How to Make a Zipper Flower

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Are we having fun yet?  Have I inspired you to grab some zippers and start creating?  Well if the last two days have not motivated you this one will. 

Click here for day 1 — Zippered Necklace

Click here for day 2 — Rolled Zipper Necklace

Today we are making a zipper flower. IMG_0111

 

Supplies:

Two 22” zippers (I used Coats & Clark Z-08 in Parakeet)

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors

Ruler

Fabric Scrap

Needle and Thread or sewing machine

Matching felt

Cardboard Scrap

 

1.  Start by cutting off the zippers (save them, we will use them later).  IMG_00862. Cut 13 strips of zipper at 3 1/4” long.  Cut 8 strips of zipper at 2 3/4” long. IMG_0087 3.  With each of the strips fold the zipper into a loop (teeth facing out) and hot glue where the zippers meet. IMG_0089 4.  Next put a small line of hot glue on the left and right of the zipper and glue the sides down to make an individual petal.  IMG_0090 IMG_0091 5.  Repeat with the remaining 20 strips. IMG_0096 6.  Cut a circle with 1 3/4” diameter out of cardboard.  Cut a larger felt circle and a smaller felt circle. IMG_0092 7.  Take the larger felt circle and wrap it around the cardboard circle hot gluing it in place. IMG_0093 8.  Glue the smaller felt circle on top covering up your raw edges. IMG_0094 9.  Start gluing the 13 larger petals onto the felt cardboard circle. IMG_0097 This is what it looks like when the first layer is all glued on… IMG_0098 10.  Start gluing the 8 smaller petals in place making sure you glue them between the larger petals.
IMG_0099 IMG_010011.  Now you can embellish the middle how you wish. Add a covered button, some rhinestones, an old brooch, whatever you want. I took a 1” strip of fabric and made a long running stitch on one side and gathered the fabric into a little circle by pulling one of the threads.  I then glued it in place. IMG_0102 IMG_0103 12.  Put the zipper back on the length of zipper you have leftover.  IMG_0109 13.  Start rolling the zipper into a rosette gluing in place. Check out this post to learn how to roll them if you need help.  You may need to twist the zipper so that it stays in place.  Just play with it, you will get it. IMG_0110 14.  Hot glue the rolled zipper into the flower’s middle. IMG_0111 IMG_0101Sew a pin on the back, glue it on a headband, stick it on a purse —whatever suits your zipper fancy! IMG_0157

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  • Oonafey

    I love this! So cute. I especially love how you turned it into a headband!

    I am sure you have mentioned it in the past, but what kind of glue gun do you use? I have one of those cheapy ones from the impulse rack at Hobby Lobby and it SUCKS! Or maybe I just suck at using a glue gun. Just curious. Thanks!

  • Kelly Howard

    I think this one is my favorite! It is really unique and fabric flowers are such a popular thing right now! LOVE it!

  • Richella

    Girl, you are something else. These zipper posts are just so creative. Infarrantly creative!

  • Mommy of Two 24/7

    This is super cute! I'm going to make some of these for my daughter to wear, and then a few for birthday gifts. :) Thanks for the tutorial!

    mommyoftwo247.blogspot.com

  • SugarandSpice

    LOVE this one!

  • Tanyia

    this is so cute and it looks like something I could actually do! lol

  • Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

    This is definitely my FAVE!! So cute!!

  • shelly @ the familyblt

    I think this should be your new profile pic, it is so so cute!

  • Life in Rehab

    Those are wayyyyyyyyy cute! And just edgy enough with the zipper that a teenager might just like them…

  • Atelier de Charo

    Oh! so creative proyect! Cute

    Hugs
    Charo

  • Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com

    You have inspired me to make some things out of zippers. So fun Beckie!!

    XOXO
    Jen

  • Iris

    Very cute!

  • (un)Deniably Domestic

    This is adorable! I am going to make a few for some young and new seamstresses that helped with our college play production this year! It will be perfect! I have also posted a link to it on my blog. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  • southernscraps

    These are so cute!

  • C.R.A.F.T.

    so cute :) come on over and link up to MMM!!!

  • Carmel

    Okay… so I am not cool enough to dig the whole zipper thing… but I like the texture the zipper gives the flower petals… think I would like this w/o the zipper pull in the middle… but that's me. To each his own, right? : ) I know you love funk. : )

  • Donene

    I love this! Thanks so much for the tutorial, I am going to try this!

  • Alison

    WOW, this zipper flower is my favorite so far!!! LOVE IT!

  • even-star

    Don't know if I would try making one myself. I am sure it would not come out looking so professional!

    New follower from TT

    http://thedinnerfortwoproject.blogspot.com/

  • Alison

    Beckie, you have so inspired me!! I featured this lovely zipper flower on my "Wednesday's Wowzer's." Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/07/wednesdays-wowzers-inspiration-while-im.html

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!
    ~Alison

  • ★All Thingz Related★

    My daughter LOVES zipper flowers and her g-ma just gave her a hand full of zippers..she is going to LOVE this! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #14!! ~Bridgette

  • anne maskell

    Thank you so much! I wanted to know how yo make these flowers! I'm going to check out your zipper necklace too. I'm visiting you with BCD, I'd love to have you visit me too.

  • Chase and McKell

    This is really cute! I've seen zipper flowers before, but I really like how you used the zipper pull for the center. So clever & cute!!

    *come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

  • Fawnda
  • Alison

    Whew! This is my third comment on this post–can you tell how much I love you?! I featured this tutorial today on my blog with a roundup of flower tutorials. Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2010/07/wednesdays-wowzers-3-dozen-plus-four.html

    Thank you so much for inspiring me. Have a wonderful day (and hang in there!)

    ~Alison

  • michelle@somedaycrafts

    GOrgeous! I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com. I love everything about this flower!

  • Katarina

    I loved this tutorial and i'm already a fan of your blog.. and a follower, of course ;-)

    Regards
    Catarina
    http://nolugarquechamocasa.blogspot.com

  • Divya N

    this is the most easily understandable tutorial for the zipper flower…kudos
    http://jewelsofsayuri.blogspot.com