See that little staple thing at the bottom of the zipper that keeps the zipper pull on?
Cut it off. You can just use an old pair of scissors. (Please, girls from church, for the love, do NOT use your mom's good scissors. Trust me.)
Unzip your zippers all the way to pull the zipper pull completely off. Now you've got something like this:
Take your first 1/2 zipper and begin with the bottom, where there are no teeth.
Dab on some hot glue,
And fold it down.
Now, dab some more hot glue on the back side,
And twist your teeth up and wind them to the side over the glue.
Now, wind the zipper around completely and glue in place. This is the center of your rose. You can continue just rolling the zipper around a few times if you'd like, before you move on to the next step.
Now, working little by little, run a line of glue along the bottom of the zipper,
and then pinch it together at the same time as squishing it into the center.
Do this again. And again. Around and around.
Vary the distance between "pinches" and how much zipper you "pinch," or rather how BIG the pinch is, if you will. Looks a little like this:
It IS a little strange looking at first. Now we will add the second 1/2 of the zipper. Just line the teeth up and glue.
And continue on running glue lines and pinching/squishing.
Some (maybe) helpful tips:
The closer to the center, the closer together you should place your pinches. Then as you continue rolling and gluing and pinching, make the pinches more gradual and loose.
Make sure to use as little glue as possible while still making it secure. Put the glue along the very bottom of the zipper. You don't want the hot glue squeezing out everywhere and making things ugly.
A note about zippers:
OK, this might sound really silly, but I think zippers are kind of expensive. (Am I the only one?) So if I'm not going to use it to actually zip something up, I buy them at the thrift store. Usually only 25-50 cents a zipper with an added bonus of really cook looking metal teeth and some that have a vintage feel. Nice. Some of them look scary and rumply, but that's ok because you are rumpling them up anyway.
OK, so when you are done, the rose will look like this: (Except it will not have changed color. For some reason I only had a picture of the completed black rose, not the green one.)
Now, if you are going to do a flower cluster, you might like some variation. So you can roll up 1/2 of a small zipper for a rose bud. You just Dab some hot glue and start rolling. Dab hot glue every so often to secure the roll in place.
Grab your felt. Any felt is fine as long as it matches your zippers.
I like to have two layers of felt for sturdiness, so I hot glue on one side,
Then fold in half.
Put a bunch of hot glue on the back of the flowers,
And press it down onto the felt.
Glue the rest of your flowers down in the arrangement you like.
Cut around the flowers in an oval-ish shape. Then, bend the oval back, kind of in half, and glue in between each flower to secure them to each other.
Cut out another felt oval the same size as the oval on the back of the flowers.
Figure out where you want your flowers to begin on your headband (I usually make mine of center, down to the side.)
Spread some glue on the back of the flowers.
Press it onto the headband in the right spot.
Then put glue on the other felt oval and sandwich the headband.
And glue it somewhere fun. Just for kicks.
And you're done!
And here is the token "look-it's-totally-wearable-cuz-it's-on-my-head-but-it's-late-so-everyone's-asleep-and-therefore-I-have-to-contort-myself-in-order-to-get-this-shot" self-portrait.
And you know the drill. Ignore the absence of hairstyle and makeup. Thanks.