Silk flowers add elegance to a ring pillow. A crisp fabric holds its shape well; we used silk dupion, shantung, and taffeta. For petals, cut straight-sided ovals with scallop shears. For the flowers on the garland, our petals were 8 by 16 inches; for the flowers on the tables, 5 by 12 inches or 6 by 14 inches; for the 6-inch ring pillow and the flower girls' bouquets, 4 by 8 inches.

Silk-Flower Ring Pillow How-To

1. Gather the center of one petal and hold it firmly.

2. Gather the center of a second petal and lay it on the first at an angle; continue holding the center gathers in place.

3. Repeat with a third petal, positioning the stacked petals so they make a complete rosette with no gaps. (If you want a fuller effect, make the rosette with up to 5 petals.) Wrap floral wire tightly around petals at the center, and twist underneath to secure. Excess wire becomes a stem.

4. Make 2 more rosettes (for a showier flower like the bouquets, make 4 total).

5. Stack rosettes, slipping each wire stem between the petals of the rosettes beneath.

6. Twist stems together; cover with floral tape. Fluff petals. For the garland, wrap stem around greenery. For the table flowers, cut stem short. For the ring pillow, cut stem short, sew flower into place through wires at center, and tie on a ribbon, threading it through wire on top. For a bouquet, add millinery leaves.

Comments (8)

July 19, 2011
i think tissue fabric or silk will do wonders for this affect.....nice one though!!!
November 15, 2010
what type of material did you use for the flower? I have tested taffeta and shantung and neither cut well. I have not yet tested silk dupion
July 22, 2010
use pinking sheers to cut the edges and prevent fraying
September 29, 2009
I made this flower for our wedding but not as a ring pillow. I made a bunch of flowers like this and used them for various decorations. They really were fun to make and looked wonderful!
September 18, 2009
How do you keep the ends from fraying?
August 30, 2009
I made this for our wedding and it came out beautiful. I had many positive reactions
April 29, 2009
Has anyone made this yet? It's so pretty!
March 25, 2009
Did you look in the scrap book section of the store? That part of the store usually has all kinds of craft scissors.