It’s time for another go at one of my Pinterest boards.
Ages ago I ordered a grab bag of zipper trim from Pick Your Plum. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it seemed like a great idea.
For a long time my lovely zipper trim lay draped over a magnet board in my craft/writing room. It was pretty, but…it was also nagging me to be used. So I opened up Pinterest and found that I had pinned a tutorial from Maya Road explaining how to make flower rosettes with zipper trim.
The tutorial was pretty thorough but I thought you might need to see that a real person (not a professional zipper trim manipulator) could do it.
Cut your zipper trim:
The long 15″ piece is for the flower and the two shorter pieces are for the leaves.
Create the inner leaves by hot-gluing the ends of the 4″ pieces together.
My own hint – I HATE burning my fingers with hot glue so I use a pencil to hold the pieces in place until the glue has set.
The result – five inner leaves:
Now glue the inner leaf to the end of one of the 6″ pieces:
and then bring the other end of the 6″ piece around and glue it to the other side of the inner leaf, creating 5 of these:
For the next step the tutorial calls for a little round scrapbooking thingy that I did not have and didn’t want to go looking for. However I did have a tablet with a cardboard back so I used that to create the circle base for the flower.
The next step is actually making the flower. I would suggest that you watch this part of the tutorial several times. First comes making the center of the flower:
The tutorial says to hold this for a count of ten when the glue will be set, but mine needed more time. (And yes, I didn’t use my pencil trick this time because I needed to hold the center together while also holding it down. Pencils can’t do that! And, no, my finger does not look that weird in real life.)
The next part of this step was impossible for me to photograph – thus my suggestion that you watch the tutorial a couple of times. The trick is to fold the zipper trim as you go so that you don’t just get a tight circle of zipper trim. My first flower was like that. My second flower turned out like this:
The arrows are pointing to some of the folds that made this flower turn out better than the first one.
The next step is to add the leaves, but before you do I would recommend that you trim off any raveling zipper trim or stray hot glue. I found out the hard way that it might show on the finished product. See?
This is how it should look:
Doesn’t that look better? And it only took a minute – well worth it.
So, back to attaching the leaves. Start by positioning 3 leaves in a way that satisfies you and glue them onto the back of the flower on the cardboard base.
Now place the last two leaves wherever you like.
Voila! A zipper trim rosette!
Now to decide what to do with your rosettes. The tutorial said to use them as brooches or to put them on headbands, but mine turned out so heavy that that idea would never work. However, I have in my craft/writing room an old cupboard door that was remodeled into a chalkboard. It looked great but was really calling out for some zipper trim rosettes. And so, of course, it got them.
So there you have it – very simple rosettes made from zipper trim. Give it a whirl.
(Oh, and, by the way, I checked Maya Road and they do still sell zipper trim.)