- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
This is the original tutorial that I followed from Kara’s Party Ideas. I did tweak the tutorial a bit so that is what I will outline here.
Dye bath supplies:
- Food coloring of your choice
- Bucket of water
- It’s a good idea to set up a little dying station in a room where pets won’t be able to get to them.
- Lots of paper towels
- Large spoon to help submerge the liners
Dying the liners:
- Put enough food coloring in the bucket to make the water pretty dark. This way the liners will grab the color pretty quickly (about 2-3 minutes). If there isn’t enough dye, they liners will take forever to dye (like 7-10 minutes). I used red and the bucket looked like it was filled with blood but they liners came out a pretty pale pink.
- Place each liner individually on top of the water (do not submerge yet) and fill until the top looks covered. I could get about 25-30 liners in at a time. Submerge each liner one at a time by pushing them to the bottom the bucket with your spoon. They will float to the top.
- Let the liners sit about 2-3 minutes or until they look like the desired color.
- I find it easiest to grab each one with your fingers and place them down on the paper towels. They tend to stick together if you use your spoon.
- If you notice water pooling on the liners after you lay them on the paper towels, just flip them over. The paper towels will absorb the extra water and they will dry much faster.
- They take quite awhile to dry. I would dye a large batch at night so that way they are ready in the morning. I was able to get 81 liners in each batch.
*I also tried putting them in the dryer to dry faster. This failed horribly. They curled into little tubes and would not cooperate at all. Even ironing didn’t work. You still want the pleats of the cupcake liners to appear.
- Mini white cupcake liners (Wilton or Celebrate It brand from Michaels work best. Bake Mate brand from the grocery store are too cheap and crinkly and don’t grab the dye well)
- Long pearlized pins
- 4” half floral foam ball (If you’re lucky enough to have a Dollar Tree, they sell these in a two pack for $1. At Michaels and Hobby Lobby, they are sold individually for about $1.50-$3.00 a piece)
- Paper party napkins (also at Dollar Tree, $1 for 20 pack)
- Hot glue gun and a lot of sticks
- Take your floral ball and cover it with a paper napkin. I had to cut some excess napkin away so it wouldn’t be bulky on the bottom. I covered them in napkins because floral foam starts to fall apart the second you touch it. Not to mention that floral foam dust is a pain to clean up. It sticks to everything.
- Take one liner and stick a pin through the center.
- Pinch the liner around the pearl on the pin until the desired look is achieved.
- Take another liner and place it on the same pin under the first liner and scrunch it around like the first one. I thought this made a better petal look then putting two on at once.
- Repeat this a billion times until you have a good pile of scrunched flowers.
- Take one flower and place some hot glue at the base of the liner.
- Stick into the floral foam ball along the bottom edge before the glue dries.
- Repeat this with each flower placing them about ½ an inch apart, covering the entire edge.
- Be sure to fan out each flower after you stick it into the ball and ensure that the pin is completely in the foam. Most likely it won’t be and you’ll have to press it in.
- Do the same thing just directly above this layer of liners.
- Continue until the ball is covered.
*To make the bottom prettier and hide the napkin, I covered the bottom of the pom with scrapbook paper.
*Also, to help keep the pom from falling off of the bud vase, I glued a short dowel to the bottom to act as a stem.