Umbrella Wreath

Howdy Artzy creations readers! This is Sherri here visiting from Made From Pinterest. I am so excited to share this umbrella wreath with you. But first, I have to tell you how fun it was to meet Melanie at a blogging conference last weekend. I was so excited to meet her in person! I knew I liked her online, and she is just as wonderful and fun to talk to in person. We had a nice lunch together and got to talk all things blogging, crafting, kids, families and lives. We three sisters at MFP just knew if we lived in the same city we would want to hang out with Melanie and we were right!

Celebrate spring with this stunning fresh floral arrangement on your front door.  One little trick will keep your flowers fresh for a week or two! This is such a creative take on a wreath that has a little bit of whimsy.I want to help you celebrate spring with this stunning fresh floral arrangement on your front door. One little trick will keep your flowers fresh for a week or two! This is such a creative take on a wreath that has a little bit of whimsy. I saw these tulips at my local grocery store and just had to have them. I love the lavender petals with that delicate white strip! I had seen an umbrella wreath from Random Thoughts and thought these tulips would look beautiful and brighten up my grey umbrella. Usually this craft is done with artificial flowers. So…I needed to figure out how I could do it with my pretty tulips without them dying in a few days without water.Celebrate spring with this stunning fresh floral arrangement on your front door.  One little trick will keep your flowers fresh for a week or two! This is such a creative take on a wreath that has a little bit of whimsy.Amazon to the rescue! I ordered Aquapiks. Seriously, these things are major floral craft game changers!!!! It’s like an individual vase for each flower. The hole in the lid of the Aquapik was not big enough for the stem of a tulip, so I just cut a few slits for a better fit. I prepared the flowers by removing any damaged petals, and I removed all the lower leaves. This way all the water will be going where you want it and the bottom part of the bouquet will not be too bulky. Then I slid all my lids on each flower and in a bucket next to the sink. It was easy to fill each tube with water, add the flower and secure the lid. Umbrella wreath collageMake sure to have a bucket to put the flowers in. You want to keep the water tubes upright, or a few of them might leak.Celebrate spring with this stunning fresh floral arrangement on your front door.  One little trick will keep your flowers fresh for a week or two! This is such a creative take on a wreath that has a little bit of whimsy.I set the umbrella in another bucket for support and loosely tied the ribbon to keep the flowers upright. Now it was time to do some flower arranging. I carefully slid each flower into the upside down umbrella. When I had them arranged the way I wanted, I tightened the ribbon and tied a bow. I hung the umbrella by the handle on a wreath hanger. I love how inviting and beautiful this looks on my front door. It reminds me of the saying April showers bring May flowers.

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Recycled T-Shirt Flowers-No Sew

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We like to consider ourselves to be a green or sustainable family.  We are always looking for ways to “eat local”, like going to the farmer’s market or buy products from companies that we believe are committed to sustainability. That’s why our family loves the entire method line of products. method is a company that leads by example when it comes to sustainability, and design.  Their new soap factory in Chicago, is the first LEED-platinum certified manufacturing facility… a big deal to my husband an architect. Method uses responsible ingredient sourcing and one of my favorites… recyclable packaging. Well, when method decided to release their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, our family was quick to jump at the chance to try it.

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I’ve found method’s biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula works great in cold water so you use less energy for every load, plus I’ve found washing my girls clothes in cold water, prolongs the life of them and keeps the colors bright… especially their favorite tee-shirts and sweatshirts 🙂 Plus I can use it to pre-stain treat my girls pants with difficult to remove stains like grass.

One thing about method is that they have always had cutting edge packaging designs, and this cool new design is no different. I noticed right away that there is no clumsy handle. The sleek, modern look of the bottle is actually their easy-to-use grip, which takes the place of handles. Why should you care? Because, did you know that handles on the bottles make them not fully recyclable? I love the fact that method goes the extra distance with their designs, showing their commitment to not only their product, but sustainability as well.

Speaking of sustainability, one of the things we really try to do in our home is to recycle or upcycle as many things as we can. Fortunately, both my daughters and I are always creating things, so finding a new use for things comes pretty easily. That’s why once something like an old t-shirt is no longer useable or is worn out, we turn it into a cute and fun spring craft. Well, here’s how an old t-shirt became a cute floral bouquet in our home…

Supplies Needed:

  • Old T-Shirts
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Stick
  • Floral Tape
  • 16″ Gauge Aluminum Wire

Step 1:  Cut a piece of t-shirt roughly around 16″ or so.  Taper this first piece so it starts off around 3/4″ in width and increases to about 1 1/2″.

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Step 2:  Taking the scissors, go back and scallop the edges of the t-shirt like above.

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Step 3:  Cut a piece of aluminum wire according to however long you wish the stem to be.  Hot glue the first two scallop pieces together and squish it onto the wire.  Continue to hot glue the bottom edge of the scalloped fabric.  Keep wrapping around the the t-shirt pieces.

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Step 4: You’re flower will begin to look like the above picture.  Repeat the entire process of cutting the strip of fabric, scalloping the edges and hot gluing.  The only thing you need to do differently is cut the fabric piece straight across for any other piece added to the flower.  You don’t need to taper the fabric because you will want bigger petals on the outside of your flower.

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Fold the petals down and shape or adjust the flower as needed.

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Step 5:  Lastly, wrap floral wire around the base of the flower and down the aluminum wire to give it a finished stem like look.

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These spring flowers are fun & cute and can be used for so many things. Who would have thought that an old, worn out t-shirt could become a cute bouquet, be used as attachments to gifts, or even a table centerpiece? I think this is a fun and creative way to sustainably use an old t-shirt.

And don’t forget, if you’re looking for other ways to increase YOUR sustainable lifestyle, head over to the method website and use the coupon code THREEFORME to receive $3 off your method online order. Also, if you’re looking for a new easy-to-clean item of clothing or accessory you may have seen your favorite celebrity wearing, then head over to the ASOS Hub. It’s where method and ASOS have teamed up to share both of their “passions for trend-forward, effortless, modern style”.

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Burst of Color

For Valentine’s Day my husband surprised everyone with beautiful flowers.  Both girls and I got our favorite colored flowers all bundled up and packaged in brown paper with raffia from my favorite florist shop.   Daddy, of course, was the girl’s knight n’ shining armor.  There were squeals, giggles, little dances, and Daddy’s pant leg being pulled multiple times.

All shades of red and pink gerber daisies for the girls.  They were all so beautiful I just had to take pictures of them.

The pinks were for Emma.  She adores the color pink.  These gerber daises are so cheery and happy looking.  They would bring a smile to anyone’s face.

The red flowers were for Lily.  My little one adores the color red, still.  There is not a day that goes by that she doesn’t talk about red being her favorite color.

And last but not least, there were all shades of blues and purples for me.  I gushed when I got them.  It had been a long time since I had received flowers.

 A beautiful iris. 

I’m not sure what kind of flower these are, but the visual texture on these are beautiful.

A huge hydrangea was included in my bouquet.  I love these flowers.  It’s a family thing.  My mom, my sister, and I all love them.

Hoping to also paint some of these too some day.  I’m adding it to me ever growing list. :0) Hope you enjoyed the burst of color as much as we did.

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