Window Screen Flower Bouquet
- Clay pot, 4” tall
- Window screen panels: 6”x6”, six; 2”x14”
- Wire, 12” length
- Wooden dowels, three
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Hauser Light Green; Royal Fuchsia; Tangelo Orange; Lemon Yellow; White
- Wool roving or craft felt: fuchsia; yellow; green
- White grosgrain ribbon, 1”
- Green fabric, 1/8 yd.
- Yellow scrap fabric, 3/4”x18”
- White buttons: small, six; large, three
- STYROFOAM brand floral foam (FloraCraft)
- Chipboard, 1-1/2” squares, two
- Black fine-tip permanent marker
- Marvy Circle Punches (Uchida): 1”; 1-1/4”
- Felting needle and mat (if using roving) (Clover Needlecraft)
- Heavy-duty scissors
- Needle-nose pliers
- Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
- 1. Use black marker to draw desired flower shape onto screen. Use heavyduty scissors to cut six flowers from screen. Use needle-nose pliers to bend round edges of screen in back and flatten to finish flower edges. For grass, cut 1”-long fringe into screen strip and bend/press top edge to finish.
- 2. In separate containers, mix equal parts Royal Fuchsia, Lemon Yellow and Tangelo Orange with White. Paint two flowers each color, making sure all surfaces are covered thoroughly. Paint fringed strip and dowel rods Hauser Light Green. Let dry.
- 3. For stencil, punch 1” and 1-1/4” circles from chipboard pieces. Stencil polka dots on flowerpot using same color mixes from flowers and undiluted Hauser Light Green. Let dry.
- 4. Use wire to attach flower layers together, sandwiching dowel between layers, making sure wire ends are in front of flower. Glue to secure. For flower centers, use wool roving and felting tool to make 1-1/4” circle from each color or cut circles from craft felt. Glue flower centers to flowers, covering wires. Tie embroidery floss through button holes and glue to flower centers. Tie green fabric strip around each dowel rod and trim ends in “leaf” shape.
- 5. Glue screen grass strip around outside lip of pot. Glue white ribbon around flowerpot lip to cover screen. Tie yellow fabric strip around pot over ribbon. Cut floral foam to fit inside flowerpot. Glue fabric to top of foam, and down sides. Place foam inside pot.
- 6. Mark dowel placement on fabric. Cut small “x” in fabric over each mark and place one dowel firmly into foam. Remove dowels, add small amount of glue to each hole and reinsert dowels. Let dry.
by Carla Schauer