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.

This is so pretty! Very creative way to re-purpose and every day used item.
Rebecca  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 7:52 AM
These will make great flowers for invitations.
Thankyou for sharing.
Rhonda  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM
These are great. Doing laundry and stamping today. Have stamp club tomorrow and I think I'll so a sample for the ladies. They will love it!
will post at: www.stampsinkandpaperpassions.blogspot.com
Patricia  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM
I love this idea, what a great tutorial. Thank you so much!!!
Carla  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM
This is a great use for used dryer sheets. And the results are awesome! I think I'm going to have to try this one out soon. Thanks for the great tutorial and video.
Anna K.  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM
WOW, what a beautiful flower. Who would have thought to use used dryer sheets? What a great idea. I will definitely be trying this with my die cuts and cuttlebug. Thank you so much for the tutorial and the inspiration smile
Lisa  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM
Love this tutorial and going to go pull some drier sheets out of the dryer right now. Have some ideas swirling in my head already. Thanks for sharing!
Kim Howard  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM
hi,what a great ideas,thank you for sharing..
Elizabeth f Jennings  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM
I place the dryer sheet between 2 sheets of wax paper to give it a little more body. Then to cut with a die I place it between 2 sheets of card stock and then cut. It cuts much cleaner. The dryer sheet still takes the sprayed ink well, but needs to dry a little longer.
Marilyn Kay  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM
I omitted that I iron the dryer sheet between to 2 sheets of wax paper, sorry.
Marilyn Kay  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM
Great idea! Thanks for the video!
Kathy H  |  Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM
These are a good idea
and would have a beautiful smell
so as I use dryer sheets you have saved
on LAND FILL
I often wondered what I could do with dryer sheets as I do use a lot
So a BIG thank you
Izzabella  |  Thu Jun 7, 2012 at 1:11 AM
ah! this is so cute. i can see doing the circular type of twisted flower with the dryer sheets, too! may not work but i think i'm going to try. thank you for the great tutorial!

oh - and do you know if this is safe for scrapbook pages? i doubt it but though i'd ask in case you know off the top of your head =)
margaret ann  |  Thu Jun 7, 2012 at 8:27 AM
Love the look of this beautiful flower. Must try it out soon. Thanks for the inspiration.
Janelle S  |  Thu Jun 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Emily,
I just love this great idea with the used dryer
sheet flowers.
I had used the recycled dryer sheets to add a little "fluff" here and there on cards.
So much fun!!! Can't wait to try the flower.
Thanks!!!
Julia B.  |  Thu Jun 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Neat! I bet this technique would also work with washing machine color catchers, and you get them pre-colored! smile
Shala C.  |  Thu Jun 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM
Emily! Loved the dryer sheet tutorial. Can't wait to do it! I grew up in Lexington, Mass. and am stuck here now. I envy you back in New England!
Silly28Sally  |  Fri Jun 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Cute card but a word of caution - please don't send them to chemically sensitive people. Dryer sheets give me instant migraines.
LBL  |  Fri Jun 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM
Great tutorial!!!!
angela  |  Sat Jun 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM
How clever Emily! I will be trying this for sure! Awesome tutorial Ladies!
Ellen Taylor  |  Sat Jun 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

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