me know what you think of this new tutorial!


  1. Wonderful! Very easy to perform and very beautiful result!

  2. Very cool! I have to try this!

  3. Fabulous tutorial Vicky, this flower looks great, I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers Di xo


  5. Fantastic!!! I am off to buy string pearls first thing in the AM!!!

  6. This is such a gorgeous use of pearl strings!!! Love all your flower tutorials.......following you now.

  7. muy hermosa la flor.Muchos exitos.

  8. This is gorgeous ! I have all supplies to make this & you make it so easy !! Thank you for the tutorial

  9. Lovely!!!! Thank-you for the great tutorial!

  10. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful!!

  11. This is so sweet! Thank-you!! I am making one now!

  12. Beautiful and easy, I love it.

  13. fantastic idea. I make crazy patchwork projects, your idea is perfect

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  15. Wow, so easy thank you. BTW. I collect lace, ribbons and buttons. off to the sewing room.

  16. Oi sou do Brasil amei vou fazer agradecida por ensinar.
    Estou no youtube Vamos Fuxicar com MALU OLIVEIRA
    Passa lá obrigado bj


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