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4.19.2023

junky bloomz!

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'reduce reuse recycle' is the leitmotif of my design & decor approach...
i'd much rather use what i already have on hand here at home
than 'buy more, store more, discard more'.
by using what i have, i'm challenging my own creativity
and making my life easier by not having to wrangle more storage bins! 

as i was cleaning out a cabinet in my studio recently,
i stacked miscellaneous items on my worktable and floor.
as i turned to grab something to put it back in the cabinet,
i saw that some of the elements stacked together created a 'flower' of sorts...

and deb was off on a creative adventure!
(yes, i KNOW it's actually procrastination but just go with me here, ok?!!!)

continue reading to see how many different flowers i created with 'junk'!

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the flowers are simply layers of various items:
plastic party plates (2 sizes) . plastic lids from Costco M&M containers
Rescue Remedy metal tins . Motts applesauce jar lid . felt flower shapes (Dollar Tree)
...and one really weird item!

here's how i assembled those elements into flowers:
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large flower: large & small plastic plates + plastic lid + felt flower + Motts applesauce jar lid
medium flower: small plastic plate + plastic lid + felt flower + Rescue Remedy tin bottom
small flower: felt flower + Rescue Remedy tin top

all of those were simply glued in place with a few small drops of hot glue.

flower in a pot: small white container + base of a small 'potted plant' from Dollar Tree
+ felt flower + a yellow plastic cap from Febreze brand wall plug air fresheners!

i took the silk rose off of the base, then slipped the yellow cap onto the stem.
the center hole in the felt flower slid right over the cap to create a freestanding bloom!
i sat the tiny pot inside a white vase and topped it with yellow yarn.

NOTE: all of the elements i used here are very light weight.
if you choose to use larger or heavier elements to make flowers,
especially if you want them in your garden,
make sure you use a heavy-duty glue (Gorilla Glue) to hold them together.

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here they are in process on my work table, as i figured out how to layer the elements...
below, the final versions attached to a piece of scrap wood:
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once the flowers were attached, i added in some silk daffodil leaves
and wood rulers and a pencil as 'stems' to the composition.

then i had another idea...
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i took the flowers off of the wood backing and put them in a vase!
some yellow yarn filled up the vase, holding the stems in place:
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i actually like them better this way!
they'll cheer up my studio faux mantel for the next few months...
until i come up with new ideas for using those elements!

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thank you for featuring my project, Miss Donna! 


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5 comments:

  1. Super cute and yes we need to be more into it to reuse and not just toss it out.
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    1. thank you so much for your kind comment and invitation! i'll check it out!

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    2. Awesome, looking forward to your entries and hopefully weekly visits and participation

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  2. Oh how clever are these layers of gorgeous junky anythings, creating the most fab junk flower decor ever! Really pretty, Deb!

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    1. why thank you, my friend!!! i can just picture you making some with rusty old gears and lids and metal rulers! ;)

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