Here is a baby shower bouquet that I made for a work colleague.
I made the roses using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge and some small dowels (available at Joann’s or your local craft store in the wood craft area.) I stained them with a water-based wood stain and cut each dowel into 3 pieces. In addition to Tim Holtz cardstock, I also used some pale pink felt for the flower center, dimensional glue dots, and Helmar’s 450 glue (which dries quickly) for the flowers. I previously provided the steps on the Cricut Fanatics blog, but I am including them here as well for a one-stop reference on the bouquet.
For the Cricut cut, I cut the scalloped rose (Accent1-f) from the Artiste cartridge. I cut some at 4″ tall and some at 3″ tall. You may wish to ink the edges on your rose cuts; however, for this project I liked the lighter edge. Once the flowers are ready for assembly, follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Use a 1″ circle punch to punch the flower center. Use scissors to snip towards the center of the felt circle.
Step 2 – Adhere the dimensional glue dot to the felt circle.
Step 3 – Place stained dowel into dimensional glue dot and press firmly.
Step 4 – Press the felt around the dimensional glue dot to make a small ball at the end of the dowel.
Step 5 – Set dowel aside and using Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole in the base of the scalloped rose.
Step 6 – Beginning with the outside edge of the flower cut, wrap the flower snugly around the felt ball at the end of the dowel. Do not try to tuck in the tail at this point as this step is to form the rose shape before gluing. Once you have wrapped it, release the flower. It will maintain its overall shape.
Step 7 – Slide the formed flower up the dowel. The punched hole should fit over the dowel. Glue the base and adjust as necessary. You may want to use an awl or separate dowel to push in the felt in case some of the little edges are trying to escape.
And here is a finished flower.
To complete the bouquet, I added an owl from Cricut’s Create A Critter Cartridge cut at 2.5″ tall, and an egg from the Give a Hoot Cartridge. The egg measures 2.5″ tall. I added some shading with Copics and used pop dots to add dimension for both the owl and the egg. I hand “cracked” the egg using scissors. The small part is added to the owl’s head and the other is placed in the nest.
The nest, the mushroom, and the pink flowers and circular centers (stamped with a hedgehog) are from the Silhouette Online Store. I cut a few twigs for the nest in various colors and sizes.
I cut the letters for “Hatching Soon” at about 1″ tall using the Silhouette Designer Edition software and a font on my computer. I added an offset and welded it together to create the dark brown frame around the letters and provide a continuous support for the patterned paper layers. I cut two offset letter layers and adhered one behind the dowel in order to keep the lettering straight and adhered. I also cut an extra base nest layer and adhered it to the dowel in the pack. The hedgehog is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and colored with Copic markers.
And there you have it – a fun paper centerpiece for a baby shower.