Birthday Craft Ideas

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Silk bouquets, especially silk flower wedding bouquets can be created days or even weeks before the ceremony. There is no lacking of choices in the colors or the type of flowers and of course the shape and design. Among the really popular designs that brides prefer is the cascading silk bouquets. As with anything important, cascading wedding bouquets need careful attention, some hard work and persistence to ensure the bouquet looks absolutely gorgeous as it tumbles down the front of the bride on her special day.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

To create a cascading bouquet you need a hand held bouquet holder that has a Styrofoam insert, some mass blossoms like carnations, a number of line flowers like delphinium, a few stems of small blossoms like rose buds, a wire cutter, floral tape, 3 yards of ribbon and an empty container or vase. Of course, you can choose other flowers but stay with the general form of flower to ensure a great cascading bouquet.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Prepare a rather wide working area, making sure it's clean. Divide the blossoms based on their type and color. Set them aside to one side of your working space. Next is to get the empty container and put it in the center of the work area. Then position the bouquet holder in the vase so that both of your hands are free to get the job done efficiently. Trim five of the mass blossoms until the stem's around 4 inches. Position the main mass blossom in the middle of the foam. Proceed to position the rest of the mass blossoms in different angles from the top going to the base of the holder, making sure it looks well balanced. Continue to fill out the foam with the blossoms in varying measurements. Make sure there is an empty and open area at the base of the holder for the cascade piece. If you like, you can include some rhinestone spray bits.

For the cascade part, place a single 8 inch line blossom at the base of the foam in the back center. Prepare an ivy vine approximately 15 inches long. Get a wire and cut it into numerous pieces, all 5 inches long. Take the small blossoms, like the rose buds, and cut the stem into half an inch length. Tape each blossom to the piece of cut wire. Proceed to tape the small blossoms on the wire to the ivy vine and adorn with some pearl sprays or rhinestone. Place the cascade part in the base of the floral foam at the center part. You can then place a wired ribbon on the body of the bouquet to complete the silk cascading wedding bouquet.

Check that the form and shape is as you desire by looking at it in front of the mirror. You can then see all the angles of your gorgeous bouquet.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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