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Making floral picks takes just a few simple materials. First you’ll want to gather some sentiment stamps, ink, and a variety of cardstock, some small ready-made embellishments and dimensional foam adhesive. A hot glue gun is helpful too.
For this set of decorative handmade embellishments, we layered bright colors of cardstock punched using a several sizes of the Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch. You can use regular adhesive or foam dimensional adhesive, or a combination of the two, between each layer. You’ll notice that there is a great contrast in color from one layer to the next allowing each individual layer to add interest to the overall piece.
For this set of embellishments, we layered several sizes of the Round 'N Round Squeeze Punch. You’ll notice also that we created five small notches around the circle so they resembled the shape of a sand dollar. Again, we used small ready-made embellishments as shown in the photo below to add even more interest and dimension to our pieces.
These particular ready-made embellishments are called Flower Button Dots, but can also be recreated using your medium sized punches and small pop-up punches. These add lots of interest with the addition of the buttons and bling.
If you choose to put a sentiment on your floral pick, you’ll want to trim a piece of patterned paper to ¾” x 8”. Use your scissors to create a triangular notch in one end so it looks like a banner flag. Then choose your sentiment stamp, place it on a clear block, ink it up and stamp. I highly recommend using waterproof Ink, so if your recipient gets a small amount of water on the sentiment portion of the floral pick while watering their plant the ink won’t run and ruin the image. After, stamping, you’ll then place adhesive on the entire backside of the stamped image, bend in half without pressing together, place the slight fold on a wooden skewer and secure.
Speaking of wooden skewers, you’ll want to use either thin dowel rods (available at most craft and hardware stores) or use wooden food skewers (available at your local grocery store). If you want to have two floral picks in the same pot or want to put one in a smaller pot of flowers, they will look best if you cut the skewer to a shorter size. This is easily accomplished using the Cuts + More Scissors.
I recommend using a low-temp hot glue gun to attach your embellishments to your wooden skewers. You can also place a punched circle or scalloped circle on the back, sandwiching the skewer between the layers of cardstock and to give a more finished overall appearance.
Another fun alternative to embellishing the layered scalloped circle base is to layer a few different sizes of pinwheels on top. If you have the Jenni Bowlin Pinwheel Squeeze Punch you can use that to create the smaller pinwheel.
To make a pinwheel of any size, you'll first cut your patterned paper into a square or use a square punch of any size, depending on how small/large you want your pinwheel. Use your 1/16” hand circle punch to put a small hole in the center of the square. Starting at each point of the square, make a cut in toward the center, stopping just shy of the center. Place a glue dot over the center hole. Fold the right corner of each triangle in toward the center adhering to the glue dots. Embellish the center with a button, brad or an adhesive-backed rhinestone. Fluff and shape your pinwheel as necessary.
For this pick, we took the layered scalloped circle and circle embellishments and added a little more interest to it by including a leaf shape punched from the Branch Out XX-Large Lever Punch.
Here is a good peek at the short version of the floral picks. These work great in pots that have a low-profile foliage and especially look amazing tucked into little pots of succulents.
Happy floral pick making!
Cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper)
Patterned Paper (Little Yellow Bicycle)
Flower Button Dots (Little Yellow Bicycle)
Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
Low-Temp Hot Glue Sticks
Foam Dimensional Adhesive
Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko)