Tea parties, I adore them and they never go out of fashion! Add flowers of any sort and you have the makings of the prettiest of tea parties for adults and children alike.  I’ve used all sorts of flowers; fresh, dried, paper, fabric and tissue flowers, and I’m always looking for something new & fresh to try out.

How about this unique twist on flowers? Adorable yarn flowers that you can easily ‘Do Yourself’.  They make me think of cute tea cozies and flowers all in one and there are so many ways you can incorporate them into your next party.

I first saw this loom in a demo at the Boye booth at the Snap Conference in Utah.  It instantly reminded me of crafts I had done with my mom when I was a child and watching my grandmother knit.  My family knitted pretty much everything, all my baby clothes, blankets and even my dolls (Barbie!) clothes.  I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making them and relive a few memories in the process. The ladies at the booth were kind enough to give me one to try out and I also came away with lots of recommendations for yarn and how different the flower can look based on the yarn selection.  I’ve tried a few for this party so you’ll see what I mean.

 

When I started thinking about using these flowers in a tea party my mind went straight to a book my daughter has that we both LOVE!.  It’s called ‘Flower Fairies Magical Moonlight Feast’, it is full of gorgeous flower fairies and the story follows them as they plan a party with the help of the fireflies. With this book in my mind I started to look for ways to incorporate fairy feast elements into the party design along with the flowers. This led to butterfly cookies, fairy treasure boxes and a frog teapot that I have been waiting to use. Yes I buy “just in case”, much to my husband’s despair!

I then started to plan how I wanted to incorporate the flowers so I could get an idea of how many to make.  Initially I had planned to use the yarn flowers as garlands in the backdrop only, but once I started thinking about creating a yarn flower fairy garden I couldn’t stop.   I kept seeing more and more opportunities as I started pulling the party table together.  Before you know it I had my husband making flowers with me in front of the television so I could do all the things I wanted to do.  Luckily, they are quick and easy and honestly, kind of therapeutic! There is definitely a rhythm to making them.

Let’s start with making the flowers themselves and then I will walk you through how I used them on the party table.

Note: This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the loom only (no other products) free of charge by Boye.  No other type of compensation was received.  In addition, this post does not contain affiliate links.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

YARN FLOWERS:

Materials you will need:

  • The quick start flower loom by Boye
  • The loom pick
  • The loom needle
  • A ball of yarn
  • A marker or stickers (1-12) *recommended

DIY YARN FLOWERS

The instructions you receive with the Boye flower loom are good but I would recommend you number or label the pegs so that as you learn you can follow the instructions, this to me was a must do.  While I’m ok making them quickly and without numbers now (after 30 plus flowers), the first few I really needed to alternate between checking the instructions and my loom numbers over and over again.  At least until I got comfortable with the process and the way things look.

Now the numbers are all falling off my loom (as you will see in the pictures) from overuse, but up front the numbers are invaluable!

The other thing you might find is that getting the flower off the loom can be difficult if you have wrapped tightly.  There are grooves in the pegs that make using the tool easier but I found removing one or 2 pegs first and then using the tool to slip off the petals made things a lot easier.

PARTY IDEA 1 – THE GARLAND

Once I was done creating a large number of flowers using the loom I started to create garlands for the party backdrop.  The flowers easily string onto a longer length of yarn to create a garland.  This feminine and girly look is perfect for a tea party and the ruffles of the backdrop fabric I chose (a window drape I found on sale would you believe!!) contrasted perfectly against the wool fiber.

I played with several ways of hanging the flowers and settled on the side to side look as it gave a nice soft flow and it gives the eye something to focus on when you look at the backdrop.  Previous to settling on this I also tried top to bottom and then a random assortment of pinning the flowers to the backdrop.

While the random pinning just didn’t work for my style, trying it meant I had pinned the flowers onto the backdrop so I knew this was good for steadying some of the yarn flowers.  So as I hung the garland I pinned through the back of the flower onto the backdrop where I had used heavier or thicker yarn resulting in a flower that tipped forward (so I couldn’t see a full frontal flower). I was able to pin the flower into position on the back drop with safety pins.

PARTY IDEA 2 – NAPKIN RINGS

The flowers come ready made with a length of yarn at the back so they easily string onto an object.  As I was setting the place setting and rolling the napkins I realized they would make great napkin rings.  I played around with the different colors on the napkin and I ended up going with the two tone flower so that the silver would contrast against the napkin but with a touch of pink in the flower.

I lay the rolled napkin on top of the flower and then pulled the yarn lengths to the back and tied them off, cutting off the excess yarn.

PARTY IDEA 3 – FLOWERS & VASES

Again because the flowers come ready made with a length of yarn at the back they become really easy to incorporate into the party setting.  I was able to actually use them as flowers! I tied a few of the yarn flowers to the top of pretty paper drinking straws.  The straw becomes a flower stem an you can put the flower into a pretty vase.

Now I did single stem flower & vases for this party as I wanted a few smaller groupings (for little fairies!) than one large vase.  You could use a bunch of straw stemmed flowers to fill a vase.  I found that the lighter flowers worked best for this.  A tip: The heavier flowers would spin around and not stand straight so you should use the lighter wool for this type of use.

As I was setting the flowers into the vases I thought the vases could also look quite pretty with a flower tied around the top / neck. They did but it was too much to do both so I alternated stem flowers and vase neck ties in the groupings to gave a little bit of variety.

PARTY IDEA 3 – FLOWERS & VASES

Again because the flowers come ready made with a length of yarn at the back they become really easy to incorporate into the party setting.  I was able to actually use them as flowers! I tied a few of the yarn flowers to the top of pretty paper drinking straws.  The straw becomes a flower stem an you can put the flower into a pretty vase.

Now I did single stem flower & vases for this party as I wanted a few smaller groupings (for little fairies!) than one large vase.  You could use a bunch of straw stemmed flowers to fill a vase.  I found that the lighter flowers worked best for this.  A tip: The heavier flowers would spin around and not stand straight so you should use the lighter wool for this type of use.

As I was setting the flowers into the vases I thought the vases could also look quite pretty with a flower tied around the top / neck. They did but it was too much to do both so I alternated stem flowers and vase neck ties in the groupings to gave a little bit of variety.

PARTY IDEA 4 – TABLE FLOWER ACCENTS 

The yarn flowers were so pretty I scattered them as accents on the table and at points where I could imagine a flower might pop up in the grass, where the teapot sits or around the letter a (a little party girl’s initial).

The flowers sit really well, all you need to do i cut off the extra yarn threads at the back.  I even put them in the teacups for decor! Just don’t forget to rinse out before actually using the cup!

 

You can use these ideas and apply them to your tea party or another party theme.  There is so much fun to be had with this loom and other Boye yarn craft tools.  There is something for the whole family (even husbands!) and lots of fun ways to incorporate them into your party with a little bit of creativity.  Check out the Simplicity site for ideas, to buy or find a local seller near you.

Happy crafting!

Nat

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