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Faux Flowers in Faux Water

Faux flowers in faux water…okay, not something I normally tolerate. However, I was looking through a high-end catalog and there they were…silk flowers in, get this ‘water illusion’. Let me tell you, they were outrageously expensive but admittedly looked stunning.

Being a crafty and thrifty person, I was determined to create my own ‘illusions’ but for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how you can do the same.

You’ll need:

  • Floral resin. You can buy it on-line (here) or at your local craft sore.
  • Popsicle or chop sticks.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Clear vase of choice.
  • Faux flowers from the craft store or you can rescue some from a thrift store.

Here’s the how-to:

  1. Clean your vase well.
  2. Using a wire cutters, cut the faux flower stems to the appropriate stem length to fit into your vase.
  3. In a well ventilated area and following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the floral resin in a disposable bowl using a popsicle or chop stick.
  4. Pour the resin into your vase – for mine I poured approximately an inch of resin into the vase.
  5. Insert the flower into the vase and allow the resin to dry and harden for 36 hours.
  6. Done!

Yes it’s a fake (sorry) faux flower.

Tea and Tea Roses

Busy weeks call for some downtime. A good book, my sketchbook, and a cup of tea or coffee brings me back to earth. At the grocery store, I picked up these tea roses but instead of plunking them into a vase, I placed them in a small terracotta flower pot. A while back a local greenhouse was throwing out these tiny pots which I rescued and painted with acrylic paint. They look great with any flower and they look great on my desk.

Line the pot with a grocery store plastic bag (we all have loads of those), insert floral foam (wet of course), then cut away the excess plastic with a scissors. Now cut and insert the flowers until the entire opening is filled. I tucked moss around the edges to hide any hint of plastic.

You can find the supplies needed for this project at your local craft or floral shop. And, note to reader, most craft stores have a great selection of small terracotta pots.

These would make great place card holders, get-well and birthday gifts, or gifts for other occasions like Valentine’s Day!  Hint, hint — THAT day is right around the corner.

Relax, take time to smell the roses, and happy crafting!

Roses n Tangerines

Who would think roses and tangerines get along.  Well I’m here to say that they make the perfect playmates.

I found a wood tray at the crafts store, painted the tray orange with some acrylic paint, lined the box with a plastic bin bag (cut down to size of course), inserted wet floral foam into the box opening, then inserted the oranges and roses into the foam.  To hide any hint of the plastic liner, I tucked in some moss and tied it off with some twine.

Looks pretty, it’s tasty and smells divine.

All supplies can be found at your local crafts store and florist shop.

Unique Holiday Flowers…grocery store style

How’bout a quick and simple holiday flower arrangement how-to?  Okay.

  1. Go to grocery store.
  2. Avoid crabby grocery folk.
  3. Pick up flowers of choice.  I chose roses; hypericum berries; hydrangea; gerber daises; alstroemeria; and asian pears.
  4. A round vase (okay vase people why the need for so many sticky labels…enough already!)

Place four rows of rubber bands around your vase.  Stick with me folks.

Now, using small sprigs of pines (I chose arborvitae) insert the sprigs under the bottom row of rubber bands.

Continue inserting the sprigs of pines around the vase then start on the next row, and the next until…

To conceal the rubber band at the bottom of the vase, I added a couple rows of twine.  Okay, you’re almost done.  Add some water, your flowers and you’ve got one unique holiday centerpiece!  The asian pears were added last by inserting food-grade skewers into the pears then I placed the pears into the arrangement.

Happy Sunday and Happy Holidays!