You may recall a couple years ago there were photos floating around the internet of Hello Kitty bouquets. About a week ago I stumbled upon one and was curious if the bouquets were available for sale anywhere. To my dismay I couldn't find anyone selling the flowers so I decided to make one of my own. It was surprisingly easy to make so I'm sharing the process with all of you.
Disclosure: I'm not a florist. There might be better methods to making this. This is a tutorial on how I created the bouquet.
4 White Carnations
2 Plastic Black Shank Buttons - if you can find an oval shape even better
1 Plastic Yellow Shank Button
1 Sheet of White Craft Foam
Black Card Stock
Green Floral Tape
Tightly bind 4 carnations together with some floral tape. You want it too look like one giant carnation so try to avoid any gaps.
Wrap wire around the back of all three buttons (refer to picture). The wire tail should be about 2 1/2".
Place button wires into the flowers to create the face (make sure they're secure). You might need to trim the wire a little so your buttons sit flat on top of the flowers. I also recommend looking at a Hello Kitty image to get the nose and eye spacing correct.
Tie a traditional red bow and trim off tales. Attach a floral wire to bow. Cut two rounded triangles from the white foam for ears. You'll want the ears to be slightly bigger opposed to proportionate. Glue one of the ears on the back of the bow. Tape the other ear to the floral wire. The wire should be 6" in length.
Situate ears at the top of the bouquet. You will need to bend the ears back about 90 degrees. The flowers should cover part of the foam ears (this is why we made them larger). With floral tape, wrap wire and stems to secure in place.
Last are the whiskers. Cut 6 thin strips of black card stock measuring 2" in length. Pin three strips to each side of the face inside the flowers using straight pins. You now have a Hello Kitty Bouquet. For more color surround it with other flowers or wrap it in cellophane and tissue paper.
This project is cross-posted over at Must Have Cute (other site I write for).