Do you remember your childhood days’ daisy chains? I loved them! But for me’it was impossible to make them and I always had to ask the other girls to make them for me. And imagine how sad I was, when the beautiful flowers started to dry out and the chain fall apart. Childhood memories of hot summer days…
Now I know how to make my own daisy chains and the best news is – they never dry out! I also made a few for my neighbours and friends and feel very happy when I see them in the street or in their Facebook selfies with my floral presents.
Now I will show you the easiest way to make a long, long lasting daisy chain.
Quality is very important
First and very important. I am using paper. Thick, high quality watercolour paper, because it is very easy to sculpt and at the same time it is strong and not easy to break.
Second I am using acrylic paint. These have a wonderful ability – once dry, it is almost impossible to “melt” the colour again. Even after a hard rain, my paper flowers may possibly be destroyed, but the paint will not run on my face or my clothes.
So, I am dying some watercolour paper in 2-3 different shades of yellow and green. It is better to leave them to dry for around 2-3 hours.
Making the flowers
After that, while the yellow-green sheets are still drying, using my Sizzix Big shot machine I am cutting the white petals of the daisies.
And after that, with green paper wire and yellow beads I am making the “heart” of the stamens. I suggest using plastic, not glass beads, because they are lighter. The extra weight of 20-25 glass beads can be very uncomfortable on a hot summer day.
Twist the wire as shown on the picture and you will have 1/3 of your daisies ready.
Even like this they are a wonderful decoration.
When the yellow painted watercolour paper is 100% dry, using again my brave Sizzix big shot and Tattered Lace Puff ball dies, I am making the stamens.
After making a hole in the middle of every puff ball, I am threading them onto each wire stem – not less than 4 of them and gluing them in place. The different shades make the stamens look rich and full.
And after the stamens I am threading on 1, 2 or 3 levels of the white petals again gluing them in place. After the white petals I am threading on 1 or 2 levels of green petals. They make the flowers look more realistic and give more volume to the “bouquet”.
The last step is to straighten the bottom of the petals with a small bead or with some green tissue or crepe paper. I want to be sure that the heads of my flowers will be stable.
Made like this the daisy flowers are ready for table decoration and for many, many paper crafts.
Making the daisy chain
Now, with all these flowers, to create your own everlasting daisy chain is very easy. I am using a piece of paper wire as a foundation and twisting the stems around.
Once the chain is ready…
… using a satin ribbon, I am tightening the flower wreath to a metal tiara foundation.
But this second step is not necessary – you can keep the natural beauty of the daisy chain without using a tiara as a foundation. Actually it depends on your mood.
Enjoy your daisy chain! ♥