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If you ever want to make a fascinator using an artificial flower you may have to prepare it first. Most artificial flowers (made of foam, silk or fabric) can be used but if you want to get rid of stalks and other plastic bits you can prepare it like this:

You will need:

– An artificial flower (purchased at most hobby/ craft/ millinery stores or garden centres. I bought this particular one from Hobbycraft (it’s a pink Peony rose).

– A Glue gun with glue sticks.

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1. Find the base of the flower (where the green leafy base usually meets the stalk) and gather the fabric petals in one hand and the base of the green stalk in the other and tug apart hard. But do this very carefully or you risk tearing the fabric. Usually these flowers are put together with flexible (hot) glue so they should come apart easily.

2. Next you need to remove the green leaf bit (flower base) from the flower, tug this in the same firm but gentle way and you should be left with one artificial flower head and one leafy base just as in the picture to the left.

3. Then if you have multiple petal bases, as with this flower, you may want to get rid of the plastic centre stamens (which are just a tad tacky in my opinion and you can easily replace them with much prettier beads) and take apart each petal base so that you can strengthen it.

Then…

4. Once you have all the petals pulled apart (remember to stack them in order!), get your green base and add a circle of hot glue to it’s centre.

5. Next gather the first petal layer and stick it to the glued green base. Line it up carefully so that you can still see a hole – though you don’t have to be accurate unless you specifically need the hole to be left clear (i.e. for threading something through it.

6. Keep glueing each petal layer, pressing them down hard so that they stick firmly. Occasionally you may come across some plastic spacers – if you want to ensure that this particular type of flower is given enough volume between petals then glue them back into place too. If you prefer for the spacers to be removed then discard them.

7. Once you’ve glued all the petal layers down you should be left with the original, but strengthened, flower head, all ready for you to use on your next fascinator project. The centre can be decorated with beads or whatever takes your imagination!

For details on where I used this particular peony rose flower take a look at this tutorial: https://oohlalaplume.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/how-to-make-an-artificial-flower-with-netting-alice-band-fascinator/

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