They are super easy to make. The secret ingredient?
- 1 or 2 packs of coffee filters
- sewing needle
- little puffy balls for the craft store, maybe cotton balls would work
- Rit tangerine dye
- I started with several coffee filters. The less you use you will get a carnation effect, the more, sort of a weathered azalea. I'd probably use about 12 or so for each flower.
- Thread the needle, loop it around a fuzzy craft ball a few times to make it secure,
- Push the needle through the filters' open side, separating each layer
- When you have your desired flower size, fasten with a fuzzy ball on the filters' flat ends, looping to secure.
- You can use spray paint or a dyebath. I was already dying other things orange, so I used the dye
They remind me of the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids:
I used to watch these ladies every fourth of July parade in downtown Atl, spinning and twirling those parasols. They must have been sweating their petals off.
So what to do with these after November?
or littering the mantel?
feel free to take 'em home with you.