I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.
I love this little thing. It’s perfect for Valentines Day or Spring and really any day of the year to give your home a fresh floral look. Michaels sent me some items and I was asked to make one of their new Spring Wood Surfaces creatively using Plaid Craft products.
- Spring Wood Surfaces
- 6″ Foam Wreath Form
- Mod Podge
- Tissue Paper
- Foam Brush
- Martha Stewart Gilding Paint (optional)
- Paintbrushes (optional)
I started with applying my Mod Podge – I did this in one solid step because my tissue paper is a roll. If my paper was actual sheets, I would do this piece by piece. I start with the bare minimum that I think I’ll need. If you overdue it with the Mod Podge, you risk tearing and an overall non attractive project (I learned years ago the hard way!)
Start by pouncing and add any additional that you may need, remember that your foam brush is usually always filled with the product as well. I then laid my paper on the wood surface and tried to make it as smooth as possible. It won’t be perfect and that’s what the sandpaper is there for later. I allowed this to dry overnight and then I carefully cut around the Sprind Wood Surface to remove the excess tissue paper. I then decided to go on the inner and outer edge with the Gilding Paint.
With my wreath I chose some artificial flowers I had on hand. They are about 2″ in diameter and about 5 to a stem and I needed 10 total. I cut them about 1.5″ below the bud and just stuck it into my wreath form. I didn’t glue it because of the wire and I might want to use this form again. I grabbed some 1.5″ grey satin ribbon from a local shop here and just wrapped it around the wreath where no flowers were yet. I then sandpapered the inner and outer edges of the surface to give it a bit of a worn look and then I hot glued the ribbon to the back of the wooden surface and then I filled in the sparse areas with the remaining flowers.
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I hope you love this, I plan on giving this to a dear friend of mine who I just love and I know she’ll love it too! XOXO – Lindsay
Today I’m apart of Craft Lighting Halloween 2014 with a Spooky Halloween Wreath. I love these series that Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts put on each year! Halloween has to be my second favorite holiday. I love all the colors associated with Halloween. If it came with presents instead of candy, it’d be my favorite holiday!
I had a lot of fun at JoAnn’s picking out the goods to make this wreath. I knew I wanted something earthy and a little sinister without it being too Holiday-ish. I kind of don’t love the froo froo looking decor. It’s definitely not me.
I bought a 10″ styrofoam wreath mold I guess is what you’d call it. Floracraft is the ones who make it and I like them the best because they are the sturdiest. Some people use pool noodles and I don’t mind it but I’ve noticed that you can get sagging or some cheaper ones fall apart a lot faster. I go for it in the beginning using a coupon and you can spend $3-$6 on one and you’re money and time won’t be wasted because you’ve invested in a good product. That’s just my honest opinion. I bought some black moss in the floral department along with a small nest and some pinecones. These were also all on sale so I spent about $15 total on this wreath. I had the bird from a clearance sale last year from Michaels.
I used a low temp glue gun to adhere the moss to the foam. This will give you an advantage in two ways. One, it will not melt the foam and two, it will help you be able to touch the actual glue without burning yourself. Also at this point I took the bird’s nest and painted it with my favorite spray paint, Rustoleum 2X Coverage in Black. I let it dry to the touch and glued it on and adhered the bird in the position I wanted it in.
I then took the package of the mini pinecones and placed them below the nest in a cluster and spread them out to have them taper off so they wouldn’t end bluntly when they were all gone. Again, I just hot glued them. This was a really easy process. When everything was in the position I wanted it to be, I just took my embossing gun and heated up all the strands of dried glue and they disappeared.
I placed it on my front door in front of a large wire spider web I bought last year at a boutique. I’m still in the process of decorating my front porch so I can’t wait to show you more! This project was really fast once you have all your products in an assembly line.
Make sure you check out the rest of the Craft Lightning Halloween 2014 Series!! Thanks for checking out this fun project, I enjoyed making it!
Making your own floral arrangement is a lot easier than it sounds. Grab some of your favorite flowers and create away.
Creating an easy floral arrangement is easier than you may think.When I grab flowers at the store, I love to take them home and just cut them into varying lengths and set them in a vase. I don’t usually have the floral foam on hand because I never knew it cost less than a $1 for a large block of it. You can easily find something totally off key to put flowers in. Using watering buckets, bowls, boots, mason jars, or even wooden boxes are unusual and add more conversation to an arrangement. Just even going for a different shape than the standard tall vase adds something that is pleasing to the eye. I’m not a professional florist, to be honest, I don’t really know the names of the flowers I used, I just knew I wanted something fuller and purple.
In Salt Lake, there is a wholesale floral company called Ensign Floral. They have an amazing assortment of whatever you can imagine and can special order whatever you need, but they are wholesale and you need a business license.
When I went in I knew that I needed to work with height and fill in the bottom. I knew that I didn’t need a lot of variety. I could achieve a lot of drama without going overboard with a lot of colors and species. I first start with my height. I was looking for some branches that had a worn look to them. When I saw these figs, I knew that they were the right fit. They had a slight grey tone but with the green in the figs, they ended up tying in with the lemon leaves that I was going to use in the base. I then selected the purple ones (these are the ones I obviously don’t know the name of). They had the perfect fullness in them but yet they were mini enough that I thought they were just the cutest. When they bloom they have a white flower too! I then chose the lemon leaves because these are a hearty leaf and they last so long and dry beautifully.
First, I cut my oasis foam into thirds, just along the cut guidelines. I placed it in my square vase, pressed it down to the bottom and filled it with water. This soaks up a lot of water so just keep filling it until you think it can fill anymore. Usually filling the vase twice is ample enough. My vase has about a 4×4″ opening.
Once you have the oasis filled, you can start cutting your flower stems and placing them in your vases or pots. When cutting your stems, you want to cut on an angle. This makes it so that the water can travel up the stem and give your flower a longer life. I prefer also to have my water to be room temperature. I’ve heard that having warmer or colder water can make your blooms loosen or tighten up. I’m not really sure but I know that’s what Martha Stewart said and I’m going to do what she said!
I placed my twig stem in the middle. I only had 2 fig stems so it was pretty easy to figure this one out. Once that was done I began placing my purple flowers around the base of the figs. These I wanted to have a bit of height since I knew my leaves were going underneath the easy floral arrangement.
Before I added the leaves to my easy floral arrangement, I wanted to make sure that my purple blooms were pretty symmetrical. The great thing about flowers is that they are so forgiving and that is what makes them so beautiful. They don’t have to be perfect. When adding the leaves, you’ll want to fill in any blank areas that you can. That’s my personal preference. I’ve seen florists use apples or artichokes to do this too. I wanted a bit of a fanned look, so I chose the leaves for this easy floral arrangement. I cut them in different lengths and to just start placing where I could find a spot. Be creative, they don’t all have to face the same direction. Make sure you get the dead blooms or leaves off too. If you don’t do that, they will end up taking those vital nutrients from the others cause they are struggling to survive.
Once you’ve placed all your blooms and stems inside to vase, go ahead and double check everywhere and make sure everything is sitting where you want it to sit. This type of easy floral arrangement will last you a good while because these are not delicate blooms. The figs aren’t necessarily the best thing to hang around but the twigs obviously will last. I really love this arrangement and it was fairly inexpensive. I was able to make 2 of these including 2 vases for $35. Again, that is at a wholesale price. Go ahead and ask florists at the end of the day if they have any blooms they are willing to part with. I’m sure they’d be willing to get something for them. Roses can easily be salvaged just by taking a few petals off. I’d say that this was a really successful creation.