When the weather turns gray outside, add cheerful color to your winter décor with an easy-to-make floral ornament. Strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum, Zones 8–10) are unfussy annuals that grow anywhere with full sun and well-drained soil. For this project, you will need flower heads without stems. Grow your own, or buy dried flower heads from a craft supplier or grower. The flowers used in our video were purchased from a small family farm in southern Ontario.
To make some strawflower globes of your own, you will need:
- Round glass ornaments (clear or colored)
- Small jar or vase to hold the ornament while you work
- Low-temperature hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Strawflowers (40 to 50 heads per ornament)
- Snips or scissors for trimming stems
- Tweezers or needle-nosed pliers
- Trim any stems or leaves from the back of the flower heads to make them easier to glue to the ornament.
- Carefully apply hot glue to the back of each flower, then gently press the flower onto the glass ornament.
- Repeat until the ornament is covered with flower heads. It should take about 15 minutes to finish a medium-size ornament.
Tip: Even low-temperature hot glue can still burn skin. To protect your hands from burns when you are gluing, handle the flower heads with tweezers or needle-nosed pliers.
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