Build Flowers That Last All Year

With temperatures on the rise, it’s time to get outside and start a few new projects. I looked around in my junk drawer and recycling bin for some up-cycled inspiration. In keeping with the season, I came up with a few simple metal flower tutorials that are easy and fun.
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Large Loop Flower
what you need: large gauge wire and wire cutters
Step 1: Cut a large section of wire, depending on the size of flower you want to make. I used about 4 feet of wire for each flower.
Step 2: Make a 90 degree bend about one inch in from the end of your wire. You will use this section to secure the petals loops.
Step 3: Make a 2 inch petal-like loop and wrap it just beneath the 90 degree bend towards the shorter end. Pull the wire tight and make sure it’s securely looped. Repeat 4 or 5 times until you have a full bloom.
Step 4: Flatten the 90 degree bend so that it is flush with the bottom of the flower. This will lock your petals into place and create a clean look.
Step 5: Trim the stem to fit the vase you’re using for display.
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Faucet Flower
what you need: a water hose valve, small gauge wire, washers, and wire cutters
Step 1: Cut 2 feet of wire and bend it in half.
Step 2: Secure a small washer at the bend in the wire. Make sure the washer is bigger than the center hole on the hose valve.
Step 3: Insert the unbent ends of the wire stem into the center hole of the hose valve.
Step 4: Now add another washer at the unbent ends of the wire stem and push it all the way up till it hits the bottom of the valve.
Step 5: Secure the bottom washer in place by tying or wrapping the wire around it. This will permanently attach the valve to the wire stem.
Step 6: Twist the two ends of wire together to complete the flower stem.
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Washer Flower
what you need: several different size washers, small gauge wire, and wire cutters
Step 1: Cut around 2.5 feet of wire and bend it in half.
Step 2: Secure the washer at the bend of the wire.
Step 3: Make a 2 inch loop through the center of the washer and twist is closed. Repeat until the washer has a full bloom of loops around its edge.
Step 4: Twist the remainder of the wire ends around each other to create the stem.
Step 5: Trim the stem to fit the vase you’re using to display the your flowers.
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Mini Loop Flower
what you need: small gauge wire and wire cutters
Step 1: Cut about 8 inches of wire.
Step 2: Make a small petal shaped loop in the middle of the wire.
Step 3: Double that loop.
Step 4: Twist wire around the double loops so that it forms one sturdy loop.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you’ve created 5 or 6 petals. If you need more wire, simply cut a few more inches and wrap it onto the petals you’ve already created. You’ll most likely need to do this for each new petal.
Step 6: Depending on the vase you’ll use to display your flowers, make your stem accordingly.
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Mini Metal Flower
what you need: a flower punch, recycled papers or soda cans, a nail, a hammer, small gauge wire, and wire cutters
Step 1: Pick out what supplies you want to use to your flower punch on to create the petals of your flower. I used some recycled card stock and a few thin sheets of metal. Then punch out a few shapes.
Step 2: With your hammer and nail, make a tiny hole in the middle of the flower cut outs.
Step 3: Cut about 2 feet of wire and bend the wire in half. Twist it around a few times at the bend to make a loop that’s larger than the nail hole in your flower cut outs.
Step 4: Insert the unbent ends of your wire stem through the nail holes of 2 of the flower cut outs until they hit the loop you made at the opposite end.
Step 5: Wrap the loose wire ends together so that the flower cut outs are secure at the top of the wire stem.
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
Build a Better Spring / Crafted in Carhartt
While I was working, I wore my Carhartt Force Performance Tank and Denim Bib Overall. The lightweight Force material is designed with FastDry® and Stain Breaker® technology to wick away sweat, release stains, and fight odors. And if you ask me, a pair of Carhartt overalls are a must have in the wardrobe of any crafty woman.