We had so much fun making the petals in Wire Flower Sculptures, Pt. 1. Now that our petals are dry, let’s put these things together!! Plug those glue guns in!
Materials Needed: (Clockwise from top left)
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Thick wire
- Thinner wire
- Glue gun and sticks
- Heavy duty tape (I used Gorilla Tape, but Duct tape will work too)
- Green artist tape
Don’t worry if the petals have slight imperfections. You can cover up certain edges when you arrange them together.
Once you have your first two petals in place, wrap the wires around each other to form a sort of stem. Use your glue gun to cover the wire in a hot glue bubble.
For your next petal, bend the wire so it can easily join the other petals.
Once you have your third petal in place, wrap the wire around the hot glue bubble. Use your pliers to ensure a tight fit.
Now that your third petal is secure, cover that petal’s wire in hot glue to seal it in with the rest of the hot glue bubble.
I really love hot glue! You can make anything! Well not anything, but almost. Once I have three petals secure in a bubble of glue, it’s time to make the pistils. These are the long pieces coming from the center of the lily. Take your thinner wire and hold it up to your petals to measure how long you want it, then cut using the wire cutters.
Use your pliers to form little curly cues at the end of the pistil.
If you click on the photos above you can see this step more clearly. I usually but a big glob of glue on the already formed bubble, then place the pistils wires inside the glue bubble and carefully hold the pistil wire in place until the glue dries.
Once you have your pistils in place, use MORE hot glue to secure your fourth petal. This part can be a bit of a pain, but I have faith that you can do it!!
Just keep wrapping the wire around the hot glue bubble, then use even more glue to secure the additional wire.
Cut two small strips of heavy duty tape and have them ready before you glue the last petal onto the others.
Once you have all five petals and pistils secure in a hot glue bubble, wrap the first piece of tape around the glue bubble while the glue is still hot. Use the second piece of tape to finish the job, then trim the bits of wire that are sticking out of the bottom of the tape.
Now you are ready to cut the stem! Use your thicker wire and measure how long you want the stem to be. Once the stem is cut, use a piece of tape and a bit of hot glue to attach it to your petals.
Use more tape to wrap the stem wire tight, then cover it with your green tape.
Keep wrapping the green tape until it covers the length of the stem. Then, you can bend the petals to make a more realistic looking flower.
For my lace petals, I opted not to use pistils. I thought it would look too busy. Side note- I do not recommend using lace. It’s too transparent, and quite frankly- a total pain in the ass to glue.
Now you have a bouquet of flowers that will never die.. Isn’t that exciting!! I plan to use mine to decorate my wedding, then my Burning Man camp. THEN THE WHOLE WORLD CAUSE I HAVE SO MANY.