Today, I'm sharing step-by-step instructions for making wire flowers (also known as wood glue flowers).
These beautiful flowers are one of my favourite features in the Valentine's Day homemade mini cloche, tiered tray décor from last week. Made from thin wires and pink and white nail polish colours, these magical looking flowers are a beautiful project for spring and are very easy to make. With the main materials being crafting wire and nail polish, there's no big investment required either.
I used pink and white nail polish to create my wire flowers because I wanted delicate-looking flowers for my Valentine's Day tiered tray. Of course, if you have a nice collection of nail polish, you can use any colour you like to create these gorgeous flowers.
TIP: Any time you want to give the flower petals a new look, paint over them with a little bit more nail polish to completely change the colour of the flowers.
What can you do with wire flowers?
I'm using my wire nail polish flowers to make mini tiered tray décor. Here are some more ways to use these mini wire flowers:
- Easily make wired flower jewellery eg. bracelets, rings, broaches, necklaces, earrings etc.
- Make a DIY wire flower crown
- Framed wire flower wall art
- Mini nail polish flower bouquets
- Add wire flowers to wreaths
Table of contents
- What can you do with wire flowers?
- How do you make wire flowers?
- Supplies for wire nail polish flowers
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- Supplies for making a DIY cloche
- Instructions for making wire flowers
- Nail polish Flowers
- Instructions for making a homemade mini cloche
- Watch it on YouTube
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How do you make wire flowers?
You don't need lots of supplies to make wire flowers with nail polish, that's the beauty of these beautiful spring flowers.
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Supplies for wire nail polish flowers
- Florist's wire/crafting wire/copper wire
- Pink nail polish
- White nail polish
- Wood glue (optional)
- Quick-dry nail polish spray (optional)
- A strip of cardboard
- Absorbent Kitchen paper
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Supplies for making a DIY cloche
- Glass jar
- Smooth stone or pebble
- Piece of scrap wood (square)
- Coloured string: Lilac | Light Pink | Hot Pink
- Pink construction paper
- Silver ribbon
- Low-temperature glue gun
Instructions for making wire flowers
Making a flower frame
There will be a video tutorial coming out for this project. If you watch the video, it will be much easier for you to see how to make the frame of the flower.
- Roll out a length of wire but don't cut it from the spool yet.
- To make the first petal, loop a piece of wire into an oval shape then twist once to secure both pieces of the wire together.
- Make a second loop and twist it together with the first loop.
- After making the third loop, twist the wire up and over between the previous two petals.
- Carry on making loops until you have five petals.
- Twist the wire together to make a flower stem.
- Wrap the wire around a smooth stone a few times then cut it from the spool.
- Remove the wire flower from the stone and wrap it around a thin strip of cardboard.
- Repeat until you have as many wire flowers as you need.
TIP: Don't worry if you don't get the size of your petals perfect on your first attempt. It's a slow process but if you run out of patience, try looping a piece of long wire around a pen or pencil to make individual flower petals.
Nail polish Flowers
Now it's time to add some nail polish to the flower frames.
- Holding the flower steady in one hand, gently brush nail polish across the wire frame of each flower petal. Thicker (old) nail polish works better for making wire flowers but you still may need to brush over the wire petals a few times before it sticks. If the wire petals are too broad, the nail polish may not adhere. In this case, try squeezing the wire petals together to make them narrower or try out my tip below.
- Once the first coat of nail polish is dry, apply a second coat.
- Now you have beautiful wire flowers!
I used wire and nail polish to make a mini wood sign last week. You can see the DIY wood sign tutorials here.
TIP: For making wider wire flower petals try dipping them into wood glue first. Allow the glue to dry before brushing on your nail polish of choice.
Instructions for making a homemade mini cloche
I arranged my wire flowers under a homemade mini cloche on my Valentine's Day tiered tray. If you'd like to see more tiered tray scrap wood projects, you can read that post here. (You'll need to scroll down that post to see the DIYs at the bottom).
Here's how to make a homemade mini cloche
- First, use some 120 grit sandpaper to sand a small square piece of scrap wood. (I used table leg off-cuts leftover from lowering our dining table). Wipe away the sanding dust.
- Next, we're going to make a glass dome for the mini cloche.
- Using a glue gun, adhere a piece of ribbon around the top of a small glass jar.
- Make a plait out of three shades of string or twine and adhere it over top of the ribbon.
- Make the wire flowers into a bouquet by twisting the wires together then wrap the wires around a smooth stone or pebble.
- Place the stone and wire flowers on top of the square of wood and cover with the DIY cloche.
- Finally, cut some small hearts from construction paper and tuck them into the plaited string.
Your homemade mini cloche with wired flowers is complete.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make wired flowers and a homemade mini cloche. Will you be making this project yourself? Let me know in the comments below.
Watch it on YouTube
If you'd like to watch the video tutorial for this wire flowers craft, you can find it here.
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