How to Make Foam Flowers Step by Step
Flowers Made of Foam Sheets
Those are not real flowers. They are not plastic flowers either. These flowers are made of foam. Those sheets of foam that you can find in craft stores. The trick is not really difficult - form the contours using heat. No need for machines or gadgets that are expensive. Just use the iron you use in fixing the creases on your shirt.
Join me as I describe how to make these flowers. I literally did not settle until I made my own. I learned this craft from my sister in law. She joined formal training to learn how to make several flower patterns. She was so kind to have spent time teaching me for free. I am sure that your energy is rising higher ans higher and you are wishing to learn how to make these real-looking flowers.
This Christmas, it will surely cut cost if you will make your own Christmas decors using the techniques in making foam flowers. Simply add glitters of colors green, gold and red to your output and you will have stunning pieces of Christmas flower decors.
Photos are mine. These are pictures of foam flowers we made.
My Daughter's Flower Foam Project
How About a Quick Look at this Boy's Really Unique Flower Arrangement with Real Flowers?
Different colors of foam sheets
Choosing Foam Sheets
Foam sheets come in different thickness and colors.
When looking for this item online, you may type the words: "foam sheets" or "foam paper." You will find A4 size of foam paper in different thickness - it ranges from 2mm to 5mm. If you are going to make only few flowers, then it would be fine to buy the foam papers but if you want to make a bigger project, it is cost efficient to buy the foam sheet which is 12" x 18" but that is if you are buying in a physical store. It is a hassle to ship this sheet if you are only buying less than ten sheets.
In terms of thickness, for tiny flowers, it is best to use the thinnest foam sheet. It is needless to say that you have to use the thickest sheet if you are planning to make flowers with big petals. In fact, if you want to make really big flowers, you might need to reinforce the petals with a floral wire to give you more flexibility in forming it to desired shapes and to make the petals more sturdy and not saggy.
Selecting your Foam Sheet for Flower Making
I prefer the light shades, if not the white one.
Cream, light pink, lavender are my top picks.
It offers flexibility in coloring and gives a more beautiful output.
I simply love the contrast.
If you do not like to do coloring,
go for dark red, purple
and other bold and dark colors.
My First Foam Flower Output
Expected Flower Making Output
You will have flowers that are almost realistic.
Since the foam does not feature a shiny look
compared to plastics, it gives an impression
that the flower is real. Added character is -
the lines, grooves and folds of the real flower
are also replicated in the output.
Check my lens again to find picture showing this).
When you get the technique of coloring it,
You can copy how the real pattern of flowers look like.
Sample pic of coloring
The secret is using a foam,
that kind of foam used for dish-washing purposes.
Use about one inch square
Dip it in an oil paint
Hold the foam firmly with your thumb and pointer finger.
Make swift "wiping" strokes. This technique will give a gradient color effect.
Several Weeks of Work
Basket of Flowers Made of Foam
Bunch of Roses on the Wall
Inspiration; Sample Projects You Can Do
Up for the challenge?
Try making one of these! It will take all your spare time but in the end, you will love your output.
Choose white foam sheet.
Color your cut outs piece by piece. You will be needing white, yellow, pink and green oil paint.
This is really cute and one of my favorites.
This is smaller than the very first project but it will take you for time to complete it. It requires more time to assemble the petals of the flowers of the roses. Moreover, you will be needing more petals per flower than the first project.
You can do this project together with the third project.
The techniques required are the same.
Sunflower! The clock is about one foot in diameter.
Not all craftstores offer the materials used for foam making
Good to know that the foam is available in most craft stores
You can improvise your own tools
The main thing you need:
Iron for cloth
Oil paint or poster paint(poster paint may fade though)
Pattern (you can make your own pattern)
floral wires and floral tapes
Check out my lens after a week, I will be posting some patterns for you to copy
Other materials like steel patterns in different sizes can be improvise
Best Among the Rest
Which of my projects is your favorite?
General Steps in Making Foam Flowers
1.Make petal flower patterns on paper.
There are some craft lovers who are generous enough to post their templates for free. You can print these templates, and do step number 2.
For me, I sometimes use real flower petals. This may result to a messy work space but you are sure that you will be cutting off a pattern from a real flower.
2.Cut it out.
If you are cutting petals with intricate patterns, it is best to make use of a crafting scissor - the one which is slim and sharp. Slim works best when cutting through curves.
3.Place it on the surface of the foam and trace it.
It is best to trace it using a pencil with a 0.5 mm or 0.3mm so that you will not worry about traces of the outline you have made. If you have problem with light lines, you can make use of ball pen called friction pen. This lines you will make using this pen can be erased.
4.Cut it out.
Follow the tips in step two.
Coloring it needs a special technique. You have to make use of a foam like the one you use in washing dishes. Scroll up to check the photos and instructions on how to color these foam sheets.
6.Heat it by carefully putting it on the back of a hot iron (be careful not to overheat it. It will take few seconds to get the required heat for forming.
Sculpturing it could be a bit tricky. You have to shape it while it is still hot. This requires extra care - avoid getting burned. If you are doing this craft with your child, be sure to make her realize that it could hurt her if she is not careful.
My daughter loves making foam flowers with me and she is always fascinated with this step. She knows that the foam is hot. I do not allow her to do step number 6. Not now, perhaps if she grows a bit more.
8.Stick petals on floral wire with a glue gun.
Just like what you do when making flowers using paper - stick the petals using a glue gun and glue stick.