So I may not have maintained my goal of blogging about my #daphnerosainbloom every week but I am pretty damn pleased with this DIY handmade mistletoe for November & can’t wait to share it with you! If you’re new to the project I have been studying a different seasonal flower each month in 2016 to gain creative inspiration to create something different each month. I have created postcards for charity, shibori dyed flowers & even used clay as the year has progressed & have loved having the freedom to create with no agenda. This month I decided to look at mistletoe as the festive season is fast approaching & one of my favourite christmas decorations is this glittery mistletoe…
I’ve been wanting to use my clay We Make Collective box for ages now & this seemed a perfect little project to get it out & have a go! I’ve also been working with felt & glitter fabric recently on some new card wallets so thought I’d use these too as they were to hand & who doesn’t like a bit of glitter at Christmas! I thought it would be nice to create a DIY decoration that was super simple so here it is!
- FIMO oven bake clay from We Make Collective
- Grey felt
- Pink glitter fabric
- Black florist wire
- Glue gun
- White florist tape
- White & gold bakers twine
- First I took an equally sized piece of white & pale pink clay & squeezed them together to create a marble effect. I then rolled these into small bead shapes. I did insert the wire at this point to create a small hole for glueing onto the wire later but eventually decided against this so you an ignore the little holes! I then placed these in the oven – following the instructions on the packaging – at 130 degrees for about 20 minutes. They will still be soft when you take them out but will harden as they cool.2. Then I cut the leaf shapes. I decided I wanted double-sided leaves, one side glitter & one side felt so I placed the felt & glitter fabric wrong sides together & cut out the leaves freehand. This ensures that both sides are the same shape for gluing later.3. With all leaves cut I cut the wire into short lengths – approx 5cm – & using my hot glue gun glued a line down the middle of each glitter leaf, placed on the wire & then sandwiched the felt on top!4. With all leaves glued on individual pieces of wire I then grouped them into groups of three & twisted the wires together. Then I twisted the groups of three leaves all together to create the mistletoe shape I wanted. I decided I didn’t really like the look of the wire so wrapped the white florist tape around the wire, starting at the bottom leaves & working my way up. The florist tape sticks to itself when stretched so don’t worry that it isn’t sticky to start with!5. The last thing to do was to attach the berries which I did using my glue gun again, glueing them at various points on the stem & voila!
I loved making this DIY handmade mistletoe & it now has pride of place hanging at home ready for a little festive smooching! If you give it a go I’d love to see what you create so do be sure to tag me & use the hashtag #daphnerosa on Instagram.