Flowers for Next to None

Today, I want to talk about flowers and why they suck.

I appreciate a good bouquet of roses as much as the next girl, but what I don’t enjoy is taking care of them after the charm of receiving flowers wears off.

You’ve got to find something to put them in. You’ve got to cut the ends of the stems off. You’ve got to figure out how to use those odd little packets of food so the flowers don’t die. And most importantly, you have to make sure that you don’t knock the vase over and make an even bigger mess, which I have been guilty of on more than one occasion.

Then, after you’ve invested all of that hard work, you get to sit around and wait for them to wilt away so you can clean up the mess. It’s a lot of work for very little reward.

If you read my last post, you’ll remember I mentioned a trip to visit my boyfriend’s family, a trip which proved to be rather fruitful.

In addition to the green pitcher/vase I made use of for this post, I also got my hands on a wooden lap desk, gigantic cork board and Tommy Hilfiger backrest pillow, all of which you will likely be seeing in the near future as I make use of them in upcoming projects.

That green pitcher inspired me. I spent the trip home hunting for DIY flower tutorials. Though it took quite a bit of patience and a few first degree burns to get it all figured out, I was able to turn a copy of “The New York Times Crosswords for a Weekend Getaway, which I picked up at Goodwill, into a playful bouquet of roses to adorn my bedroom bookshelf.

Here are the purchases:

A pitcher, which I re-purposed as a vase – FREE

Vase of Faux Flowers

Floral wire, which I used as the stems of the flowers – $3.99

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Book of crossword puzzles, the pages of which I cut up and folded into flowers – $0.99

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Hot glue gun, an inexpensive one is definitely an excellent find for anyone interested in undertaking DIY projects – $2.99

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Craft foam, which I cut down to fit the size of the vase and stuck the stems of the flowers through so they wouldn’t move around too much – $5.99

Here’s the DIY tutorial I loosely followed to create these flowers courtesy of It’s Always Autumn. You can check out the DIY Projects page to closer look at this project.