DIY: Make Your Own Floral Arrangement In Minutes

 

If you’d like a quick, easy floral arrangement for a special occasion or even for your home year round here’s a simple solution. 

First of all, for the most cost effective arrangement – always try to find your flowers on sale.  I know – that goes without saying, but I thought I’d say it anyway.  Especially if you would like a nice full arrangement that requires lots of flowers, buying them on sale can make a huge difference in the cost.  (Great looking containers can usually be found on sale, too!) I like to shop at Hobby Lobby here in town, because they have a nice assortment of flowers and they have them on sale half price at least once a month or more.  (I just can’t bring myself to buy them unless they are on sale, because I know if they’re not this week odds are they will be next week.)

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If I don’t see this sign I don’t buy.

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Tip number one is this: Not all flowers are created equal.  There are some that are too bright, the leaves are too green, the colors are just “off” and they are just overall too fake looking which gives them a cheese-o-rama appearance.  Look for a higher quality flower or floral arrangement, one that looks natural.  Yes, it will cost more, but it will absolutely be worth it.  The easiest way to create a full floral is to buy these ready-made bushels.  These in particular are loaded with color and have added vines and stems to create a more natural, expensive, custom look.  These florals you see here were originally $24.99, but with the 50% sale I got them for $12.49 which is much more bearable, because I needed several to create the look I wanted.

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I added another bushel to the first one to create more fullness.

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Then another.

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Then still another.  In the end I used five of these bushels too create one large arrangement.  So, you can see that buying them at 50% off was a huge advantage with regard to the overall cost. Tip number 2:  Don’t make them too skimpy or wimpy. Keep adding until the fullness you need is there.  That’ll make them look more custom.

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Next I opted for a clear vase so it would look as if the flowers were plucked from the garden and tossed into a vase for a natural look.

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These vases were a whopping $3.99 so with the sale I got them for, yes – you got it – $2.00!

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I decided I wanted to fill the vase with potpourri for added pizzazz.  I had seen this years ago at a flower shop with a fresh flower arrangement and loved the look.  They had simply added potpourri to the water in a clear vase and it looked rich, elegant and beautifulTip number 3Be careful to choose the right look for your container. Adding interest with the vase helps enhance the arrangement.  The wrong container can ruin the entire look.

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Of course, I looked for a sale on potpourri and – voila! – I was in luck.

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A bag of potpourri – $3.99 on sale for $1.98!

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I filled my glass vase with the potpourri and added a strand of pearls just for fun.  Can you see it tucked inside here?

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Then I added my five bushels of flowers.  I carefully fluffed and tweaked the leaves, the flowers and the stems, arranging them until I got the look I liked.

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Inexpensive, easy to do and the result is beautiful.

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Here’s another arrangement using similar flowers in a different vase.  No, these aren’t professional arrangements done by a professional florist (which I do use frequently and have a definite need for) but, for the right home or event this is an easy solution for a great look using inexpensive ready-made, retail flowers.

Happy Decorating!!!

Cool Candles: Easy Do It Yourself Ideas To Spruce Up Your Space

 

If you are having a party and need some inexpensive ideas for tables, or if you just want to make a few inexpensive changes in your everyday décor – adding decorative candles may be just what you need to spice it up.  Take a look at some of these fun, easy ideas.

Candles from BHG

Using inexpensive votives spray them with adhesive glitter spray and apply a jewel of choice (old earring, pendant, or a jewel from the craft department, etc.)  with a hot glue gun to create these candle holders.  Apply the same technique to a larger votive for an even more dramatic look.

canning jars - fill with water add a floating candle and ribbon

For this look just fill a jar with water, add a floating candle and the ribbon of your choice.  Ribbons with the wire edging are the best, because the bow can be shaped.

coat greenery sprisgs with spray adhesive glue trim bottom

Coat greenery with adhesive spray, adhere to the jar and trim the bottoms.

This candle display is simply a tray filled with moss and inexpensive candle votives. (The votives can be purchased many times two for a dollar at your local craft store or dollar store.)  Place them randomly on the moss tray or in neat rows.  It’s the cloistering of many of them together that creates the dramatic look. 

repurpose old sweaters of wool socks for candle cozies

A fun use of old sweaters.  Just create snug wraps by cutting to fit and gluing or sewing edges.  You could do this with other fabrics as well.

Place stickers or stencil on votive and spray paint with metallic spray paint.  Peel back stickers or stencil to see the pattern underneath.

wrap and pin ribbon or fabric and secure with pearl pins

Wrap candle with decorative ribbon or fabric and secure with pearl pins.

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Glue craft paper to match your motif onto candle votive.  Trim edges to fit.  You can finish the edges with ribbon for a finishing touch if you’d like.

wrap with double stick carpet tape and press candy canes onto the tape around candle

Wrap candle with carpet tape and place candy canes or decorative candy of your choice to tape for a fun, festive look.

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Images by BHG

To create a candle bouquet fill a large votive with decorative sand and place multiple candlesticks in a cluster. 

 

See what fun you can have without spending too much time or money?  Now you can use these ideas as inspiration and go get creative with your own theme! 

Happy Decorating!!!!

No Sew Window Treatment In Less Than An Hour

 

I mentioned the other day that I made a no sew window treatment for my daughter’s bathroom.  A very simple, very easy treatment anybody can make.  And I do mean anybody!  So don’t feel too intimidated to try it.  You’ll be surprised at how simple this is and how great it looks.

Check out these step by step instructions and give it a try:

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First get a strip of wood like this 1×3 from Lowes.   If you want a deeper return on the sides you can certainly do that, too.  I chose this size, because it’s all I needed for her bathroom.   Cut it (or have it cut at Lowe’s for free) somewhere between 3 and 6 inches longer than the window itself to allow room for the brackets and good coverage over the window.

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For the correct measurements:

Measure the width of the board and add the returns for each side to the total measurements.  (Excuse my broken thumbnail – I broke it doing this project!) If your window is 30 inches wide and your returns are 3 inches you will add 6 inches for a total width of 36 inches so the sides of the board will be covered up.  It’s not complicated at all:  the width of the board, plus the depth of the board.  That’s it.  To figure the length a good rule of thumb is 1/4 to 1/3 of the length of the window for the finished length.  (For this treatment you will want to allow enough fabric to give you almost double that length so that when you create the swag you have enough fabric for the correct finished length.)  In my case the length of the window is 72 inches and my treatment’s finished length is 22 inches

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 Fold the fabric in half with the face fabric (the pretty side) on the outside.  Fold in the sides like the picture above.

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Use fabric glue like this Fabri-tac to secure the edges you turned inside.  Just dot the glue inside the edges and press together to give it a finished look.

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 Wrap the top unfinished edge around the board so that both sides of the board are covered and staple into place. 

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Tuck the fabric around the return edges (kind of like you would the edges of a flat sheet on a mattress) to form a neat fold.  Staple into place. 

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Now you have a long piece of fabric hanging from the board.  In my case since I needed the finished length to be 22 inches (or so) so I started with a length of 44 inches (or so) of fabric.  It hung straight down in a rectangle after it was adhered to the board:  Basically a valance that hasn’t yet taken shape.

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To create the swag look you are going to take your fingers (both hands) and place them just a few inches in on each side of the valance.   Now start to scrunch upwards like you’re creating a fan or an accordion.  Do this till you get the length you prefer on the outside swag points.  (Remember 1/4 to 1/3 of the length of the window is a good rule of thumb.)

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Once your length is in place tie off the swag with ribbon.  (You can even use ribbon for your tie’s if you want to.)

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To create the bands or ribbons select the width you’d like.  You can make them skinny or wide, whichever you prefer.  I wanted these a little on the wide side, but I’ve done these before with a skinny band and even rope tassels.  (Rope tassels work really well, too, and using them makes one less step for you to do.)

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I wanted mine to match the shower curtains I had custom made so I purchased a similar fabric, but in a smaller print, and folded them to the width I wanted – seam in the middle as shown above – careful to turn under the bottom edge for a finished look.  I tacked them down by using the Fabri-tac glue shown above.  I tied them off to the right length with a small black ribbon, but you could tie a knot or a bow, too.  If you prefer you can just do a clean band by looping the band edge up to the board and stapling it into place.

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When you are finished you should have something that looks like this. Ta-da!!!  Not hard at all!  This took me around 30 minutes start to finish.  You can do this – I promise!

I will say, though, that this treatment is better if it’s not a window facing the street or facing the backyard.   Otherwise, you probably want to match the liner fabric to your other windows – usually in a neutral color such as white, cream or beige.  This would result in having to sew on a liner (probably with a band of the face fabric at the bottom so that the liner doesn’t show from the front).  And, this is where custom drapes become necessary for those that don’t have an understanding of this sort of thing and sew really well.  

So remember this treatment is more for a side window, rather than the front or back where the liner can clearly be seen from the outside.

 Now for the candle.  Pretty basic, but here’s how to do it for those of you who might not know:

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Take a basic candle votive such as this.

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 Cut fabric to fit with enough to turn under the edges.

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Turn in the raw edges in the back and glue together with Fabri-tac.  Finish off with a ribbon of your choice.  The ones with the wire on the edges work best so you can shape them.

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Add a little bling or embellishment if you’d like for fun.

And that’s it!  There you go.  Now you can make a window treatment and a candle cover to snazz up your own space.

Good luck with your own project and Happy Decorating!!!

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