The materials of artificial flowers are varied, such as polyester fibre, nylon, rayon, cotton, etc. The most common material for artificial flowers is polyester fibre.
Polyester fibre is a kind of synthetic fibre made from petroleum or natural gas. It has good flexibility and softness, but its price is high. So it is widely used in artificial flowers.
The primary raw materials of artificial flowers are polyester fibre and plastic beads. They can be woven into different patterns to make various kinds of artificial flowers.
And PU is one of the most popular artificial flowers because of its beautiful appearance and delicate texture. And it is straightforward to dye.
PU flower is mainly composed of PU filament (the body) and PU bead (the stem). The PU filament is made by polymerization of polyurethane resin. When you need to use the artificial flower, you just cut off the stem and put it into water. Then the stem will float up naturally.
When you want to remove the stem, you should pull it out slowly. If you pull too fast, it may break the stem. After that, you can wash it with soap and water.
Then you can add some colourants to make your unique style. For example, you can choose red, blue, yellow, green, purple, white, etc.
1. How to Cut PU Flower Stem
Cutting PU flower stems is quite simple. You only need to know how to cut a straight line.
First, select a cutting tool suitable for the thickness of the stem. A pair of scissors is recommended.
Then hold the stem firmly between your thumb and index finger.
Pull down the stem evenly until it breaks at the desired length.
If the stem is thick, you can also use a knife to cut it. But if the stem is thin, you must use scissors.
After that, you can use a pair of tweezers to pick up the broken ends.
2. How to Put PU Filament Into Water
After you have finished cutting the PU flower stem, you need to put them into water.
Put the stem into a bowl filled with water. You can also put the stem into a sink full of water.
3. How to Remove PU Filament From Water
To get rid of the stem, you need to dip it into hot water.
Hold the stem vertically and let it soak for about 10 seconds.
Then take it out and shake it gently.
4. How to Dye PU Flower
Dyes are available in all colors. You can buy any color you like.
But the best way to dye PU flowers is to use food coloring.
5. How to Fix PU Flower
Fixing PU flowers is relatively easy. Just place it upside down on a flat surface.
6. How to Dry PU Flower
It is not necessary to dry the artificial flower immediately after fixing it.
But you should keep it away from direct sunlight.
7. How to Store PU Flower
Store it in a cool, dark place.
8. How to Use PU Flower
As we mentioned above, you can use artificial flowers to decorate the table, window, wall, door, sofa, bedding, etc.
9. What Are Other Types Of Artificial Flowers?
There are many other types of artificial flowers. Here are some examples:
- Polymer Clay Flower
Polymer clay is another type of artificial flower. It is made of clay mixed with acrylic paint or modelling paste.
The advantage of this kind of flower is that it has a nice soft touch.
- Paper Flower
Paper flower is similar to a paper chain. It is usually used as an ornament.
- Foam Flower
Foamflower is made of foam material. It looks like real flower petals.
- Plastic Flower
The plastic flower is made of plastic beads. It is usually used to decorate cakes.
10. Tips To Keep In Mind While Making Your Own Artificial Flowers
- Choose the right size for your project.
- Take care when using scissors.
- Don’t forget to clean your hands before touching the materials.
- Try different ways to fix your artificial flowers.
PU flower is one of the most popular DIY projects. With these tips, you will easily create beautiful artificial flowers.
Artificial flower made of PU filament is beneficial for home decoration. It is cheap and easy to make. It does not require much effort and time.