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How to Make Crafts from Dried Flowers

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Overview

Dried flowers make colorful and decorative home décor items, but you can also use dried flowers to craft distinctive beads. Polymer clay beads are simple to create; cut the clay into any shape that you like with clay cutters to make pendant beads, or make small cabochon-style beads from a clay roll. You can dry any type of flower petals that you like to create a potpourri mix for the beads. If you prefer whole flowers on the beads, dry tiny flower blossoms such as forget me knots. The dried flowers add a natural design element to each of your clay bead creations.

Step 1

Knead a section of polymer clay the size of a golf ball between your hands to soften it. Flatten the clay as much as possible with the palm of your hand.

Step 2

Set the pasta machine on the highest setting. Insert one end of the flattened clay through the rollers of the pasta machine. This will cause the clay panel to have a uniform thickness.

Step 3

Roll the clay panel into a snake. Begin rolling the longest side of the panel. Work the snake roll until the diameter is the desired size for the beads.

Step 4

Slice the clay snake into beads. The width of each slice equals the depth of the beads. Place the beads onto a tinfoil-covered baking sheet so that one of the flat sides is facing up. Skewer each bead from side to side with a metal skewer. Place the hole in the center of the bead.

Step 5

Bake the beads in the oven according to the clay manufacturer's directions. Let the beads cool.

Step 6

Apply a coat of decoupage medium to one side of the clay bead. Place a dried flower into the glue on the bead. Spread more decoupage glue on top of the dried flowers. Let the glue dry.

Step 7

Follow the directions in step 7 to decoupage dried flowers onto the other side of each bead.

Things You'll Need

  • Polymer clay
  • Pasta machine
  • Clay cutter
  • Metal skewer
  • Baking sheet
  • Tinfoil
  • Dried Flowers
  • Decoupage medium
  • Artist's brush

References

  • Sculpey: Working with Polymer Clay

Who Can Help

  • The Artful Crafter: How to Decoupage
  • Florage: Drying Flowers
Keywords: flower beads, handmade beads, clay beads, decoupage beads

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.