1st Day of DIY Christmas: Advent Calendars

I love Christmas and I love DIY, so during this holiday season I thought to myself, why not dedicate 12 blog post to 12 different themes each featuring 12 different projects? There are a lot of ideas so strap on your snow boots and turn on your Christmas tunes and get ready for some awesome ways to celebrate the season!

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1. Clothes Pins
2. Chalkboard and Hanging Sacks
3. Brown Boxes
4. Tree Boxes
5. Books
6. Messages in Ornaments
7. Craft Bag
8. Wall Calendar
9. Hanging Chalkboard Boxes
10. Baby Socks
11. Felt Tree
12. Luminaries

Not Your Typical Grocery Store Flowers

Passing through the aisles in the grocery store, it is easy to walk by the prepackaged, cellophane wrapped bunches of flowers.  However, it’s time to STOP! With a little creativity you can take these common flowers and use them to make something truly special! Below are 10 easy ideas using prepackage bunches of flowers that will transform your party or event.

 1. Dessert

Add color and texture to any dessert by decorating your sweet treats with blooms of flowers. Use flowers such as chamomile, daisies, violets, or pom poms either directly on your dessert or on the serving tray.

2. Candles

Take old garden pots and fill it with wet floral foam. Add a candle to the middle and fill around the edges with flowers. Try using different size pots to add interest to your table.

3. Pressed Flowers

When flowers begin to fade, don’t throw them away; press them in an old book for future projects. After they are dried frame the pressed flowers to enjoy them for years to come.

4. Tin Cans

For a simple grouping of flowers, turn used soup or coffee cans into vases for very little money. Spray paint the cans or cover them in fabric or paper to create cohesiveness among the containers.

5. Jars and Wine Bottles

Place single blooms of flowers into individual milk jars, wine bottles, or mason jars. I recommend varying the heights of your containers to add interest.

6.Place Cards

With a Sharpie write each guest’s name on greenery leafs and use them as place cards for your table.

7. Rose Petal Bubbly

Add a little extra special to your party cocktails by floating rose petals in the bubbly. (Don’t worry roses are edible!) Roses come in numerous shades, which allow you to coordinate the petals with your cocktail.

8. Napkins

Add an extra pop of color to your table by tucking cut flowers into your guests folded napkins. To keep the blooms from wilting, wrap floral tape around the cut stem. To fold the napkin, lay it on a flat surface, and fold in half widthwise so the folded edge is near you. Fold the top layer back down halfway. Turn the napkin over, and fold the edges into the center. Finish by folding the napkin in half.

9. Votives

Use candle votives (minus the candle) and place singular stems in each. Groupings work great on party tables or place one on a bathroom vanity or kitchen counter.

10. Submerged

Fill water to the top of your miscellaneous vases and submerged single stems or bunches of the same flower. A trick to keep the buoyant flowers in place is to use a floating candle; which also adds ambient lighting.

11. Ice Cubes

Freeze edible flowers with water in ice-cube tray, then adding the colorful cubes to signature cocktails.

Have you seen?

The latest photo shoot by Kelli Hunt Photography featuring Oh My Cupcakes! and flowers by yours truly (Bella Rosa of course) is a must see!

There’s nothing like a bright, spring inspired photo shoot to make a dreary South Dakota day feel sunny and warm.  When picking out the flowers for this shoot, I chose to use hydrangea, dahlias, and tulips in white and stout pink to create a clean and fresh contrast.  Keep in mind, when picking flowers for arrangements, you want to have variety, with not only color, but also with the style of flower used.  Hydrangeas are great for helping to fill out an arrangement without a ton of cost.  Dahlias are a nice, hearty flower with tons or great details with all of the petals, making it a great pair to the tall and sleek tulip.  And don’t be afraid to mix up your container; by placing fresh stems in a blue mason jar, rather than a standard vase, you are able to add color and character without breaking the bank.  This style is great not only for weddings, but also baby showers, bridal showers or fun spring decor to brighten up your home.

For more pictures from this shoot make sure to head over the KHP Blog.

Spring Tulips

Nothing says spring better then a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut tulips. After cold winter months these cheerful blooms often signify that warm weather is around the corner. As the world’s third most popular flower, tulips are in great demand all over the world. Every year billions of tulips are cultivated with the majority being exported from Holland. Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, and bi-colors. Whatever the color, tulips can be utilized in a multitude of ways including, home decoration, special occasion bouquets, or wedding centerpieces. These elegant flowers are said to signify a token of a perfect lover, passion, love, declaration of love, romance, fame, charity, and dreaminess.

Often tulips can be thought as a mischievous bloom that has a life of their own. The reason tulips never seem to stay in the spot where they were arranged is because unlike other flowers, tulips keep growing after being cut. To insure the longest vase life, buy tulips that are just starting to open. Before arranging, it is important to re-cut the base of the stem at an angle. Tulips are a thirsty flower and cutting the stem at an angle will help open up the flower’s water uptake channels. As with any flower arrangement check water levels daily and change when necessary for the longest vase life. You can expect to enjoy these charming stems for three to seven days.

I had to include this great tulip picture that I found at marthastewart.com

Creative Inspiration

I love color and design and it seems like I can never find enough sources for inspiration. And since I am such a visual person, blogs featuring great pictures really help spark my interest.

One of my favorite blogs lately that I just had to share is a creative mint.  The variety of color palettes, textures and specialty papers paired with flowers make it a must see for the creative artist or the crafty do-it-yourselfer.  Here are a few pictures as a sneak peek.  Hope you enjoy!

Baby’s Breath is Back

I’ve just finished up a busy time with Valentine’s Day, and at some point during all of the craziness, especially after seeing all of the cards, candy and balloons this year, it made me think of the cliche bouquet: red roses with LOTS of baby’s breath.

For years, baby’s breath, also known as gypsophila or “gyp”,  has taken a back seat (and even I can admit I have tried to stay away from it.) However, in it’s defense, baby’s breath is coming back and is now being used in modern arrangements. Even brides who are looking for a vintage, country or boho feel (without a lot of expense) are incorporating baby’s breath into everything from ceremony decorations and centerpieces to solely baby’s breath for their wedding bouquets.

Find more inspiration on baby’s breath done right here.

Below picture from Primodonna Bride.