Hello and welcome back to the, Blog at Main Floral! Sure, we’ve been super busy with Prom flowers, and our minds are having fun starting to coordinate our Mother’s Day plan of attack–but, we’ve also been in Spring crafty mode, too. There’s something about finally getting to open up the windows, and the late evening light, that makes us want to create.
While working through some spring cleaning projects at home–we happened to come across a book full of flower petals we had pressed in the fall, as well as some flowers we pulled from the yard late last summer. It was a fun find and we, immediately, decided to put them to good use. 🙂 We thought we’d share the simple, flowery, projects we did–in case you’re feeling creative lately like we are. AND, if you like these ideas, but don’t have any dried flower petals to work with–stop in and treat yourself to some fresh flowers! You can enjoy the heck out of them while they’re brightening up your home, and then when they start to fade–press the petals to make things with later. It’s win/win! As always, with our crafty project ideas–we love to keep ’em simple, reuse as much as possible, and allow for lots of room for extra creativity/error. 🙂 If you’ve been creating with flowers, in ANY way, and want to share a photo, or two, with us–we’d love to see over on FB!
Tealight Candle Holders
-Jars of any size/shape. (We used an old salsa jar, and a jar for some kind of dip that was, clearly, not memorable.)
-Mod Podge (White glue, mixed about 50/50 with water also works. It just makes the glass a little frostier looking.)
-Little Rocks for the Bottom (This is optional. We have a stash, at home, from the dollar store–so, we used ’em.)
-Twine/Ribbon/Yarn/Rope and Glue (Again, this is optional. We covered the area where the lid screwed on with glue, and then a thick twine.)
The first thing you will want to do is figure out just where you want to put your dried flowers/petals/leaves, and how you would like them positioned. When you figure that out, use your paintbrush to paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge. Stick a dried flower on, and then continue with that until your flowers are all around your jar. Then, use your paintbrush again to cover all of your dried flowers, as well as the entire glass, with Mod Podge. Once everything dries, if you are going to cover the lid area with twine (or something else), cover the area with glue and then wrap it with your twine. When everything is dry, drop rocks into the bottom (if you’re using them), as well as your candle. Done! Simple. Easy. And, cute enough to be proud of.
Dried Flower Ornaments
What You’ll Need for the Dough:
-1 cup of Baking Soda
-1/2 cup of Corn Starch
-3/4 cup of Warm Water
-Cup or Round Cookie Cutter
-Oven at 200 Degrees
Mix the dry ingredients into the saucepan and then add the warm water–mix again. Place on the stove and cook over medium heat, while stirring constantly. Once it starts to bubble, and thicken, pull off of heat and remove from pan. (We just plopped ours on a cutting board for a couple of minutes.) Once it’s cool enough to touch, knead the dough until it comes together and feels like clay. Now you can roll it, and cut it, and play with it however you would like. (We would just like to say that we were super skeptical of this recipe working–but, we promise you, it does.)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick, and either use your round cookie cutter, or an upside down cup, and cut out circles. Place the circles on your cookie sheet and use your toothpick to poke a hole (this is where your string will go to hang them). Put your cookie sheet in the oven and check back every thirty minutes, or so, to see if they’re hard yet. (They will air dry too, if you have time.) Ours took about 1.5 total.
(These are them after the oven. The dino’s are what the kid wanted–so, we did those too. They’ll be ornaments too, eventually.)
What You’ll Need for the Ornaments:
-Mod Podge (Glue and water could work here too–though, it will make the final results foggier looking. We feel like Mod Podge is the best option for this project.)
Plan out how you want to place your flowers. Once you figure that our, use your paintbrush to coat the clay in Mod Podge. Lay your flowers down and apply a coat of Mod Podge over the flowers. Let dry. Repeat on the other side if you would like them to be two sided. Add your string to hang them. Done! (Ours are hanging in our window currently; they are so springy. These would also be cute on a Christmas tree, as a gift tag, or for little gifts to give. These are easy enough where the kids can help too!)
Credit to where we got our inspiration, and clay recipe from: