How do I Make Stiff Fabric Flowers?

Stiff fabric flowers and leaves are a snap to make after treating your fabric with a stiffening agent that can be found at craft and fabric stores. The beautiful blooms created with this method can be attached to cut branches with a hot glue gun for a dramatic and economical faux flower arrangement. The wide variety of cotton and silk fabrics available lets you tailor your fabric flowers to any style of decor or the colour of your choice.

Pour the fabric stiffener in the shallow tray.

Place the fabric in the tray, and saturate the fabric with the stiffener.

Hang the fabric on the drying rack, and let the fabric dry thoroughly.

Cut the fabric into flower and leaf shapes with the punches.

Layer three flowers on top of each other, and glue together with the hot glue gun. Glue several mustard seeds in the centre of the flower. Glue leaves to the bottom of the flower.

Glue the flowers on the branches. Add extra leaves to the branches with the hot glue gun.


Flower and leaf shapes can also be traced on to paper and used as templates for flowers cut from the fabric with scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton or silk fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Shallow tray
  • Drying rack
  • Leaf punch
  • Flower punch
  • Branches
  • Mustard seeds
  • Hot glue gun
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.