What's a simple but creative way to use spring/summer flowers to make something beautiful?
Fresh flower footwear! How about some fresh pretty petals to decorate your toes. Yes – your toes! What a fabulous way to show off a new pedicure and the pretty flowers from your garden. Tie your flowers to your favorite sandals for the ultimate accessory. I've got a few really cute samples to show you. It is so easy too!
one of my favorite ways that flowers can be used as an art material is to create natural stained glass for your windows. this classic, simple art-venture involves many of the activities my daughter & i love most: being out in nature, collecting lovely petals and leaves, and melting crayons! just sandwich the flowers and crayons shavings between two sheets of wax paper and iron them together, then enjoy sunlight filtering through the colors. this idea is appropriate and stimulating to many different ages of children. [note that it requires adult participation for ironing.]
Decorate reused jam jars with twine, ribbon, doilies, or other scraps and whatnot you have on hand. Add a collection of backyard blooms and you have a no-cost bouquet in a custom vase. This is a simple way to take advantage of the season's abundant natural beauty. While the obvious choices are roses, peonies, and daylilies, consider wildflowers, herb cuttings, or even dandelions. Stick these bouquets in windowsills and on nightstands. Or give them as gifts! A sure way to brighten any home and life.
We recently made these as neighbor gifts. The little ones decorated jam jars and we filled them with our own backyard bouquets. See the fuller story by clicking on the link below.
One of our favorite ways to use flowers and other natural materials is to make construction paper sunprints. Lately my kids love to go on "nature walks" (we live in the suburbs, so I use the term "nature" loosely). On the walks we look for things with "interesting shapes" - flowers, different types of leaves, even rocks. We then tape everything to a DARK piece of construction paper and leave the paper in the sun for an entire day. In the evening, we have a "print" of the the various objects, so pretty. For more information, click on the post linked below.
Make "stained glass" with flower petals, from the talented Jean Van't Hul of The Artful Parent.
I love to cut mixed flowers; roses, peonies, wildflowers, wysteria; and arrange them loosely in different sized mason jars. The look is so fresh and country chic, it feels like you've brought summer right inside!