Summer Floral Craft Projects – A Guest Post!

When I was younger, “florist” was one of the things I wanted to be “when I grew up”. I always thought it would be so much fun to work in a shop full of all sorts of gorgeous blooms, and put them together beautifully and in a way that would make lots of people happy! I still mess around with it a little bit here and there, but in the end, I don’t think I have “the gift” to be a florist. Albeit, I’m still very interested in floral arranging.

So when Lauren Fuller contacted me to see if I wanted to share some of her fantastic summer floral craft projects, all the happy flower feelings came to light once more! She’s got some great ideas! Check this out…

Summer weather has arrived and it’s time to brighten up your house with new designs and decorations to make it feel more summery in your space. Making your own summery floral projects is a great way to decorate your home in a cost effective way. You get the fun of first decorating your home with living flowers, and then you can reuse them for summer craft projects to make them last even longer, extending the money you spent on them in the first place.

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Arranging Live Flowers

Before you use your flowers for crafting, make sure to keep them alive and flourishing for as long as you can. You can buy flowers individually at the store and arrange them yourself into nice bouquets or you can go online and order bunches of flowers in less expensive arrangements like these roses from ProFlowers.

Keep flowers flourishing for longer by removing any lower sitting leaves as these will quickly die and can leave bacteria in the water, causing the flowers to die quickly. Make sure to cut the stems at a sharp upwards angle to extend their life and stir into the water any plant food that came with your purchase. If you run out of flower food, you can supplement with sugar.

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Made-to-Order Lampshade

About two months ago, our cat was flying around the house being ridiculous, and knocked one of our matching lamps off the end-table in the living room. She broke the dang thing. Did I mention that they were matching?

Since I couldn’t find another lamp to match the non-broken one, I bought two new lamps, kept the lampshades (which were not damaged) and everything was fine. Except I still had one lamp with no shade left. And no place at home to put it.

But with a new office at the insurance agency where I work full time, I knew I could use it there. The problem was, I still had no lampshade.

So I spent several months looking for said lampshade, finally found the perfect one on Walmart’s website, and I ordered it (on clearance) for about $6. Wohoo, right?

Except when the box came, here’s what it looked like:

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Yeah. So you can imagine what the shade itself looked like. Pitiful. Unfixable. Sold out. Returned.

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