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Posts in DIY Flower Crafts

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Friday February 13th 2015

6 Simple & Beautiful DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

Does Valentine's Day have your heart fluttering because you haven't found your love the right gift yet? Don't panic: Make a gift yourself! After all, there is nothing like a homemade gift to show your sweetheart you have been thinking about them. Maybe you have never made a homemade gift and the thought of it summons up pictures of awkward grade school construction paper cards; perhaps the opposite is true and you think of Pinterest creations that had to have been made by trained professionals. There are several easy, attractive, and affordable gifts that you can make within a day. From romantic to fun, there is something for every valentine on your list.

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Wednesday January 7th 2015

Creative Uses for Dead Flowers

Photo via Maut Sky (Flickr)

Most of us have experienced the sadness of a dying bouquet, the decline of a beautiful token of love that we wish we could keep longer. A flower, after all, is one of the fleeting beauties of life, right? Well, it doesn't have to be that way. Dead flowers have a beauty of their own, and they have a multitude of uses. Dried flowers can be used to decorate the home, to adorn crafts, and to make bath and beauty products. So the next time you are faced with dead flowers, think twice before you toss them out.

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Friday June 20th 2014

DIY Vases to Show Off Your Flowers

If you are tired of looking at the same old plain, glass vases, then read on! With a little imagination and a few supplies, vases and jars can be transformed into beautiful custom vessels to hold your stunning bouquets. You may decide you like the vases so much that you want to use them all the time to hold dried flowers, pencils, or other objects. Here are a few DIY vase ideas to get you started.

Mosaic Vases 

Photo via Sonia Newton (Flickr)

If you have always wanted to try your hand at mosaics, I recommend starting out with a mosaic vase. You will need an adhesive such as Weldbond, glass or pottery pieces, grout, a sponge, and a glass vase. You may want to draw a design onto the vase with a dry-erase marker. Then, spread the glue onto the vase and start placing your pieces of glass or pottery on the vase. You will want to place them somewhat close together. The glue needs to cure for at least 24 hours, and then you will apply the grout all over the vase, which can be bought dry or premixed. After 20 minutes, wet your sponge and carefully buff the grout off of the glass or pottery pieces. If you want, you can apply a grout sealer once the vase is completely dried.

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Tuesday April 29th 2014

How To Make a Flower Crown

Spring is here in full force, and flowers are everywhere! I don't know about you, but to me, flowers are just as beautiful as gemstones, and it seems a shame not to use them for adornment. Flowering branches, garden flowers, wildflowers, florist's flowers, and even silk flowers - all of these are suitable for making flower crowns. The methods and flowers for making flower crowns vary and depend on the purpose for wearing the crown, but no matter what the method, flower crowns are easy to make and are perfect for many occasions.

Image via Flickr by Lela Getzler

Simple Flower Crown

When I was a little girl, my friends and I used to make ourselves flower crowns out of the flowers we found on the lawn and in the garden. There are a variety of ways to make a flower crown. To make a simple flower crown just for fun, one of the easiest ways is to make a daisy chain and then attach the ends. To do this, you will need 15 to 20 flowers, depending on head circumference and flower type. Daisies, chrysanthemums, black-eyed susans, bachelor's buttons, and red and white clover all work well for this method. Ribbons and scissors or a small knife are optional.

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Wednesday November 27th 2013

How to Make a Homemade Wreath for the Winter Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to learn how to make a wreath! If you like making crafts and decorating for the holidays, you should try your hand at wreath making. Personally, I feel that making my own holiday decorations is one of the most enjoyable activities of the season. Learning how to make a Christmas wreath is easy; the hard part is deciding which one you want to make out of all the beautiful choices. Don't worry if you are new to wreath making-- wreaths can be as easy or as elaborate as you like. There is a wreath for every talent level. For those of you wondering how to make holiday wreaths, here are a few samples of wreaths along with instructions.

Evergreen Wreaths

It probably comes as no surprise that I love wreaths that use fresh greenery and floral elements. There is nothing like the smell of live Christmas greenery. If you have fir, pine, holly, boxwood, or other evergreens, you may want to learn how to make a Christmas wreath yourself from scratch. You will need a wire wreath frame; an average sized wreath requires a 10-15 inch diameter round wreath frame. These can be purchased at craft stores, or you can make your own. You will also need strong twine or wire for binding the sprigs to the frame. Once you have your supplies, cut sprigs from your tree or shrub that are 4-6 inches long for an average sized 15 inch wreath. Attach the twine or wire to the frame and then start tying the sprigs onto the frame securely, overlapping sprigs until the wreath frame is completely covered. If you don't have any suitable evergreens of your own, don't worry! Most places that sell Christmas trees sell greens as well, or you can find them at garden centers.

Image via Flickr by Elizabeth

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Tuesday September 24th 2013

Using Dried or Pressed Flowers to Make Spring Last All Year

Last month I wrote about the different methods of drying and pressing flowers and I touched on some crafts that you can do with preserved flowers. This month I will share more ideas on how to use dried and pressed flowers to make spring and summer last all year. There are so many ways that you can use preserved flowers in your home that it is difficult to cover them all, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Dried Flower Decor

Using dried flowers to create everlasting dried flower arrangements is probably what first comes to your mind when you think of dried flowers, but think outside the box: weave or hot glue dried flowers to a grapevine wreath or use an interesting container, such as a hollowed out pumpkin, to place your dry flower arrangements. Half baskets with a flat back that are made of wicker or metal look great stuffed with dried flowers and are easily hung on the wall. Personally, I like to use cake pedestals with dried flowers such as roses or sunflowers scattered on top as a table centerpiece.

Image via Flickr by Tony Alter

Pressed Flowers under Glass

Pressed flowers and foliage can be arranged into beautiful scenes and placed in frames. You will want to arrange the flowers and foliage first without glue to know what looks best. When you have them the way you want them, use tweezers to hold each delicate flower while applying tiny dots of white glue to the back with a toothpick. Press them into place on the paper; layering gives a realistic appearance. Slide into the frame and enjoy. You can also apply the flowers directly onto the back of a glass frame for a sun catcher effect, but the sun will eventually fade the colors of your dry flower arrangements.

Image via Flickr by Uncorrectedproofs

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Thursday August 29th 2013

DIY Flower Drying: Enjoy, Fresh Flowers a Second Time by Drying

Image via Flickr by Alissa S.

Have you ever wished that you could make a precious bouquet last for years? Well, you can by learning how to dry flowers. In a previous blog, I explained how to press and dry flowers from bouquets and the garden. Today, I will write about the other methods of drying flowers. Flowers and herbs have been preserved for thousands of years. Dried herbs were buried with mummies; monks used dry flowers for decorations and dyes in hand written books; Americans in colonial times hung and dried flowers for decorative use in the home. New and advanced methods of drying flowers can preserve the color and original looks of fresh flowers.

Air-Drying

This simple method works best for certain types of flowers and has been used historically. In this method you simply cut the flowers just before they fully bloom, tie them by the stems, and hang upside down in a dry, dark location where air circulation is good. Air flow is important as you do not want them to mold before they dry. Attics are ideal. Globe amaranth, statice, cattails, celosia, baby's breath, cockscomb, and many herbs are well suited for air drying. Blue and yellow flowers generally keep their colors well using this method. Most seed heads and some foliage respond well to this method too. You can use hangers to suspend bunches of plants from, or create a drying rack by laying flowers on a screen which has been lifted up by blocks, bricks, or books to let air flow around the flower. Roses and fuller flowers can be dried on a drying rack but remember reds will turn to an almost black color. Spray lacquers, even hairspray, are good additional method after drying for preserving seed heads, cattails, fruits, and cones. Many beautiful dried flower arrangements are possible from this easy drying method.

Image via Flickr by Don Hankins

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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Tuesday August 27th 2013

Preserving Precious Memories with Pressed Flowers

When you receive a beautiful bouquet from a loved one, it can be hard to throw it out when the time comes-so don't; make pressed flowers! If you learn how to press flowers, you need not lose all of the flowers from your lovely bouquet. Red roses from a spouse, carnations and daisies from a friend-all of these are flowers that can be easily preserved by pressing. I also like to preserve the memory of my spring and summer gardens by making dried pressed flowers from them. Pressing flowers can be done simply by using heavy books or the microwave. Your pressed flowers can be used to make crafts that will preserve precious memories of your bouquets and gardens.

Flowers Suitable for Pressing

Image via Flickr by Manitoba Coupon Maven

Flowers and foliage that work the best for pressing are flat, not fleshy and thick. When flowers are pressed in books they must dry, and this can take several weeks. Thick, fleshy flowers like roses mildew before drying; however, pressing flower petals individually from roses works well. There are specialized methods of pressing whole roses as well which are discussed in the provided links. Flowers that respond well to pressing are chrysanthemums, daisies, hydrangea, roses, baby's breath, carnations, Gerbera daisies, statice, zinnias, violets and pansies, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Whatever flowers you choose to press, pick ones that are in excellent condition. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Using Books as Flower Presses

To use a book as a flower press, open the book to about the middle, then lay down tissue paper, Kleenex, or white paper. Position your flower or petals (make sure your flower is not thick! Remove the calyx if need be, or remove petals and dry those). Put another paper on top, sandwiching the flower in between. Close the book and then stack more heavy books on top of that book, or other heavy items. If you have a lot of flowers to dry, you can put them in pages throughout the book but leave an inch or more between pages with flowers on them. Each pressed flower should be dry and crisp in a few weeks. Handle them carefully as they are very delicate and brittle.

Posted by Ava Rose in DIY Flower Crafts
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