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Friday, January 6, 2012

Flower Blanket

When my daughter was a baby I had brought her to have her picture taken, but I was not happy with the results.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and try to take pictures of her at home.  I had just bought a new DSLR camera, all I needed was some kind of background.  One of the backgrounds I loved was a blanket of flowers.  My first thought was, heck, I can make one of those!

So I went to the craft store and bought tons of huge pink roses.  They felt soft and fluffy, so I thought they would be perfect for my daughter to lay on.

I bought a mix of dark pink and light pink roses.  Then I started thinking about what to glue them to that I could drape over my reading chair in my bedroom to take the pictures.  It had to be something flexible, but sturdy.  Light bulb!  I asked my mom if she had any vinyl tablecloths she could spare.  It didn't really matter the pattern on the vinyl side, because I was going to glue the flowers to the felt side.  This one happens to be fall one.
Then I went to get my glue gun.  I took all the roses off their stems and started gluing them one by one to the white felt side of the table cloth.  I glued them a little ways apart to kept the feel of them soft an pliable.  I needed my daughter to be happy and comfy when I laid her on it, not crying.
It was a pretty easy project and I received a lot of compliments on it.  I even had a photographer friend ask where I had bought the blanket when she saw the photo because she was looking for one.  She was impressed when I told her I had made it myself.  It pays to be crafty. 
Here is the completed project.  I ended up taking some cute pictures of my daughter when she was eight months and used it again last year when she was four (she was jealous that I was taking pics of her baby brother, so I had to take some pics of her too).  I am in no way a professional photographer, but I was very happy with my pictures and at least I can say I did it myself.

So if you are interested in making one of these blankets, here is what you need:

-1 vinyl felt backed table cloth
-several bunches of large soft flowers
-1 glue gun and some glue sticks

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