Last week Zoe Brener challenged me to quill some exotic, weird looking flowers instead of the ones I usually make. She was even kind enough to send me some pictures with flowers from where to choose, and, boy, was I happy she did so because, knowing myself, it would have probably taken me ages to decide what to make. The plant which immediately caught my eye was the buttlebrush due to it’s wonderful color and shape. So, I give you my red quilled bottlebrush:
Callistemon (commonly known as the buttlebrush because of their resemblance with the traditional bottle brush) is a genus of shrubs endemic to Australia. There are currently 40 species called Callistemon. They make great garden plants, ranging from 0.5m to 4m tall shrubs with spectacular flowers which are irresistible to nectar-feeding birds and insects.For the flowers, I used 2cm wide red paper strips (120gsm). I glued on their edge light yellow paper strips (less than 1mm wide) and then began to finely fringe them, making a total of 36 tiny fringed flowers.
I initially wanted to add wire stems to each flower, but eventually decided it would be more practical to glue them directly to the branch. I am not very happy with the overall shape of my quilled bottlebrush, but no matter how I tried to shape the fringed flowers, I simply couldn’t get close to the real version. I don’t know if I should have used wider paper strips or cut the fringes more finely, but I will probably give it one more try at some point. Also, any suggestions are more than welcome!
A few more pictures:
I hope you liked my quilled bottlebrush! Thank you for your visit!