Have I ever mentioned that I am a tightwad? I am. And I am proud of it. I consider it a personal challenge each month to get the most out of my money. This spills over into my home decorating as well as at the grocery store, and this means that I have to be creative!
Recently I found this lovely crock in a Facebook buy/sell/trade group for a steal! My plan was to fill it with flowers and use it to prop my front door open on sunny days. I was surprised to find that the cost to fill this with faux flowers would be over $60.
First I found a 50% off sale at Michaels. In my opinion, Michaels has the best selection of affordable faux flowers. It’s the only place that I buy them, and people often mistake them for the real thing.
These dogwood branches are lovely! When I lived in Washington the dogwood blossoms were my favorite. They don’t grow here in Colorado, so I am stuck with fake. These branches look great, but I needed to buy 6 sets of them to fill my crock. Even with my coupon that price would have come to $30.
So, being the tightwad that I am, I bought two sets and left the store. My final cost was $10, but my crock was left less than full:
Kind of disappointing, don’t you think?
Let’s fill a vessel with flowers:
Gather your supplies: Brown craft paper, kitchen string, and some tape.
First of all let me say that this is one of those crafts that you will have to personalize for yourself. Your flowers will probably be a different size that mine, and your crock or bucket is sure to be larger or smaller than mine. All you have to do is play around with what you have to achieve something lovely!
I cut 24″ X 24″ squares out of my craft paper. I also cut my dogwood branches into smaller pieces. In the end I had 4 piles of small branches.
On my squares of craft paper I laid out one pile of my branches:
Then I folded the paper over my branches like so and taped the paper in place:
Using the string I tied a knot in the paper:
Next I folded the paper over until I was happy with the result. This is the step that might challenge you. These packets of flowers are by no means perfect. Play with the paper and the flowers until you like the result:
You can now start stuffing these into your crock or bucket and creating a look you love. You will probably need to “fan out” your flowers to make them look nice.
If your flowers are too low in the crock or bucket, simply wad up some of your craft paper in the bottom to lift them up. If your flowers stick up to high you will need to cut part of your stems off. This is a very “casual” craft, so perfection will never be found in this one.
Remember that your one and only goal is to make your crock look like it’s full of flowers!
Faux flowers can be expensive and the cost to fill a vessel with flowers can break the budget. If you use a bit of creativity you might find yourself with a lovely home decor item, as well as money left in your wallet.