It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything on here! Things are starting to open up, but I personally won’t be hopping on a plane any time soon so I’ve been working on creating some different content here. During the initial shutdown starting in March, I thought I’d have all this free time and gave myself a few projects to work on to spark my creative side. Take a look at some of the things I got up to below and let me know if you’ve been able to work on anything!
I’ve found SO many things to do with floral arrangements at the end of their life span and wanted to round up some of the resources I found and share my experiences. I love bouquets of flowers but I don’t like how short a lifespan they have. So I did some research to figure out how to make them last way longer!
I used this blog post to make my own potpourri. I found that the large flowers needed to be fanned out/pressed to dry completely and I used it more for the look than the smell. I did not have the fixative which may be why my potpourri hasn’t stayed fragrant.
- Preheat the oven to 200F degrees and gather your supplies. I used a bouquet of flowers I received as a gift and a lemon that was on the end of its days.
- Prepare your flowers. Snip the stems and remove petals.
- Add in the oils and extras. I only had lavender essential oil and my condo smelled SO good for hours.
- Bake for 2 hours. You might need longer if you had large flowers. I found the roses were a bit too big to dry out completely so I ended up pulling off some leaves and fanning them out a bit more so they completely dried in the oven.
- Add in a fixative, more essential oils and mix the potpourri. I had a beautiful bowl from Iceland that I threw the potpourri in and it looks so pretty on my shelf.
I think I did this one backwards but I dried the flowers and then looked for inspiration for what to make. It would have been WAY easier to have an idea in mind and actually press the flowers into a frame instead of working with the dried petals. But, still fun!
Check out how creative this person is! I had the idea from a friend who had an artist press her wedding bouquet into art and thought I’d see what I could come up with.
Dried Floral Arrangements
I bought a few decorative vases a while ago and they are now filled with dried carnations and dried lavender and look wonderful! You want to make sure to dry your flowers upside down in a dark room for at least 3-5 days before arranging them in your vase.
Paint nights were really popular with my friends for a while but I also grew up doing arts and crafts with my family so this wasn’t a huge stretch for me to take up. I’m SO happy with my flamingos and there are tons of tutorials online for any type of paint style you might like to try.
I purchase my art supplies from Wallacks and they’re pretty fantastic! There are also tons of crafting supplies at local dollar stores which is a great, affordable way to try out a new hobby before investing in the best-of-the-best. The 40×40 inch canvas of flamingos took me about 20 hours of painting spread out over 5 weeks when I was in the mood to work on it.
Other COVID friendly art classes I’ve found are included below:
- Watercolour613 in Ottawa offers online watercolour tutorials. The lavender and bees were SO cute!
- Wallacks has a calendar of events
- Groupon always has fun ideas for your creative side
- Paint Nite is a classic!
I’m obsessed with propagating my succulents. So far there’s a tiny bit of progress and I can’t figure out if being home with them all the time was beneficial or not.
If you have some succulents that are getting leggy or could use a trim, keep the leaves and try propagating them. I picked these mini terra cotta pots and some cactus soil up from Amazon and I have this mister from Indigo that I use to mist the leaves every day.
Here are a few of the resources/blogs I used to help me get started.
- For the visual/audio learner (Youtube)
- For the reader like me I read the Succulent Box blog and Leaf & Clay blog.
Another hobby I love and have been doing since I was much younger and there are SO many resources for patterns or you can buy a kit. My sister actually made the pattern for the minions in excel and Michaels and Etsy have tons of kits and supplies for your needs.
There you have it! All the crafty ways I came up with to stay busy. Let me know how you love to be creative below!