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Monday June 18th 2018

Pride Month: Flag History and Rainbow Roses DIY

Pride Month is well underway with celebrations scheduled all over the world. Many major cities in the U.S., including San Francisco and New York City, have their main Pride celebrations on the weekend of June 23- 24th. Pride is a time to for everyone to come together and support equality. A key symbol that represents Pride and the LGBT movement is the rainbow flag.

The rainbow flag became a symbol for LGBT in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker. The San Francisco resident intended for each color in the flag to represent something specific. Red, which is generally at the top, represents life. Orange represents healing, yellow represents sunlight, green represents nature, blue represents peace and harmony, and purple represents spirit. When the flag was first created it also included pink for sexuality and turquoise for art, but those colors were later removed  for design purposes. Now the six-colored rainbow flag is a recognizable symbol of the LGBT movement.

Since the rainbow flag is such a huge symbol, rainbow flowers have become very relevant during this time of year. The dye process of creating rainbow roses is really interesting and involves coloring through the stems as opposed to the petals. The best way to create a rainbow effect with roses is to use white roses. With white petals, the different colors of the dye will transfer strongly and can be more clearly distinguished.

All you need to create a DIY rainbow rose are the following items:

  1. 1. White roses

  2. 2. Four different colors of water-soluble dyes
    (preferably those of different contrasts and not colors that easily blend together).

  3. 3. A knife

  4. 4. Four cups

  5. 5. Water

  6. 6. Tape

The steps involved to make rainbow roses are quite simple:

First, take a white rose and cut the stem into four equal parts. Second, set the rose aside while you fill four separate cups with water. Fill each cup of water with a different colored dye until the liquid is opaque. Once you have all the cups set up, gather them together so that you can put each section of the stem in a different cup. Since the rose stem is split into four equal sections, balancing them into four cups should help the rose stand upright. Then all you need to do is let the rose sit and you will see the petals transform from white to a rainbow effect. Once the rose has changed colors (usually after 24 hours), you can piece the end of the stem back together with a little bit of tape. These roses are a great way to share your pride with others, and they put a colorful twist on roses.

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Monday June 4th 2018

Graduation Lei DIY

With most of May and June being graduation season, a really popular way to show your grad how proud you are is to gift them with a lei. Lei-giving is a Hawai’ian tradition that has also become popular for special occasions such as graduations.

The history of handing out leis goes back to when voyagers traveled from Tahiti to Hawai’i in canoes. These voyagers sailed day and night with the stars as their map. When they arrived at the Hawai’ian Islands, these settlers began their tradition of making and giving out leis.

While you can often purchase a pre-made lei from florists, it is also quite simple to make them yourself. If you do not have access to the more exotic flowers used for leis in Hawai’i (such as plumerias or hibiscus), popular flower options for graduation leis include carnations, orchids, daisies or even roses.

A freshwater lei is simple to make and requires these items:

  1. 1. A long needle (embroidery needles work perfectly)

  2. 2. Thin string (i.e., dental floss, ribbon, fishing line, etc.)

  3. 3. Your flower of choice

How to make your own freshwater lei:

First you gather around 40 to 50 flowers of your choice. Since the petals can be delicate you should have them resting in a cooler area on top of a plastic bag. Next, take your thin string and cut off around 30 to 40 inches depending on the preferred length for your grad. Once you’ve cut your string, make sure to knot one end a few times to act as a stopper for when you thread your flowers onto the lei. You will also need to leave some extra string below the knot to connect both ends of your lei. On the other end, tie your string to the needle you have picked out.

Now it’s almost time to start adding flowers to your lei! Before you start to string your flowers, make sure you cut the stems off. Once you’ve done this, you can start stringing each flower onto the lei. Be delicate with your flowers and slowly move them down one by one. Once you’ve added all your flowers, leave a little extra string before your needle and cut off the needle from your lei. Tie together both ends and you have yourself a grad lei!

You can make your grad multiple leis and even mix it up using different colored flowers. It’s really up to you. If you aren’t giving your homemade lei to your grad right away, you can store them loosely in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer of your fridge.

And there you go! The perfect DIY idea for graduation season. This idea is a great way to incorporate flowers into your grad’s life. This is a time for celebration and gift-giving.

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Monday May 21st 2018

Creative Ways to Preserve your Flowers

It’s a busy time for flower deliveries. With Mother’s Day just past and graduations and Memorial Day coming up, a lot of people still have bouquets on-hand. Most people just end up tossing their flowers once they start to wither, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are many creative options when it comes to preserving these floral gifts.

One of the most common ways to preserve your wilting flowers is to spritz them with hairspray. The trick with this option is to not spray your flowers too much. You’ll want to make sure that you spray your flowers from a few inches away so that they aren’t soaked. Once you’ve coated your flowers in hairspray, you should hang them upside-down to dry out. Hang them near an entrance for a perfect greeting when you come home.

Another popular option for keeping your flowers around once they’ve met their life expectancy is to press them. Pressing flowers is a pretty simple process that involves a heavy book, parchment or waxed paper, and some time. Press your flowers while they’re at their most vibrant to preserve the color. All you need to do is press them between your paper and book for about a week. After a week has passed, check to see if they’re dried out. If not, you can leave them in your book for another week. The great thing about having your flowers pressed is that there are many innovative ways to display them once they’re dried. Once they’re all set and pressed, your flowers can be kept in a clear frame or made into bookmarks.You could even leave them in a book for sentimental reasons and surprise a loved one.

There’s also the choice of silica gel. Silica gel can be used in a more productive way than just sitting around in an old shoebox. This gel can be found online or at craft stores. All you have to do is fill an airtight container with silica gel, bury your flowers in it and let them sit for around a week. Once they’ve been immersed for a week, you can lighty remove the flowers and set them out any way you want.

The simplest way to preserve flowers is air-drying. All you have to do is flip your bouquet or bunch of flowers upside down somewhere in a relatively dark area. Let the flowers hang for a few weeks and they’ll be all set. After the flowers have been air-dried, you can decorate your house by scattering them around your tables or setting them in a clear, empty vase.

If you want to hold onto your bouquets a little longer, you have many options; these are just some of the most common techniques to help maintain them.

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Monday April 16th 2018

DIY Flower Arrangements

 DIY Flower Arrangements

Photo of “Pastel Grace and Wonder” by Avas Flowers

How to Put together  a Flower Arrangement 

1. Consider theme or Occasion:

As it’s Spring now, you may want to choose some yellows, purples or pinks, as in the bouquet pictured.

2. Pick your main flowers:

Maybe you want roses, maybe carnations, maybe peonies. This is the flower around which you will center the arrangement.

3. Select complimentary flowers:

These can be any smaller or less-colorful blooms. Mix textures and colors. Think of what would be a complementary flower for your main selection.

4. Pick some greens:

Don’t forget this step! Adding greens can really make your bouquet pop and look fresh!

5. Get Dirty:

Put those bad boys together. Cut them up, tie them down, and put them out to enjoy.

Photos found on UnSplash

You don’t have to be a professional to arrange your favorite flowers! The best thing about arranging flowers yourself is that you can make the bouquet whatever you want it to be. You can go minimalist or bold and bright. What inspires you you?

Pick your flowers:

Rose? Ranunculus? Poppies? Carnations? Tulips? Hydrangeas?

Consider the occasion for your bouquet when picking these flowers. Will these flowers be for a Spring event? Are they intended to relay sympathy, congratulate someone, convey feelings of love? These flowers are going to define your bouquet. Selecting the appropriate bloom and/or color can communicate quite a bit. In particular, the center of your bouquet will suggest the intent of the giver. They are the heart of any arrangement.

Your complimentary flowers are often there to add variety and texture to your arrangement. Select a bloom that is inline with your theme.

But if you’re arranging flowers for yourself, whether for your own dinner table centerpiece or your desk, just pick flowers that make you happy. What’s your favorite flower? What’s  your favorite color? You really can’t go wrong. All flowers are beautiful. Just find what means something to you.

Select some Greenery:

Lavender, Baby's Breath, Eucalyptus, Chamomile?

These delicate touches are meant to make your bouquet look full and fresh. Once you’ve chosen the flowers you want to use, pick some greens that will complement your flowers. It is important not to draw attention away from the center. These are there to support and flatter the main flowers. Once you’ve gathered all of your pieces, it’s time to put it together!

Once you’ve gathered all of your pieces, it’s time to put it together!

1. Cut the stems off of your flowers. This helps arrange the flowers at different levels and allows the flowers to absorb water more easily.

2. Clean your stems. Remove any leaves or thorns that would distract from your vision.

3. Fill your vase or vessel with water and use one flower food packet to keep your flowers fresher longer.

4. Begin your arrangement from the center, adding your main flowers first.

5. add your secondary flowers, layering those in as you go.

6. Add your greenery to frame your flowers.

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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
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
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
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
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
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