Dryer Sheet Flower

by Emily Keaton

Learn how to transform used fabric-softening dryer sheets into a gorgeous layered flower embellishment.

Supplies

  • Used Dryer Sheets, Bounce used here
  • Circle Punches or circle dies of increasing diameter, 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 2", 21/4", 21/2", and 2 3/4" circle punches were used here
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Spray Ink or shimmer mist, Ditto Glimmer Spray by Hampton Art was used here
  • Glitter glue, silver Stickles were used here
  • Wax Paper
  • Decorative Brad
  • Rhinestones or Pearls

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Punch six circles of increasing diameter from cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Use the cardstock punches as guides for cutting out circles from used dryer sheets, one circle of each size. The dryer sheet circles need not be perfect; in fact, imperfections will add to the charm of the finished flower.

    Note:
    Alternatively, nested circle dies and a die cutting machine may be used to cut circles from the dryer sheets.

  3. Step 3

    Line up the dryer sheet circles on a protected surface. Shake spray ink as directed on packaging, and spray the circles with ink until desired coverage is achieved. Blot any undesired droplets with a paper towel. Remove the circles from wet ink to dry completely.

  4. Step 4

    Cover work surface with wax paper. Starting with the largest circle, outline every other circle with glitter glue. Allow to dry completely.

  5. Step 5

    Stack the circles, with the largest on the bottom. Insert a decorative brad through the center of the stack.

    Note:
    Stacking the layers slightly off-center will add to the charm of the finished flower.

  6. Step 6

    Adhere rhinestones or pearls around the brad in the center of the flower.

  7. Step 7

    Attach completed dryer sheet flower to a card, layout, or other project.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Dryer Sheet Flower. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Fabulous tutorial, Emily! I was just admiring your gorgeous flower card yesterday - I'll be sure to try this in the next few days! Thanks Emily! smile
debzi333  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 2:41 AM
This is so very cool, it's a must try this today! I've been saving my used dryer sheets to use in someway, we'll here it is!!! Emily TFS this cool idea!!!
Kris  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:14 AM
Ohh I bet they would cut beautifully with either spellbinders nestabilities or sizzix dies too! This is going to be fun!
Candi  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:30 AM
I just this week returned to using dryer sheets! I have to give this a try. Your blossoms are beautiful, Emily!
allee's  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:44 AM
Wowza Emily! What a fabulous and ingenious technique! Thank you so much for sharing! This will be so fun to try with a ton of possibilities. Have a great day!
Cindy Coutts  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:45 AM
PS: Not to mention your cards will smell really good too smile From clothes to cards. Awesome!
Cindy Coutts  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:47 AM
What a beautiful, earth friendly idea, THANK YOU!
Darla Walden  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:56 AM
What exactly are dryer sheets??
Samantha Horne  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:59 AM
Thanks Beate for a great video....I did something similar recently using tissue paper from a Starbuck's purchase....they have really cool tissue they use when wrapping mugs, etc. that you purchase from them...really earthy.
Jan D.  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 4:01 AM
Hi Jan,
I love tissue flowers as well. We have a tutorial for that flower as well. You can find it HERE.
Beate  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 4:05 AM
How fun and creative, Emily. I love the way that these look, but that they are repurposed is the ultimate bonus. Thanks for sharing your creativity!
Marie  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 4:27 AM
Very nice. One of my favorite things is to make something out of a discarded item.
I will take a day to make many of these flowers to have on hand for future cards.
Thanks.
Ada Fry  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 4:35 AM
Thank you! This is great tutorial and a beautiful technique. I love you card.
toodlesyall  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 4:35 AM
Wonderful Emily and Beate. I remember you making these, Emily, a while back and showing them on your blog. I think I tried it...will have to look back. The flowers are really pretty and easy.
Benzi  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 4:37 AM
Oh man.....this means I have to actually finish my laundry before I can go down to my stamp studio....
shari  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 5:07 AM
I knew there was a reason I was saving those dryer sheets. thanks for a great tutoria.
Emilie Boyd  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 5:11 AM
That is so cool. Cant wait to try this. Thanks for sharing
Jen W  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 6:27 AM
To Samantha Horne:

Dryer sheets are like snuggle or bounce that you put in the dryer as a fabric softner or a static cling prevention. They usually have a pleasant fragrance. Put them in the dryer and run through a dryer cycle with your load of clothing then use them for your crafts. Hope that helps.
Darla Walden  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 6:56 AM
Emily, this is fantastic, both the tutorial AND the project! You do a good job writing up the steps to create this. Love that purple flower!
Colleen Dietrich  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 7:33 AM
I have not tried the dryer sheets. Your video explaines the flowers very good. I can't wait to try it.
Edna  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 7:49 AM

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