Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Large Fantasy Bloom

Hi Crafters,Today is a special post, which I am dedicating to my Nan, who would have been 96 today. She would have loved Foamiran and the flowers it enables you to make, so this is for you Nan.xx For quite a while I have wanted to create a large statement bloom, so I thought today would be the day to make and share this fantasy bloom. It could be a heritage rose or a peony, well whatever you choose really, you decide. I've included a highlighted video, which has been shortened, I must appologise for coming out of shot a couple of times, but I burnt my hands.

You will need:
Ecru Foamiran (002) From 14 Craft Bar
Oil Pastels, Mid Green, Pale Pink or Peach and Deep Pink
Hot Glue Gun
Stamens in Yellow and Brown/red

Step 1: Cut your foamiran into squares, see the photo for measurements and numbers.

Step 2: Cut the petals, I find it easier to cut them exactly like I did for the rose and then take out the extra pieces. See the photo for a detailed view.

Step 3: Colour your photos use Green at the base of all petals.Then use less & less of the Deep Pink as and ore of the green as the petals get larger. See the photo included.

Step 4: Concertina fold the smallest petals as shown, then twist back and forth. Gently tease the twist out but leave the petals fairly tight.

Step 5:For all of the larger petal sizes, use something round to create the cupped shape, here I have used a soft apple, it's just the right size and gives a nice texture to the petals.

Step 6: Concertina the edges of all petals and twist as before, uncurl and gently stretch to increase the petal size and shape. The 2 largest size petals can also be rolled outwards on the edges. Here is the highlighted video showing me putting it together.

I used a spray varnish for my leaves this time, sadly I was a little heavy handed with it so they are rather glossy. Here is the finished Bloom inside and outside.

Thank you ever so much for joining me today, I really hope you have enjoyed my post today, including the video. I would love to hear what you think and what you thought of the video. Take care and Happy Crafting.xx


  1. This is excellent, so easy to follow, love the mix of stills and video.And the flower is very beautiful. Please keep posting !

  2. A beautiful flower today. I am sure your Gran would have loved it. Thank you for the video and tutorial. Brilliant.

  3. Your Gran wouldn't be loved this beautiful flower and been so proud of what you have achieved.
    This rose is gorgeous and I couldn't believe how large it turned out. As ever a great tutorial and the video is really helpful. Hope that your poor burnt hands are ok.
    Thank you for sharing Nicola x

  4. Oh Nicola, the burns were awful, need to get used to the new glue gun, it's a lot hotter than my last one, I think it was difficult with the camera as well, it will just take a bit of getting the hang of it. So pleased you like this, I have always wanted to do a large version.xx

  5. Beautiful flower Nick, your Nan would be proud. I love making these flowers, but the burnt fingers are not nice. Take care X X