I had some extra-scented dryer sheets and wanted to come up with a secondary purpose for them besides just laundry. Since fabric softener sheets have a nice smell to them, often floral, I decided they would be great re-purposed as scented fabric flowers! I made a few different flower types but there are so many more you could make as well.
What You Need
- Dryer sheets (used OR new–used work best but new works for stronger scent; if you choose new, stick them in the dryer after they are stained so they soften a bit)
- Dye (this can be fabric dye, tea, coffee, natural dyes like beet juice, concentrated water color…keep in mind some of these can alter the scents)
- Twist ties
1) Gather together dryer sheets–these can be new, never used for extra scent or dryer sheets that have already been through with a load of laundry. If you choose to use new sheets, you will need to stick them in the dryer still after you stain them so they soften just a little bit.
2) Dye the dryer sheets. Choose what color flowers you would like and submerge the dryer sheets completely in the dye. Dye can be some watercolor paint-stained water, tea, beet juice, food coloring in water, etc. I dyed some in tea and some in watercolor and even did some in tea first then watercolor. I dyed them before using them because I cannot use dryer sheets with my laundry right now, but next time I will probably just try ones that are used already though both work, just decide how much of the scent you would like (for extra scent, use the long-lasting Purex Fabric Softener Sheets.) To dry them after they were dyed, I stuck them in the dryer by themselves after patting them off with a paper towel. You can also hang them out to dry if you choose. I would not suggest putting them in the dryer with good clothing just in case the excess dye were to come off. Try dipping the sheets and removing them immediately for a light color or letting soak for a few minutes for a deeper color.
3) Once the fabric softener sheets are dry, you can begin the flowers:
1. Pinch the center of the sheet then bring in the middle of each side to the center to create four cones.
2. Pinch in the middle of each of the cones to the center.
3. Tie the bottom tightly with a twist tie or thread or yarn to hold the flower then pull the sides of the flower out a little bit so it isn’t scrunched. Add more layers of fabric softener sheets in the same manner for a fuller flower.
1. Trifold the dryer sheet (fold in half then fold each half the opposite way towards the fold.)
2. Put a little glue or something sticky on the one end then fold it over and let it begin to cool. I used hot glue.
3. Start loosely spinning the rest of the fabric sheet around the center of the flower taking care to keep hold of the base of the flower.
4. When you are done spinning the entire sheet, tie together the bottom with a twist tie, thread, etc. to keep the flower together. Add more layers of fabric sheets for a fuller flower.
1. Hold the center of the fabric softener sheet and scrunch together the fabric sheet, creating random folds. Do the same with another fabric sheet on the outside but keep this one looser.
2. Tie together the bottom of the flower with a twist tie or yarn, etc. to hold it together. If you do not want to see the points on the ends of the flower, simply clip them (curved or rugged.)
1. Fold a dryer sheet in half the long way and fold the corners to create a triangle shape and keep folding until you run out of fabric.
2. Scallop the edges on the large end of the triangle.
3. Repeat folding and scalloping with another sheet but keep it a little larger and looser this time.
4. Do the same again with another sheet. Scalloping can be different on each sheet as no flower is completely perfect.
5. With the last sheet, fold in half the short way and then into large triangles and scallop the edges.
6. Now take each of the sheets and grab them at the base beginning with the first one you cut and start to loosely wrap them around while holding the base. Wrap the second around the first sheet and so on until you have wrapped all the sheets around loosely.
7. Tie the base with thread or a twist tie, etc. to hold all the sheets together in form. Add more sheets for even larger flowers.
Bonus tip: If you want to attach stems, you can use a stick and wrap yarn around or green tape. You can also use fabric flower stems instead of sticks to create your own fabric flower bouquet. Try dying some fabric softener sheets green and cutting out leaves to attach as well!
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–Are you going to do this? I’d love to see how yours turn out! Post up your photos on my Facebook wall!