Friday, July 2, 2010
We all love shoes! But lets face it - finding the perfect shoes for a special event (especially your wedding!) can be very tricky - particularly if you want to coordinate your shoes with your bridesmaids. We can all thank the lovely ladies at Martha Stewart for this fantastic tutorial on how to create leather flowers that will add flair to even the plainest of shoes!
Tools and Materials:
• Leather flower template
• Card stock
• Thin leather (such as pigskin or sheepskin)
• Sharp scissors
• Bowl of very warm to hot water
• Paper towels
• Styrofoam block
• White craft glue
• Small wide-mouthed cup, like a teacup
• Craft knife
• Clear grid ruler
• Coil-less safety pin or shoe clip
Leather Flowers How-To:
1. Print leather flower template onto card stock, and cut out shapes. Trace three small petals, three large petals, and one set of leaves onto leather with a pen. Staying inside the pen lines, cut all pieces from leather with sharp scissors.
2. Dip each petal in a bowl of very warm to hot water, one at a time, rubbing between fingers to saturate (the leather will change color when well-saturated). Lay each petal on a paper towel and dab off excess water. Pull each petal to stretch; pinch and organically accordion-fold ends of petals. Open and hang each petal upside-down over a pencil stuck in a Styrofoam block, so it dries in a curved cup shape. Let dry for 8 to 10 hours.
3. Overlap two of the larger petals in an "X" shape and affix with a dab of white glue. Continue securing petals to the center with glue, one more large followed by three small, offsetting each one. Place in a small cup to dry.
4. To create the stamen/center, cut a 4-by-4-inch square of leather. Beginning 1/8 inch from one side, slice leather from top to bottom every 1/8 inch with a craft knife, leaving borders on top and bottom of 1/4 inch (a clear grid ruler makes measuring and guiding these cuts easier). Draw a bead of craft glue along the 1/4-inch borders on top and bottom of wrong side of leather. Fold and match glued edges together, creating a row of loops. Draw another line of craft glue along bottom edge of loops, and roll up tightly. Glue to middle of flower and let dry.
5. Trace leaf onto leather and cut out. Fringe edges of leather leaves with scissors or craft knife.
6. Mix two tablespoons craft glue with one cup very warm or hot water; saturate leaf in glue mixture. Mold leaf around dried leather flower, and pinch tops of each leaf in half to make a main "vein." Place in cup until dry (about 4 to 5 hours). Once dry, glue leaf to flower. Attach a safety pin or shoe clip to back.
Visit Martha Stewart for an accompanying How-To video