[corner-ad id=2]It’s been long enough. Those gift bags stuffed with all of this months bounty have been pushed in the corner too long.
So, without further ado…let’s banish the mess back the their rooms where it belongs! But wait! Don’t just throw all the trash in the trash! Be a hoarder- Like me!!
I start with the packaging.
Save all the twist ties off the packages. We’ll need those right now.
And that tissue paper!
Here’s the plan.
This is not a new plan. It’s something that’s been done maybe as long as there’s been paper! But what better time to fill our homes with color than right now? Our needed supplies are free and headed for the trash!
I’ve said before when we painted milk bottles that I’m not a “fresh flowers” kind of girl. There are a few exceptions to this. I’ll tell you a story if you stick around about the first time my husband gave me flowers (I’m a dork). I did have a fresh bouquet at my wedding, and just a few here and there but the tables were dressed with vegetables cut to look like flowers. I am quite fond of plants and pretty things, though. I mostly like to dry flowers. Then use them to heal my family. Makes more sense than letting them wither and die on my table… but that’s just me.
Let’s get started:
Cut a strip of tissue paper about four inches wide.
Cut that strip into squares about 4 inches wide. I just cut, pick up the square(s), then use that as a template, moving down until it’s not long enough to get another square. Depending on exactly how wide you cut your strip/squares, you will probably have five or six squares.
This is not a picky thing unless you’re wanting to sell them or something. They can be imperfect. That’s perfect.
Clean up your pile a bit (get all the pieces lined up the best you can quickly) then fold the stack like an accordion. I go with about a half-inch fold. If my square is more of a rectangle, like the pic above, I would fold it down toward me, so there were more folds because of the longer length. Make any sense?
Trim the ends to a point. Then find center (you can fold it in half if you need to…I just eyeball it). Use a good pair of SCISSORS to make a cut from either side toward the center, but leave about 1/8 – 1/4 inch between the cuts.
This is where you’ll put your wire. I use whatever I can find. I used a bread tie here. Just wrap it around your tiny accordion and twist or tie to secure it.
You can even cut the wired edge off an old bow, if you want.
Make sure the piece is long enough to support the flower in the vase, or you’ll have to get creative.
If you’re attaching the flower to something else (onelittleproject.com attached them to napkin rings…too cute) then it doesn’t need to be very long.
Then pull up each layer of tissue paper and behold your beautiful flower!
See. That’s why I’m a hoarder!
Oh, wait!! My story…
When my husband and I were dating we were getting pretty serious about each other. One night I parked at his house and we rode around with our friends all evening in his smokin’ hot red Nova, like always (we were teenagers), and finally went back to his house so I could get my car and go home. We talked awhile before I left and he asked me what kind of flowers I liked. I told him that I don’t like flowers from the store. Maybe I’d like to be given some wildflowers, but florists were a waste of money for something that will die. Later he told me goodnight and we walked over to my car, passing his car. There, in the back floorboard was a long white box with a red satin ribbon wrapped around it. He had bought me flowers! He wasn’t even going to give them to me after I had carried on like that!!! They were lovely carnations, which, I do prefer to roses. I couldn’t believe I had ridden in that car for HOURS and never even noticed!! A few months later when I graduated high school he gave me a huge bouquet of wildflowers. It’s been 15+ years since then and I don’t expect any here soon. Moral of the story…I should’ve said I like whatever kind of flowers he wants me to have, cause now that I’m older I love to receive anything unexpected from him! Recently my friend sent me a vase of wildflowers when I was going through a tough time…I wonder if I’ve told her that story? It was a wonderful gesture to be reminded I wasn’t grieving alone each time I looked at them…I guess I actually am a fresh flower kind of girl!
And guess what? I took all four written tests for getting my CDL today! I PASSED THEM ALL!!! Yay!! I’m one step closer to driving a school bus!
‘Til next time!