When I started unpacking my new treasures, I discovered that they were separated by these cardboard pads.
Almost everyone who has come to my house has commented on it, so here is how I made the flowers. I think you could do this with die cuts or any other circular shape.
You need some base shapes, two or three colors of paper, some scrap fabric and some embellishments. You will need a glue stick or some spray on glue, hot glue gun, rough nail file, ink pad, and an Xacto knife.
The middles of the flowers are where you can get really creative. Here are a few ideas:
I used several layers of heavy felt cut in free hand circles and secured with a lone button. I did actually stitch through all the layers because I wanted the edges to stick up a little. It looks better in person than it does in this photo.
For the all-button look I threaded each button with some thin jute before hot gluing them onto the middle of the flower. No actul sewing involved here.
This is the free hand circle again, but it looks totally different with different fabric. I just love this burlap!
I used a background circle of burlap here with a paper medallion on top of it. It takes two strips of accordioned paper to get a circle. I hot glued everything down.
I used a hole punch and jute to connect the flowers together. I have Advantage hooks on my mantle all the time, so it is easy to switch out banners for different seasons or events. They are even strong enough to hold my Christmas garland up! A few strips of burlap completed the shabby look and I just let the ends of the jute hang down.