When my kids were little, money was sparse, and we lived way out in the backwoods. There was little, if any, activities we could afford. We did discover one, however, that may sound a little morbid at first, but is actually wonderful.
We visited cemeteries. We never removed floral arrangements from a gravesite, and if we could pick up and restore one to its proper place, we did. But at the back or in the woods around the perimeter of most cemeteries, there are usually piles of discarded silk flowers. Many are still beautiful when brought home, washed in the bathtub with some regular washing powder and bleach, and dried.
If one is especially pleasing in shape, but faded, there are sprays sold at craft shops to "paint" them colorful again. We disassembled the arrangements first, washed them, and reused cleaned containers, or yard sale vases; perhaps using a jelly jar with a cute grosgrain ribbon, to re-arrange them into beauty again.
Maybe a card, pair of socks, pocket comb, a box of bath powder or similar dollar-store item was added.
Then we would make a trip to our local nursing homes, assisted living houses, battered women's shelter, or the like, and my children learned to give from the heart, and received such gratitude in return.
It was like an Easter-egg hunt in the bushes, a recycling project and art class at home. We also has a Sunday school lesson in the faces who smiled back at us as we shared all we had, and let a "forgotten" person know they were special. And I now have some really special, loving, giving adult children.
Thank you for your beautiful thoughts :)
I don't think it's morbid at all and it's wonderful that you and your children clean and pretty them up and take them to others to share them and it brightens everyone's days!
Those flowers are all steeped in love and kindness. It is great to give them a new purpose. How kind and sweet of you to think of that for those older souls in the nursing home.
I agree with Deeli...it's not morbid. We live too much in a discard-able society, which is why we now must rediscover the color of green and try and undo what we have done to our budgets, landfills, homes, and communities.
I know that smiles on seniors faces, teaching your kids to be thrifty and creative at the same time, and salvaging these flowers are better than letting them fill up the local dumps. I hope you win this month cos' you sure have my vote!
Sandi/Poor But Proud
This makes my eyes very watery. It is so wonderful.
When I started to read your article, I assumed you were going to describe how you used these flowers for your home or make something to sell. I was truly touched by the beauty of your heart. God bless.
Dress up a simple tee or wear it in your hair, either way they are fun to make and wear.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Since you will be using flame this is not a craft for children and please be careful. Have a wet paper towel or small bowl of water close by! I don't intend to scare you I just want you to be careful and safe. These are easy and safe to make, but you must always be careful when using an open flame.
You will be melting the edges of the fabric by holding your fabric slightly above the flame. I use a tea candle so it sits low on the work surface.
If making your flower into a pin. Sew on a pin back and enjoy your synthetic silk flower.Try mixing different colors of fabric and different shapes of petal patterns for fun.
As you can see they can be used in a variety of ways. The red and blue tops were a little too low for wearing to some occasions and the flower makes a pretty solution to that temporary problem.
Dress up a plain tee with a grouping around the neck or on one shoulder. They are so light weight you won't know they are there. So cute on a clip in the hair and the little girls especially like having something no one else has as we all know. They are so quick and easy to make you can get 3 five layer flowers from one 1/8 yard of fabric.I found a great variety at JoAnn's Fabrics on sale for half price, that made my flowers around $2.50 each.
By Ann W from Loup City, NE
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Those are so interesting! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for showing us different colors and styles. I think they are very beautiful and unique. Seems like it would be easy to make a mistake with the flame though, but maybe that is just me and my klutziness. :)
Really cute! Thanks for sharing!
Adorable! Thank you for sharing this cute idea!
I knew these were yours before I even looked, but wasn't surprised. Very cute!
Take a Styrofoam ball, pull heads off of silk flowers and glue and press into Styrofoam ball. Glue silk leaves from silk flowers throughout ball. Hot glue matching ribbon so you can hang.
This natural and artistic piece is a great way to add some dimension and class to a room. The round stone base and graceful grass top create a unique planter looking decoration.
This craft can be a lot of fun and very complementing to a rooms décor. You can make simple country kitchen designs or something more contemporary and modern.
I went to a Tea Room awhile back and used their restroom and when I washed my hands they had this dish with silk flower petals in it that had scented soap that coated them. You used one petal to wash your hands, that was all you needed.
Can anyone please tell me how they made these silk soap petals. I would really like to know how to do this.
Kay from Clyde, TX
I bought the soap making pack of soap base at Michael's and melted according to instructions. I dismantled my artificial flower blooms and dipped them, then let them dry on wax paper...very easy. and pretty as you say displayed in a bowl.
These are very easy to make. Just use melt and
pour soap you can buy at a craft type store.
You can melt this two way, in a double boiler or in themicrowave. Just be careful
to not let it get to hot. You may add a scent to the melted soap. Have wax paper laid out. Using tweezers dip the silk
flowers petals you have cut apart into the melted soap. Place on the wax paper to dry. That's it.
I live in Abilene, where is this tea shop you are talking about? I'd like to go myself. And if I do, I'll ask them if they can tell me! It sounds really pretty and feminine. I love stuff like that! You don't get to see stuff like that very often. Have a great week!
Much love, Cindy
Hi Cindy, It was in Baird, Tx. It is closed now due to slow business. In a small town it is so hard to make a living with a small clientele. It was a lovely old 2 story house and I really did enjoy going there and the two ladies that owned it were so sweet. I'm sorry you missed out on such a delightful place. The whole place was decorated so beautifully. Sorry you missed out on it. Love Kay
That sounds so lovely! And what a great use for silk flowers that are no longer fresh looking! Thanks!
That sounds so cool. It will be a great touch to the bathroom. I am in Brownwood, Texas would love to see something like that.