Spring will be here before you know it, but if you're anxious to enjoy the new life that stems from this season even before the snow melts in your yard, some easy at-home flower crafts might be just the ticket. Country Living magazine recently offered crafty gals and guys a few DIY craft projects that are sure to bring the spring spirit in. Here are few of the most gorgeous options:
Make your own dried flower candles
If you recently received a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from your beau, you might be wondering how to remember the special gift long after the flowers bloom. Using them to make beautiful candles for the home might be one of the best ways to help make your love last.
For this project you'll need 2 pounds of kitty litter, fresh or already dried flowers, 1 wax candle, paraffin wax and craft adhesive.
When you have the materials, start by taking the fresh flowers and placing them on a cookie sheet with a layer of kitty layer. Add a top layer to fully cover the florals, then place the tray in a cool dry place for at least a week. You can skip this step altogether if your blooms have already dried out. When the flowers are dry, remove them from the litter and lay them out in an arrangement you like on a sheet of paper.
Next, use the craft adhesive to stick the flowers to the candle, making sure the flowers lay flat against the wax. From here, set a double boiler on your stove over medium-high heat and melt the paraffin wax in the top pot - heating the product to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, take the candle with the flowers on it and hold it by the wick while you gently dip it into the wax. Hold it there for five seconds, then remove carefully and dip again to ensure the flowers stick. Wait two hours for the candle to dry and voila! You have your very own floral candle!
Create a ribbon vase
Since spring and summer are almost here, you might be looking forward to picking a few fresh blooms right from your garden to display in your home. A great way to sass up your current selection of vases is to decorate one using colorful ribbons.
To create a one-of-a-kind vase, start by looking around the home for a vase or even a glass box that you aren't too fond of. Next, grab a few different ribbons and a hot-glue gun. Simply wrap the ribbon around the vase from top to bottom, alternating when you feel it looks best. The finished product will be a gorgeous vase that you can use all summer long.
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