How To: Upcycled Wine Bottle Vases.

by Chris Gardner

A few weeks ago, these brilliant wine bottle vases designed by Erik Anderson made their way around the craft and style web world. But this time of year, we're not apt to spending much time outside, and then wind isn't apt to let you keep 'em lit.

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So, check out this translation from Lindsay and Taylor from purr design - "We loved the idea of reusing old wine bottles, and thought a reinterpretation of the Erik’s recycled wine bottle torches...

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Make a Poinsettia Pillow

by DIY Maven

Make a Poinsettia Pillow

Centsational Girl was inspired to try her hand at making felt poinsettia pillows this holiday season. The outcome is gorgeous! And although they might not look like it, Centsational Girl assures us that they are quite easy to make. Supplies to make one 14" to 18" pillow include the following:

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How to Extend the Life of Fresh Cut Flowers.

by Chris Gardner

How to Extend the Life of Fresh Cut Flowers.

Know that little packet of additives that come with arranged flower bouquets? Apparently, it's just a little sugar,

chlorine, and some citric acid. So, create your own DIY solution that you can continue to use throughout multiple water changes. "Mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach, and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice in a quart of warm water."

That's it. The bleach sounds scary to me too, but I'm imagining the chlorine keeps out the...

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How To Make Recycled Flowers from Plastic Bags.

by Chris Gardner

While you're waiting for your real annuals to bloom, bring those nasty plasties and a hot glue gun outside and make these clever recycled flowers.

How To Make Recycled Flowers from Plastic Bags.

Materials:

1. Plastic bags
2. Mini glue gun with multiple heat settings
3. Scissors
4. Dry Erase Marker

1. Cut the bag open. Then create multiple petals from the plastic

2. Use the glue gun to seal and crease the edges.

For full instructions, head over to Instructables.

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DIY Flower Garlands.

by Chris Gardner

Amanda from Readymade, finding inspriration in The Darjeeling Limited, sought to bring a little springtime fun to her abode with some DIY flower garlands.

DIY Flower Garlands.

"Though the number of flowers you’ll need depends on how long you want your garlands to be, gather up at least a couple dozen blooms, as well as a needle and thread. Carnations are a good choice because they’re sturdy (and affordable!), but any locally available, not-too-delicate flowers...

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Make a Baby Food Jar Table Wreath!

by DIY Maven

Make a Baby Food Jar Table Wreath!

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...

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How to Make Test Tube Vases

by Chris Gardner

I saw these a few weeks ago on Cribcandy: clever, and tongue-in-cheek without being kitschy. At $9 a piece, they’re not ridiculously overpriced, but a purchase is never as fun as a DIY attempt.

How to Make Test Tube Vases
 

Materials

Test tubes
Scrap hardwood and power saw
        Or
Wooden craft blocks
Spade bit, matching the size of the test tube
Electric drill or drill press
Sandpaper
Wood stain, or finishing oil, paste wax, etc

1. Obtain the test tubes. Ask friends or...

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