8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter BluesNow that we’re almost done with January, I’m sure most of you are sick of winter (especially after that snow storm on the east coast this week!). So, if you can’t be somewhere warm and sunny, at least the internet is full of gorgeous pictures of flowers. What’s even better is that some of those stunning blooms can be incorporated into diy projects! Here are eight gorgeous flower projects to help you beat the winter blues:

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues1. Everyday Floral Brooch by Oh Joy!

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues2. DIY Floral Letters by Honestly Yum

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues3. Fresh Flower Framed Mirror by Paper & Stitch

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues4. DIY Dried Flower Coasters by The Crafted Life

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues5. Easy Flower Wall Art by Decorate with Flowers

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues6. Hanging Flower Installation by Sugar and Cloth

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues7. DIY Bike Basket by The Merry Thought

8 Must-Try Floral DIYS to Beat the Winter Blues8. DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case via Etsy Blog

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DIY Marble Dipped Vase

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: glass bottle, nail polish, toothpick, bowl, water

DIY Marble Dipped Vase

As if you didn’t know this by now, I’m sliiiightly addicted to turning old bottles into vases (see here and here). What can I say, I’m a craft-supplies hoarder. This was my first time experimenting with this marbling technique (I’ve marbled paper with shaving cream in the past), and although it wasn’t perfect right away, I’m now hooked! Have you ever tried marbling before? I’d love to know how it went!

Oh yes, and be sure to head over to Poppytalk to see the full marble dipped vase tutorial.

DIY Marble Dipped Vase

DIY Dried Flower Coasters

Time: 20 minutes + 24 hour dry time
Materials: wood slices, dried flowers, epoxy resin, wax paper

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

I know I’ve kept you in suspense since sharing how to press flowers, but today is the big reveal! This may just be my most time consuming project to date, but I think the wait was worth it. But then again, I may be biased on this one!

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)You can dry your own flowers following this tutorial (does take 4-6 weeks). The wood slices were cut from a dead tree branch then sanded. If you don’t have access to a saw and need to buy yours, try Etsy.
DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)I pressed my flowers for 6 weeks and am really happy with the way they turned out. For this project, you’ll want the flowers to be as flat as possible. The best results were achieved with the rose petals, hydrangea, and leaf. Continue reading…

How To Press Flowers

Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time
Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book

How To Press FlowersAs I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!

How To Press FlowersIt’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.

How To Press FlowersIf you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.

How To Press FlowersDepending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.

How To Press FlowersPlace flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.

How To Press FlowersPosition your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.

 

I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!