24.7.13

Handmade Foam Rose Flower Tutorial

Handmade foam roses
As most of my friends correctly commented in my last post ,my current craft obsession is  home decor projects! And since I get only snatches of crafty time nowadays flower making seemed the best outlet for creative cravings!!Sharing my experiments in making handmade foam roses.
Handmade foam roses
Making the foam roses was rather easy and in fact a bit addictive so I ended up making a whole bouquet of foam roses!And yes sharing the handmade foam flower tutorial.
Foam rose tutorial
Materials required
Foam sheets- thin ones are easier to shape and look better as roses
Glue gun- this is indispensable unless you want to spend hours trying to stick slippery foam!!
Scissors- to cut and shape your petals
Petal template-My foam roses are made from tear drop shaped petals the width of my fingers.
Foam rose petal template
You can use your finger tip as a template for the petals and no need to make the petals all uniform as after all its a rose you are making and petals do differ in size and shape!!
Foam rose tutorial
Since I have a die cutting machine [bigshot],I die cut some pointy tipped flowers[Sizzix sizzlit die set 3 flower layers],rounded off the pointed tips, cut them up into petals .I didnt like the jagged edges so used the scissors to round off sharp edges.Please dont despair if you dont have a die cutting machine as its even more easy to hand cut the petals of your foam flowers.
Foam rose tutorial
To make a rosebud as shown above ,I used 1+2+4 = 7 petals.
To make the center of the bud roll a petal from the pointed tip as shown and apply a bit of hot glue to secure in place.
Foam rose tutorial
Glue this central roll atop another petal as shown in the picture of the foam rose tutorial
Foam rose tutorial
Glue one more petal as shown .Apply the hot glue only in the lower part as shown in the pic of the handmade flower tutorial
Foam rose tutorial
For the outer layer of the bud I used just 4 petals--your number may vary depending on your petal size and how you glue the petals of your foam rose
Foam rose tutorial
The trick in gluing the outer petals is to just apply a dot of glue at the lower half of the petal and press just this lower part onto the central bud using your fingers as shown in the picture of the foam flower tutorial.
Foam rose tutorial
If you put too much glue on the petal it will seep out and burn your fingers when you squeeze so err on the safer side! This tutorial actually is in many ways similar to this clay rose tutorial shared earlier.Here is the completed handmade foam rose.
Foam rose tutorial
Keep adding more petals to this bud and you get a fuller foam rose flower.
Handmade foam flowers
Also sharing how I made the bouquet of roses.I initially handcut the sepals of the roses from green foam sheets but I somehow didnt enjoy that so later used a Sizzix star die and cut out some stars and reshaped them into sepals for my foam roses.
Foam flower tutorial
I inserted thin metal sticks into the foam roses and secured the sepals in place using the glue gun.Finally wrapped floral tape around the flower stems and twisted on some fabric leaves to make my bouquet of handmade foam flowers.
Handmade foam flowers
Wondering what are those huge cream flowers...? Well they are handmade flowers too ...from a peculiar material called sola wood! Will soon be sharing a tutorial on how to make sola wood flowers.
Sola wood flowers
I have seen foam roses on sale at many shops and online too and for those crafters who like to save a penny /craft for business ..making your own foam roses is super economical..I made the whole bouquet of roses using just a single A 4 sheet of pink foam[cost less than 10 rupees!!]
Do tell me how you like my handmade flowers and about your own experience with foam.
Supplies : Foam sheets[Auchan,Mantri mall],Dies:Sizziz Framelits Star die,Sizzix layered flower 3 [Itsy Bitsy],Big Shot[Itsy Bitsy],Floral tape[local fancy store],Metal wire[Itsy Bitsy]
Edited : This tutorial was featured at Totally Tutorials
Here are links to some "non paper" flower tutorials.

137 comments:

  1. gorgeous flowers Dr.sonia........it'll surely make ur new home look lovely n beautiful. Thanks for the tute.
    BTW i did teach dis foam rose to kids in a kid-friendly way without glue gun (used toothpick) & we used circle shapes for the petal. But urs is way far gorgeous Dr. Sonia.
    Hav a good day

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    1. Thank you Sujana..yes I did come across foam flowers made using toothpicks when I googled for foam flowers

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  2. Gorgeous roses Sonia,and a fabulous tutorial..I used to make roses out of icing, so should manage foam..they look beautiful in the vase with the white flowers..Gorgeous.

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Chrissy you will rock with foam and its not as tricky as fondant or marzipan as its so easy to mould and shape!!

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  3. Wow Sonia these roses are beautiful! ! The tutorial is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Shraddha..I had a tough time photographing for the tutorial due to rains and cloudy skies!!

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  4. You are so creative and very gifted, Sonia. Your roses and daisies are really beautiful...thank you for the tutorial! x

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    1. Thank you so much Sasha..I am a big fan of your cards!

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  5. wow these look fabulous - so pretty and a fab tutorial
    Lisax

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa..I have so missed interacting with you

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  6. These are beautiful. Look just like the real thing. Your tutorials are so clear and informative. Hugs Mrs A.

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    1. Oooh thank you so much Mrs A

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  7. beautiful flower bouquet sonia, love your roses

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    1. Thank you so much Shylaashree

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    1. Thank you for dropping by

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  9. What a gorgeous flower bouquet! Thanks for sharing your tutorial also :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica..off to visit you ..

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  10. thanks you doc. for such a nice tute .its really very helpfull and your bouquet is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Megha you are always so appreciative of my tutes...thank you!!!

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  11. What a fab bouquet of flowers, just real, love it, hugs, Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion..I even dressed up an old brass vase with crystals and pearls to showcase my bouquet

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  12. Beautiful roses, I also love the white flowers!

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    1. Thank you Mihaela sola wood has such a beautiful creamy white color and is so delicate too

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  13. Lovely flowers...Sonia..Vase is also nice with stones..Thanks for tutorial...

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    1. Thank you Sindhu I dressed up an old brass vase with rhinestones and pearls

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  14. Gorgeous flowers. They really look real. Thanks for the tutorial. Would LOVE to have you come and link these up over at 2 Creative Chicks 3D challenge.

    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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    1. Thank you so much for telling me Nana..I out of touch with challenged these days

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  15. Beautiful bouquet of roses!
    Thanks for the detailed step by step. This makes it easy to run!
    I am happy with your return!
    Hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Nagela it is so good to have old friends drop in!

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  16. Sonia
    Lovely bouquet with your sola wood flower and foam roses. Your tuts are always so easy to follow.
    Myrna

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  17. A lovely bouquet of roses for all seasons !! WOnderful tutorial as always and I loved the solawood flowers too,looking forward to the tutorial.

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  18. Everything is coming up Roses & bee-utiful ones at that. I'm still getting use to using a glue gun. I slightly burnt one of my fingers awhile ago.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank you Melissa yes when I rush things I do tend to burn myself too!!

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  19. You always make such beautiful flowers. Wish I had the patience to make my flowers! Tutorial is so well explained. Thanks for sharing. Those sola wood flowers look gorgeous..waiting for that tutorial :)

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    1. Sindhu I find flower making ideal for crafting in short snatches of time!

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  20. Gorgeous and pretty as usual .
    so far i havent tried to make flowers ..but now ..going to give it a try :)



    Angelin.

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    1. Angelin you would rock at it as your quilling is so amazing

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  21. your bouquet looks so natural, Sonia!! waiting now for the sola wood tute!!

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    1. Thank you Hema..I have a tutorial for sola wood roses ..the one shown above is super easy!

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  22. Those are amazing! You are such an artist!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi. I have been a bit remiss in visiting my favorite blogs. ;) Hope all is well with you!

    Susan

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  23. Wow Sonia ji those are incredible! Never tried it...,though I have quite an experience with the sola wood flowers,but the ones u created with them looks awesomely lovely and am waiting eagerly for your next tutorial about it :)

    Hugs,
    Bipasha

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    1. Thank you Bipasha..I have almost run out of sola wood so will bug you to know where you got your stock from!

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  24. That is really pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much Helen. A comment from you always brightens my day!

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  25. Heaven bless you SOnia! The roses are amazing! I almost thought you posted about roses in your garden when I looked at the thumbnail ;)

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    1. Ha Ha thank you Pritesh and yes I do have some beautiful roses in my garden too!!

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous! And time-consuming, lol! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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    1. Penny I made the flowers in batches so I didnt feel they took up a lot of time...the tutorial photos however did take a lot of time!!

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  27. Beautiful roses and wonderful tutorial :))

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    1. Thank you Doris..I fell in love with your blog when I landed there yesterday!!

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  28. These are awesome. they almost look real. Thanks for sharing how you made them. You make it look so easy

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    1. They are indeed rather easy Ann!!

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  29. These look super real, Sonia!! Well done. Just stunning! Who needs the real thing (LOL). Thank you for sharing your fab tutorial.
    Michaela xx

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    1. Ha Ha so true Michaela..I hate to pluck a real rose as it withers away soon!!

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  30. Wow Sonia, I believe this may be the best yet of your creations... love them both, especially those white flowers... Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you so much Shirl..ha ha I added the sola wood flowers as an after thought and everybody seems to love them!!

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  31. Very Beautiful..
    Thank you for joining us at 2 Creative Chicks Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M (my blog)♥
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  32. Sonia the roses look so real... perfect work done :)
    This project would be in my "To do list" for sure :)

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    1. Thank you so much Rose..please do share a pic when you try them

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  33. I am always in awe of your projects- and have never seen foam flowers this beautiful!!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much Shelly that is indeed so heart warming to hear!

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  34. Your roses look very lovely and fresh.....thanks for the detailed instruction.Roses can be very very addictive,even after making so many of them I still cannot stop.

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    1. Ha Ha yes indeed they are..I have to find projects to use up my flowers now!!

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  35. Oh WOW This is a totally amazing creation and For more than a moment I thought they were real. Thank you so much for sharing.
    http://ajourneyintoquilling.blogspot.com
    Chris

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    1. Oooh Chris that is the best compliment!! Thank you!!

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  36. wow..another gogeous creation....now u r truly back in form.....lol....loved the foam roses n those sola wood blooms....beautiful.....but can u pls share the thickness of foam sheet u hv used in these roses n also in those foam cala lilies...n this sola wood is known by which name in local markets...thanks for sharing all your creations with us in so well explained manner.

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    1. Shalu I have seen thick type of foam at Itsy Bitsy which is more expensive and good for stand alone flowers but not too easy to make roses with. I got the thin type from a local super market by some Chinese company so no mention of millimeter thickness is there. Any type of foam you see do buy it if an A 4 sheet works out for 10 or less rupees.I have seen big rolls of the foam sheets in a local Bangalore market called Raja market too but they had limited colors.

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    2. Shalu sola wood is ethnic to India as its made from tapioca peel.It is called sola wood only.Try your local fancy shop which sells flower making supplies. Sola wood crafts were supposedly popular in crafting circles in India some time back and later fell into oblivion. I picked up a roll from Itsy Bitsy but they no longer have it.

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    3. Thank you so mch Dr. Sonia for info...i ll search for both these poducts in local market here.thanks....:)

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  37. Gorgeous Flowers Dr Sonia ..Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial on how to make them ..those sola wood flowers look beautiful as well ..looking forward to its tute as well :)

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    1. Thank you Hussena sola wood is very delicate so it was tricky making those huge flowers!!

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  38. Deine Rosen sind wunderschön und vielen Dank, für den Tutorial!!!
    Das muss ich wieder ausprobieren.
    Liebe Grüsse, Ulla

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  39. super fantabulous flowers Dr Sonia ..wanna try them out .. you are expert in foam flowers.. u made thm easy with ur tutorial. thank u for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika..do try them..they are rather easy to make if you can get your hands on a glue gun

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  40. This tutorial is awesome Dr.Sonia!

    The roses looks splendid. Thank you so much for the tute.
    Glad you are back :)

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  41. lovely roses Sonia, I just love ur tutorials .......will be making my roses soon thanks

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    1. Would love to see yours Sharada. Thank you so much for dropping by!

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  42. Wow, you are so creative. These flowers look so realistic.

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    1. Selma!!!! So thrilled you like my flowers....I drool over almost all the flowers you make!

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  43. Dr, Sonia, your roses look so realistic and beautiful you did a wonderful job! Thank you for sharing your detailed tutorial!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  44. Wow!

    Really eye catching. The way you are explaining each post is awesome.. Really I'm going to try the foam flowers when I get time.

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    1. Thank you so much Raji..I love to share my successful experiments hoping it will be of use to someone!!

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  45. WOW!!! These are amazing Sonia.. So much work.. Thanks for the tutorial..Loz

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    1. Thank you so much Loz..I enjoyed making the roses so much it didnt feel like a lot of work!!

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  46. awesome !!! How did u click and make the rose at the same time :) I have been trying to do a video but never works out !

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    1. Pooja the hot glue would dry by the time I took the photo so I had to apply glue again to actually make the flower.Ha Ha and you are right tutorials are hard work!!

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  47. Hello Dr. Tutorial is awesome as always and stepwise pictures step makes it understand so easy. I locally bought these foam roses but never thought of making them.Now will try it out. Recently I made tutorial as part of my DT posts and I realized how difficult it is to take pics while working and that too of every single step. Hats off to you do Dr. You totally rocks with your tutorial.

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    1. Oh yes Poornima..taking photos for tutorials is very time consuming and when its for small things such as flowers..focussing itself takes a good chunk!! But I guess my readers have come to expect tutorials from me and I feel I cant let them down.For the very few posts in which I dont post a tutorial..I invariably get lot of tutorial requests!!

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  48. Dr. Sonia- you are so amazing! This is perfect and I love that you added the print button! This is very cool! you rock!
    Hugs~

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    1. Oh thank you so much Helen..the print button is just something I played with!!

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  49. Wow and amazing is all I can think of.That bouquet looks fantastic and of course the tutorial is so well written.You are a master at making flowers,I must say!Love those sola wood flowers.Looking forward to the tutorial and also where you get the material from.:-)

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    1. Pallavi I got the sola wood in rolls from Itsy Bitsy bangalore branch quite some time back but I dont think they have it online.Do try in local fancy stores as I think it is a popular craft with Indian ladies as its made from tapioca peel ethnic to India after all !!!

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  50. Oh my word Sonia, these are positively stunning! You're so clever with these kinds of projects. Would never have imagined the potential of that die, I have the same one! Thanks so much for playing along ItsyBitsy's Sizzix Tutorial Challenge. All the very best!
    ItsyBitsy - The Blog Place

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    1. Thank you so much Sunehra..ha ha I am a bit crazy in such things..eg using the baloon punch I have created all kinds of flowers but not baloons!!

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  51. OH! sooo pretty,i've seen foam out never cared much for it but you may have changed my mind on it.Your roses are so pretty as all the thing's you make Awlsome Lady Thank's

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    1. Foam has so much potential I just love it.Unlike paper it is sturdy and can be cleaned too!

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  52. these look awesome Sonia. Its been quite a while since I bought foam sheets and didnt know that they came in pink. The whole arrangement looks really professional. Where did you get sola wood sheets from?

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    1. Divya you get foam in all kinds of colors . I picked up sola wood from Itsy Bitsy months back but I am not sure they stock it now.Try local fancy stores.Since sola wood is ethnic to India being made from tapioca peels..I think you should be able to source it locally.

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  53. love it:) didnt know foam sheets came in pink. btw where did you get sola wood from?

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    1. Divya I bought the foam in A 4 size packs which had 10 colors..made by a Chinese company from a local supermarket. Sola wood was from Itsy Bitsy.Shall let you know if I find it elsewhere

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    2. Thanks Sonia...Sola work or pith work is native to areas surrounding Tanjore however does it there anymore and they dont produce sheets. will check itsy bitsy..thannks

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  54. Hi! Dr Sonia SV

    My name is Rogério Toledo, and am starting a Blog cahamado http://artesanatoviabrasil.blogspot.com.br/, which I intend to put all kinds of craft work from my country and also people who love handicrafts in any anywhere in the world.

    I found many interesting articles on your blog and would traduzi'los and adapts them for my readers, that is if you allow me. is clear that the credits estaram on your behalf. but I need your permission.

    I did a test and not yet published, because I'm still creating various items for only then put online.

    If you liked it and let me disclose, want to be your companion at work here in Brazil, so we can disclose one another's work.

    Enjoy this link and agree. Otherwise I take the blog ok!

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    1. Thank you for asking me. I am ok if you post one pic with link to my blog but I am not okay with posting of the whole blog post!! Hope you understand.

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  55. Ok! thank you very much and certainly do so by sending the direct link to your blog. But believe me (laughs) My Country is well lazy to read blog in another language, so I asked the translation and put the original site and links throughout the project. But I understand and will abide by your wish. Thank you for authorization.

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  56. Roses are beautiful...wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Oh my gosh, the roses look real!! What beautiful flowers!! The bouquet is stunning!! And thank you for the awesome tutorial!! You are amazing!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  58. Doc ... Jus got a foam sheet recently and was thinking what to try ... And now am sure to try this .... Eagerly waiting for wood flower tutorial :-)

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    1. Thank you Hema. And yes I will post the sola wood flower tutorial it soon!!

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  59. very easy and beautiful flowers...thanks for the tutorial

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  60. I remember sola wood from my school days!! this is simply superb!

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  61. hi,these roses are too cute.i have made some flowers with foam too and uploaded on my blog mugdhagujarathi.blogspot.com..would love to hear your suggestions..

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  62. Oh you are so clever. What a wonderful tutorial and those roses are beautiful and really like those other flowers. Can't wait to see that tutorial. :-)

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  63. very beautiful...

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  64. Very Beautiful

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  65. Wow these are beautiful!

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  66. AWESOME!! love it sonia :)

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  67. I got inspired by your tutorial and tried to make red foam flowers for one of my project. It turned out pretty well and am going to make a whole bouquet of foam roses. Thank you Sonia.

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    1. Am so thrilled to hear it Ramya...do leave a link when you share the photo.It feels so good when my tutorials are put to use!!

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    2. Hi as said in my previous comments i did a whole bouquet of roses for my mom's birthday...I linked my post to your blog for tutorial... Thank you ... My mom liked the bouquet...
      here is a link to my post
      http://shilpakari.blogspot.com/2014/03/foam-rose-bouquet.html

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    3. Thrilled to see you linked to my tutorial and that it was so useful to you!!

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  68. You guys allow it to be quite simple for all your folks available.

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  69. gorgeous flowers,,,love them,,,,thanks for sharing this amazing tutorial

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  70. WHERE CAN I BY SOLAWOOD SHEETS

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  71. Your roses are absolutely brilliant with a fabulous tutorial. Love them.
    Julie x

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  72. Anonymous25/6/16

    i loved them

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  73. Anonymous16/8/16

    i saw sola wood flowers also&loved 'em

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  74. Wow ! what a wonderful collections ...suuuuuuuper..
    I am a big fan of ur craft ...keep it up..happy crafting

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