Flower Blanket

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Christiana George
Christiana Georgehttps://www.thetarttart.com/
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

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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