Learn how to make spiral flowers using burlap and mod podge to make a cute easter or spring topiary
I first saw a spiral flower (although it was curled wood) on a wreath at Target a few years ago before my days of blogging. I thought it so unique and very creative. So did many other crafters as it has become a very popular paper craft item to make. I've had on my list to make an Easter Egg Topiary out of spiral flowers made with my go to fabric, burlap. :
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Start by "painting" the burlap with mod podge to make it stiff and fray free.
While waiting for the mod podged burlap to dry (about 2 hours), paint a paper mache egg ( 8 inches tall) using Americana Wild Orchid acrylic that matched the burlap. While drying, I traced approximately 55-60 circles onto the burlap. (I used a 3 1/4 inch ribbon spool circle as a pattern)
Next, start cutting a spiral circle within the circle, freehand. My cut was like a scallop edge, weaving in and out. I thought it looked more interesting than a straight edge. And don't worry about it being perfect. Once rolled, you can't really see imperfections. Continue cutting in a spiral circle until reaching the center and have a small circle at the end.
Now we're ready to start rolling. I like to dab a little glue on first and beginning at the narrow pointed tip, rolling the burlap between your fingers following the inside edge, tightly. Allow the spiral to uncoil a bit so that you have a lovely flower. Holding the flower together so it doesn't unravel completely, turn over and dab a bit of glue on the center of the spiral and in the middle of the end circle piece and stick together.
Once your flowers are made, you can begin gluing them to your paper mache egg starting at the top center and around. As you get closer to the bottom, place the egg onto your urn or candleholder to judge how far down you need to go so that the egg can sit straight and flat without the flowers interfering. It might be necessary to hot glue the egg in place.