How to Make Yarn Flowers Without a Loom

So, a while agone, I roughshod in love with loom flowers. They are such a cute accent, and you can use ribbon, raffia and all types of yarn and string to make them. I love them layered with other flowers to make accent pieces that tin go in hair, on sweaters, on purses, anywhere you lot can clip them (Aubrey and I share and nosotros have a ton of these things, we both love them!).

A few weeks ago, nosotros had Recognition Night for Activity Days (this is a basically similar Cub Scouts for girls at our church). I’m an banana leader and our theme was DOTS which stands for Depend on the Savior. It was totally beautiful, with a dot garland, dot cupcakes and dot everything. Nosotros wanted to practise something fun the girls could wear to call up the night, so I came up with these bows:

I wound a bunch of loom flowers, had some of my scrapbook flowers and buttons, and a the big polka dot blossom I sewed. The girls got to layer them, then I helped them hot glue information technology all together and add a clip. They turned out so cute and the girls picked great color combinations! I was seriously impressed with their inventiveness and taste. My pink and green was sort of irksome compared to the teals and oranges, or blues and purples.

Anyway, I accept some looms that I bought off Etsy that piece of work really well, merely my kids broke off some of the prongs from the size I needed, so I had to improvise. One of the looms I bought (observe the circumvolve inside the circle, likewise something you tin can practice with my improvised method):

Showtime, you need a piece of styrofoam. Y’all could also potentially drill holes into a piece of forest for a more permentant loom, but the stryofoam works nifty, since you can option whatsoever size (from most 1″ to 5″) and number of loops.

Outset, I used a loving cup in the correct size to make my circumvolve. I actually found this particular loving cup really useful, since I used the lines to space the nails. Y’all don’t have to be exact on this, which is another nice thing. The flowers are pretty forgiving. I pressed the nails fairly far into the styrofoam, and angled them just slightly toward the cup.

Ok, once you have your circumvolve made, it’s time to start winding. I secured the end with a pin. Then wind effectually the nails, going across the circle. I’ve numbered the nails in this photo then yous can go an idea:

Wind loosely, non pulling on the nails, merely using them as a guide. One time you become going, it will look like this:

Keep going until you’ve gone around at least iii times. I choose to do five rounds for this blossom. Y’all can cheque to make sure they are all even past counting the loops on each blast.

Cut your yarn, leaving at least eighteen” tail. Thread this on a needle. Pulling it beyond the bloom, every bit if to make another loop, place the needle under all the yarn loops on that nail.

Pull taut. Go effectually the opposite side of the loop, down underneath ii of the loops, then pull up through the summit. This volition secure a loop around each “petal.”  Repeat this stride until each petal is secure. Yous can also exercise this stride in a contrasting colour or with a different type of textile (sparse ribbon, raffia, etc) for a very absurd effect.

Once that is finished, stick the needle into the middle.

If you lot have more than flowers to wind, gently pull the petals off the nails, leaving them behind. If you lot are done, pull the nails out of the styrofoam.

Pull the tail through the middle to the dorsum. Gentle tie the ends together (don’t pull to hard or the loops will pull through) in a square knot. Trim ends.

Finished bloom:

Another view of the finished flower and the bow:

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