Have I got something for you that's so amazing and easy to make - flowers made out of hot glue! Let me show you how these adorable flowers are made and be ready for a picture overload!
You will need:
Hot Glue Gun and lots of glue sticks
Silicone Mat (optional)
Large spoon or bone folder/paper creaser or rubber handles of scissors/pliers
Small bowl of ice water (in case you get hot glue on fingers)
1. Place a silicon mat over your work station. If you don't have one, lay down a sheet of parchment paper.
2. Begin by squeezing out hot glue on the mat or paper in a circular motion. Small petals will need small blobs of glue, and large petals will need large blobs of glue.
3. Cover the glue blob with a small piece of parchment paper.
4. Using the bowl of the spoon or bone folder, smooth out the hot glue blob, pushing down and out. For a more decorative pattern, push and flatten the glue at the 12-3-6-9 marks so you won't get a plain round circle. I also used the palm of my hand in a circular motion to flatten the glue.
5. After flattening the glue, roll up the silicon mat and or parchment papers with the glue sandwiched between and let cool. Rolling the glue helps give dimension and texture to the petals.
6. Unroll - the curved glue petal easily peels off of the parchment paper and silicone mat. If you see holes in the glue, just add more hot glue on holes and flatten with parchment paper or silicone mat. Don't worry about any small air pockets.
7. For one flower, you should make 3-4 small hot glue petals and 4-5 larger hot glue petals.
To Assemble Flower: 1. Take a small hot glue petal and roll up loosely, making sure you leave opening at both ends. Seal with hot glue.
2. Take another small petal and add hot glue to center and attach small rolled up petal.
Add hot glue to ends of petal to seal. Be careful adding the hot glue. I used the mat and parchment paper to roll and seal the glue to avoid glue burns. I intend on getting some silicone finger protectors real soon. But keep a small bowl with ice water nearby for dunking fingers if you get hot glue on them.
3. Continue gluing on petals, overlapping and alternating previously glued on petals into a flower shape.
Have fun assembling your flower with hot glue!
Soon you'll have a lovely flower . . .
that feels like rubber and is
The opening in the first petal allows for inserting LED string lights if you want.
Think outdoor décor or how about holiday and special occasions!
How cool is this?
And you can color them using nail polish, glass or acrylic paint, spray paint or alcohol inks. Your choice!
I've mentioned before that I live in a +55 community. While the houses next to each other are suppose to look a bit different to get away from the usual cookie cutter appearance, there's still a lot of the same builder's grade amenities like the front concrete walkways and entrances. Most of our homes have a brick or stone façade and I noticed a few of the home owners started having their concrete entrances and steps covered in the same material as the façade. This is being done by the guy who initially did the facades for the builder but now is making income on the side doing this. It has become somewhat of a conversation piece as to who would be next to jump on the bandwagon.
My next door neighbor is from Portugal and came to the states when he was in his early twenties as a stonemason. After a few years, he opened his own custom pool and landscape business, from which he "retired." Shortly after he and his wife moved next door, he created a beautiful stone walkway, patio and waterfall, and stacked stone wall at his home. It was all handcrafted and really showed off his skills and craftsmanship. One day, my hubby and I were talking with this neighbor about how some of the other neighbors were having their front concrete entrances covered and he started talking about and showing us some of the flaws in the workmanship - like not using the same color grout in the mortar joints, uneven bricks and leveling, etc. He then compared the flaws to his work. In other words, he is very proud of his creations and a perfectionist in what he does. And the best part, he offered to cover our front walkway and entrance in whatever stone we wanted! Yay!
I jumped at the offer since I had been concerned about a crack around the step getting bigger (the builder said they wouldn't fix small cracks such as this) as the house continued to settle. The crack was the first thing I look at when walking to the front door and considered it an eyesore.
Since our siding was gray and the stone front had lots of gray in it, I decided to go with gray flagstone.
The workmen took precautions and covered the driveway in plastic.
They started covering the sides with flagstone, first.
Next, the top pattern was laid out:
Making sure every flagstone is level, well-fitted and the joints are even and consisted.
The area was cleaned and the flagstones washed allowing for set-up time before grouting.
I really like the bullnose edging!
Grouting the flagstones:
Washing - making sure the flagstone is clean and free of excess mortar.
The finished look creates a warm welcoming feeling. I am so thankful and grateful to my neighbor! It's great to have wonderful neighbors, don't you think!
Now to add more flowers and mulch!
The flagstone sure does add a visual interest to the front and serves as an welcoming entrance to our home!
Want to know how to transform those Styrofoam coffee cups you have and use into uniquely shaped vases? I saw a tutorial on Instructables from a few years ago and was curious to see if it really worked.
Materials Used: Styrofoam cups Crock Pot or Large Pot w/Lid Rubber bands Weights
Here's what I did: 1. Add water 3/4 full to crock pot set on high or to stove pot w/lid and let water heat up hot or boiling, first.
2. Put a rubber band around a Styrofoam cup. It's easier to start at the bottom of the cup where it's smaller and move the band up. I distorted the first cup trying to put the rubber band on from the top. Also, the tighter you make the rubber bands the greater a unique design develops.
3. Add a small weight (I used a small glass votive) to keep the cup partially down and put in hot water. *Over at Instructables, the directions said to put cup in a small bowl first, but I found this unnecessary in using both the crockpot and large pot with lid. *Tip: I used pot holder gloves and tongs to remove the cups - be careful, the water is extremely HOT!
4. Depending on the type of crockpot you're using (I tried two different ones), with both heating quite differently. One, I left the cup in for over an hour with the following pictured results:
It took a long time for the cup to transform and then it was bending slightly. Don't know if this was from the pressure of the rubber bands.
Next, I cut off the top border and tighten two rubber bands by doubling them twice and put in another crockpot.
With the second crockpot, it only took a few minutes to achieve the results as seen in the picture below. Still, bending slightly, and I didn't do a good job in cutting the foam.
I tighten the bands again and use just one near the top. I put this cup in a large pot, added a weight and put a lid on the pot. The cup took just a few minutes to change. I like this shape much better.
I tighten the bands again, weighted the cup and put this one in the second crockpot that heated hotter on HI than the first. I like this shape the best!
Here's the group of banded cups I submersed.
The experiment of transforming foam cups into vases really does work. Although a bit wonky, and unique. Isn't that what some of us look for in décor? The possibilities are open for adding embellishments like covering the vases with a foam coating to change the texture appearance and adding other mixed media are unlimited. Perhaps I'll try something like that next.