Lately, I have been making a lot of fabric flowers for baby headbands. Even though I am saving a ton of money making my own flowers, I still seem be spending to much on the center embellishments.
So I did what any other handy dandy crafter would do, and I purchased the rhinstone jewels and pearls online (instead of a craft store). I thought... I am going to make these! It will be so easy and I'll save a lot of money.
Eehhh WRONG! It was not easy. In fact it took several hours, days, weeks to come up with this final design, that I think finally looks similar enough to the ones they sale. Whew!
So what you will need:
glue and glue gun
and a piece of plastic wrapper
I purchased size 6mm feux pearls, they came in assorted colors but now I wish I had gotten the flat back pearls. It would have been much easier to work with plus you won't have the holes in the pearls where they are meant for beading. Also I wish I had gotten a bigger size like maybe 10-12mm. I found some exactly how I'd like to buy them next time here, and its for a very cheap price.
I purchased the 4mm sew on rhinestone beads. However, again I should have gotten more like 6mm. Live and learn. I found the 6mm ones I want to buy next time here, and again for a very cheap price with free shipping, yay!
Ok, cheesy picture, but what I did was get a plastic wrapper to a card package (I believe) any thick plastic wrapper will do.
Place a very small amount of hot glue onto the plastic sheet.
Then place the pearl onto the glue.
Then add another small amount of glue to the side of the pearl and onto the plastic (as close to the pearl as possible) and place your first rhinestone.
Keep gluing the rhinestones all the away around the pearl.
Let it dry for about 30 seconds and then very carefully and slowly begin to peel it up off of the plastic.
There you have it, your own handmade embellishment. Its already to adhere to your flower.
To adhere it, just apply a small amount of hot glue to the back of it and place it on your flower.
This has made flower making so much easier now. This process takes about 2 minutes max. I can make several at a time and have them already to just pop in my flower. Now I just need to get the bigger pearls and rhinestones so my flower doesn't swallow them.
Hope this tutorial helped. If if did, pretty please pin it.
Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...