DIY thistleSlick as a Thistle

Thistles have an incredible natural beauty about them but they can be quite pokey. Don’t worry – you can still capture this natural beauty inside your own home. We have created a thistle that you can make entirely out of crepe paper and won’t prick your fingers. This project uses a technique we call “fringing” to give your thistle that textured look. Gather your tools and materials and follow along with our simple tutorial below to get crafting. We styled the thistle with the leaves from the lisianthus flower!

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Tools

Materials

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials.
  2. Cut the crepe paper according to pattern notes using your scissors.
  3. Use an art sponge to apply the Pan Pastel to the pinked edge of both the purple and green crepe.
  4. Fringe the pinked edge of the purple and green crepe paper.
  5. Curl the fringed edge of the purple crepe paper slightly using the curling tool.
  6. With the fringe curling in, glue the purple crepe strips around the tip of the 18 gauge wire.
  7. Glue the foam ball just under the purple center, then begin gluing the green fringe around the ball starting at the base of the purple center.
  8. Cover the ball completely with the green fringe.
  9. Glue the two leaf halves together.
  10. Add 2-3 leaves to the stem of your thistle, then wrap the stem with floral tape.

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