DIY: Potted Paper Orchid

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with paper flowers. While I love real flowers, they aren’t always practical as they are prone to wilting and can be expensive.

Even potted orchids, which are among my favorite house plants, eventually fade. A couple of years ago when a bloom fell off one of my orchids I used the fallen blossom to create a template to make coffee filter orchids.

Today’s project uses that same template, but replaces the coffee filters with double sided crepe paper.

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A Chalk Art Festival & DIY Framed Chalkboard

This past weekend my family went to the Utah Foster Care Foundation’s 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival.  During the two day festival artists create works of art on the sidewalk.  The festival raises funds to benefit Utah’s foster families. Here are a couple of photos that I took of the sidewalk art at the festival:

Artist: Jonah Nielsen Slart | Utah Foster Care Foundation’s 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival

Artist: Corrine Johnson | Utah Foster Care Foundation’s 10th Annual Chalk Art Festival

Pretty cool huh? To continue on the chalk theme, today I’ll show you how I made a framed chalkboard  using an inexpensive thrift store frame and paint.

After trying to write the title of this project on my chalkboard, I have a whole new level of respect for the chalk artists!

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DIY Decoupage Collage Plate

Today I’ll show you how I transformed an inexpensive clear glass plate into a beautiful, unique piece of art using scraps of paper.

To make this decoupage collage plate, I raided our recycling bin and glued scraps of paper cut from old catalogs to a sheet of paper, which I then affixed to a glass plate using acrylic medium.  This plate is for decorative use only.  The plate is not washable as it is made with paper!

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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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