DIY Vintage Button Flowers

As we all know, fresh flowers can instantly brighten a room.  I would love to have fresh flowers in every room of my home, but since that can get expensive I often use handmade flowers instead. Handmade flowers can bring a pop of color and visual interest to a room and unlike real flowers have a long “shelf life.”

Vintage Button FlowersToday, I’ll show you how to make a bouquet of fabric poppies using vintage buttons.  These poppies were inspired by my grandmother’s collection of brown vintage buttons that my mom gave to me.  The designs on the buttons remind me of the centers of poppies. My goal was to create a project to display and highlight the beauty of the buttons.

Vintage Button FlowersI am very pleased with the results and am happy to have the buttons out of their dusty old box so that their beauty can be enjoyed.

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Craft Birds on Branch with Bead Leaves

We are still unpacking and settling into our new place, and despite the fact I told myself I wouldn’t start any craft projects until we were completely unpacked, I couldn’t resist taking a break from unpacking yesterday and creating a quick little project using some decorative birds I found at the dollar store.

Originally I envisioned displaying this project as a mobile or wall hanging.

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Paper Magnolias

To say farewell to DC and to mark our move south, I decided to make a craft and a recipe with a southern theme.  Today I share the craft — paper magnolias — and Thursday I will share the recipe.  Any guesses as to what the recipe is? Check back on Thursday to find out.

No, we are not unpacked yet (I wish!).  We still have mountains of moving boxes.  I’d show you a picture, but I don’t want any evidence of our current mess.

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Coffee Filter Orchids

Earlier this week I blogged about my re-blooming orchids and my recent visit to the U.S. botanic garden.  That post, while about one of my favorite types of flowers, admittedly related to neither cooking nor crafts.  After writing that post I started thinking about whether there were any orchid related projects that I could do (after all this is a craft and cooking blog) and came up with these coffee filter orchids.

Here is a side by side comparison of one of my real orchids (L) and a coffee filter one (R):

I think that these orchids would be nice on a gift in place of a bow, or incorporated into a boutonniere or a bouquet of coffee filter roses.

Coffee Filter Roses and Orchids

One of my orchids (not shown in the earlier post) is dropping its flowers.  I wanted my coffee filter orchids to look as real as possible so I dissected one of these dropped flowers to make a template.

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Botanical Grape Juice Dyed Easter Eggs

After making the onion skin dyed eggs that I blogged about earlier this week, I decided to try my hand at a simplified version of those eggs using the same basic technique. Using hard boiled eggs instead of hollowed out eggs and dying the eggs in grape juice in the fridge instead of in an onion skin dye on the stove, made the grape juice dyed eggs much simpler to make than the onion skin dyed eggs.  Plus, the grape juice dyed eggs made a lovely breakfast the next day.

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