We love hearing wonderful stories from our customers who've purchased mixed floral bouquets from us. Recently we've found that our customers love to re-purpose their floral bouquets from creating accessories to potpourri, perfumes, and even salads. From the flower delivery and to the vase, don't let those flowers go to waste. I am always looking for something fun to do with my kids so I decided to turn this past Saturday into a DIY kid's craft day for my daughters.
As a mom, I am always looking for new things to try that are fun, cost effective and will keep my little ones entertained. I feel like I've been to every arcade, amusement park, and kid friendly event over the last 5 years and I would like to spend a bit more time at home. Needless to say, I am over all of the hay rides and pumpkin patches for 2015, thank you very much.
I shared these ideas with my 5 and 10-year-old daughters and they were very excited to try it on for size. Before hearing about it from one of our customers, I would have never dreamed of eating a kale and carnation salad, but that's exactly what my girls did while they made their floral crowns. The salad was quite good.
I have an earthy tree hugging daughter who had so much fun that day and these DIY flower craft ideas were right up her alley.
Making floral crowns with your children is a fun way to re-purpose wilted flowers. We used one mixed floral bouquet and made 2 crowns! Sure, you could create the same look with fake flowers but these looked way cooler.
So here's what you'll need:
- A bunch of flowers
- Floral tape
- Floral wire
- Baby's breath, twigs and/or other filler
- Mini pliers
- An imagination and some open minded kids
Wrap the floral wire around your head to determine the right fit. Be sure to position the floral wire on your little one's head exactly where you want it positioned. This way you'll be sure the flowers won't block their view.
Parents, use your mini pliers to bend and hook both ends together and then wrap with floral tape to secure. The ends can be quite sharp so parents please be sure to go over the ends twice.
This is where your little one can channel their inner florist:
Let them mix the flowers together and position them in bunches according to how they want them to appear on their crown. You could even add twine, or ribbon to make the crown as well. Once they've made a bunch of mini bouquets, begin to secure each little arrangement with floral tape to secure the bunches. Once they have all their mini bouquets ready, begin wrapping and taping the bunches to the crown base.
Once it looks full enough let them put it on their crowns and strut their stuff!
DIY: Flower Petal Salad... Pretty flowers to a Healthy Treat
The salad was pretty simple, we used roughly 20 petals that had fallen from our flowers and added them to a mesclun salad. We added some balsamic vinegar, olive oil and voila! If you are a fan of arugula then you will appreciate the flavor of the flowers added to the mix.
This DIY kid's craft project is a great addition to a day of playing dress up and tea parties. Once the day is done, your child will have their little own custom arrangement that they can keep. My little ones hang them on the wall as decorations. When they get bored they will probably use them as frisbees, but for now they are hanging on the wall ready for the next dress up event.