Make an Easy Strawflower Ornament
When the weather turns gray outside, add a cheerful color to your winter decorations with an easy-to-make floral ornament. Everlasting flowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum, Zones 8-10) are no-frills annuals that grow anywhere in full sun and well-drained soil. For this project, you will need flower heads with no stems. Grow your own or buy dried flower heads from a craft supplier or grower. The flowers used in our video were purchased from a small family farm in southern Ontario.
To make some straw flower balls yourself you will need:
- Round glass ornaments (clear or colored)
- Small glass or vase to hold the ornament while working
- Low temperature hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Everlasting flowers (40 to 50 heads per ornament)
- Scissors or scissors for trimming stems
- Tweezers or needle-nosed pliers
- Cut off any stems or leaves from the back of the flower heads so they can be more easily glued onto the ornament.
- Gently apply hot glue to the back of each flower and gently press the flower onto the glass ornament.
- Repeat until the ornament is covered with flower heads. It should take about 15 minutes to finish a medium-sized ornament.
Tip: Even hot glue at low temperatures can burn the skin. To protect your hands from burns when gluing, treat the flower heads with tweezers or long-nosed pliers.
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