I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.
Although we've hit autumn over here in Australia, it's been feeling very much like spring lately. The weather's a tad cooler, but it's still perfect for entertaining and while the leaves have started falling off some of the trees, there's brilliant green foliage and flowers everywhere due to the recent rains. In other words, I'm in a spring mood! :)
Believe it or not, we've almost made it to spring... so I'm pretending it's already here and dreaming about colorful, unique floral arrangements. Have you noticed, though, that if you try to Google "unique bouquets" that it always gives you wedding-centric ideas? Well trust me, it does. So today I'm sharing some interesting ways that you can style your flower arrangements yourself, at home. Read on for ten of my favorite ideas.
The floral trend is big in the fashion world these days, and it is quickly moving into home decor as well. And after a long, cold winter, these colorful patterns feel cheerful and incredibly inviting. Here are ten ways to jump on the botanical bandwagon.
Japanese printed bowls are the perfect vessels to hold jewelry and other small trinkets. You can buy them at shops like Anthropologie and West Elm, but why not give it the old DIY try?
This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:
Over the last month, we've been giving some love to our favorite room in the house ... our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week's project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results.
In the summer, we spend a lot of...
If I had a Moonstruck light in my possession, I would cradle it in my arms and whisper sweet nothings in its perforations. The patterns in the handcrafted, porcelain, 9" in diameter 'light objects' are made without the aid of stencils, so each creation is unique.
We all know roses have their own language. Red means love; pink means admiration. But what if you want to get a bit more poetic about your flower selection? For example, what if you want to convey devotion to your best friend...then what kind of flowers would you give? Honeysuckle and heliotrope that's what. To help you speak the language of flowers, visit this page at Santa Cruz Public Libraries for an alphabetized list...
Author and interior and floral designer Jayme Barrett has teamed with the Society of American Florists to explore flowers’ ability to heal our emotional energy. So important can flowers be to our spiritual well being, Jayme has dubbed them ‘Vitamin F’. The notion is simple enough when you think about it: Like food and drink, flowers give us energy–per major university studies–so securing them a conceptual spot on the food pyramid seems...
Amy Butler has several free patterns on her website, but the Snow Mum Pillow Pattern is by far my favorite. It's fresh, delicate and modern. Available in PDF format, the pattern includes ‘instructions, measurements and pattern pieces.’
BHG elevates the lowly gourd with their 23 gorgeous gourd ideas. Here is just a sampling of what you'll find there.
To take a gander at all 23 gourds and to learn how they were put to use, head on over to BHG, but beware of pop-ups!
BHG has this really simple but very effective flower arrangement idea. All you need is a clear glass pitcher, a tall glass, some lemon slices and flowers.
First, slip the glass inside the pitcher.
Then slice lemons into 1/4" slices and arrange them between the glass and the pitcher. Of course, you'll start at the bottom and then overlap the slices a bit as you go.
Finally, gently pour water over the lemon slices and...
Duebi Italia’s Flower Vanity may have a flowery shape, but there's nothing flowery about it. An abstract interpretation of an organic form, the vanity possesses that delicate combination of bold modernity and whimsy. Via trendir.
What do you do with an old coffee table with a dinged up or stained top? Turn it into a soft, lovely, upholstered bench for your hallway, end of your bed or as an upholstered ottoman in front of the sofa. This pine bench was $13.99 at Goodwill (a little overpriced in my opinion). With some fresh new fabric, supplies and these simple instructions, it morphed into a different creature.
FIND A TABLE AND LET'S GET STARTED!
So you want to use patterned fabric but are worried about pattern overload. Domino gives three basic rules to keep in mind to keep your creative design from going just plain crazy.
1. Three's company. Keep your pattern count to three as any more might push your room over the edge.
2. When using stripes–think straight. Domino suggests that the bold stripe on the table in the picture above complements ‘the traditional ticking stripe on the bench...
Remember making pencil cups by gluing popsicle sticks to empty soup cans? This easy how-to is basically the same thing; only instead of using popsicle sticks, the floral artist uses peppermint sticks. Supplies are minimal and include:
- an empty coffee can,
- two large and one medium-sized rubber bands,
- a brick of floral foam,
- a handful of wrapped peppermint candies,
- a couple of yards of red velvet ribbon,
- 20 to 30 straight candy canes,
- a dozen...
This super simple how-to will take you about five minutes to assemble and requires minimal supplies!
What you need:
- 8 or so small, empty baby food jars
- 3 stems of white daisy chrysanthemums–or blossoms/greenery of your choice
- 1 large pillar candle
- 1 large charger plate–or something equally round and plate-like
- Decorative stones or marbles
- A pair of clippers or sharp scissors
- Floral preservative, optional
What you do:
First, fill the cleaned baby food...