Wondering how to best care for your super awesome felt flowers?
This is a new aspect I have added to the website, to help minimise the use of paper/other unnecessary packaging when sending out products.
Please bear with me, if I miss anything, or if you have any other questions about looking after your felt flowers, I will be more than happy to answer your queries via email.
Caring for felt flowers is SUPER simple.
Reshape: During transit, it is natural for some of our felt products to slightly lose their natural shape. Unfortunately, some couriers (not just drivers, but more so the sorters at the branch), aren’t always as delicate with our packages, despite what we request, or write on our parcels. Luckily, felt is incredibly easy to work with and can easily be reshaped once you have them in your hot little hands.
If your flowers turn up a little flattened or squashed, simply use your fingers and gently pull/push each petal back out until you have the flower back to its original shape. You will know the original shape because you saw images when you purchased right?
Over time, you may find the flowers have lost a bit of their stiffness. to fix this, you try one of two things.
1: Use a very fine misting bottle, and spritz the flower once. This may help activate the starch again, and you can reshape as per instructions above, while the flower is still wet, then leave to dry.
2: Buy a bottle of starch spray. Some of the cheaper ones are ok, but I do find they often have strong scent which I personally dislike.
Use a light spray, reshape then leave to set. Once completely dry, repeat only if you feel you have not restored the original shape/stiffness.
You can also use a slim hair straightener, on a medium heat, and gently use the tip/corner of the hair straightener, to either, flatten, or curl you petals into the desired shape of your flower. (I don’t actually use this method, but it will work for those wishing to do so. Just be mindful that you will need a clean hair straightener, other any residue on the plates may transfer onto the flowers and ruin them.
Wire stems: These usually stay intact. However, if you do find they have bent during transit, then they too are simple to flatten back out. An easy way is to lay the stem along a flat surface, and run your finger down the stem, rotate the stem slightly, and repeat. Otherwise, you can also bend the stem in the affected spots, to achieve the desired look you want, return the stem back to its straight shape!
Stains: If somehow you get a stain on your flowers (I’m going to wonder what on earth you were doing in order to stain them haha!). But in all seriousness, if you know the stain is removable (aka not vivid), then please follow these guidelines. (Please note, I can not guarantee full removal of stain).
1. Dab the area gently with a little water and dab again with a dry, clean cloth.
2. If necessary, use a little sunlight soap, and repeat step 1.
3. Repeat with 1-2, until stain is gone.
4. In some cases you may be able to gently press out excess water. If not, let air dry. Pressing or squeezing the felt WILL results in much thinner fabric and most likely altered shape of the flower.
5. Before completely dry, or once dry, you can reshape (as above) as you please.
DO NOT attempt to water your felt flowers! Doing so will result in soggy, sad looking flowers!!!
However, if your happen to spill water on your flowers, use a dry cloth to pat dry the flowers. Leave in a warm dry place (like a hot water cupboard), until completely dry. You may find that that the flower/s lose its shape, simple use you hands/fingers to fold/bend the petals back to their original shape.
Finally, keep away from direct sunlight, as fading may occur over time. Also do not store in plastic of any sort as condensation may cause mold.
— Wedding Flowers —
Care instructions for wedding flowers, are as above.
Take care with any pins, e.g. boutonnieres, keep out of reach of children.
All wedding flowers should be kept safe, away from water, out of reach of children, and out of direct sunlight to avoid any fading.