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4.19.2024

vintage floral jewelry 'posie pots'

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the old saying is 'April showers bring May flowers'...
but i'm ready for flowers NOW!

i call these 'posie pots', and the idea for them bloomed
when one of my memories met with a few images on Instagram - 
i'm sharing those sources in the post below, and a tutorial
so you can make your own spring decor or maybe a Mother's Day gift
 from vintage enamel floral pins!

continue reading for all of the details...

dwk

this project was inspired by my memories of the happy, colorful enamel pins
that i admired in my Mom's costume jewelry box when i was a kid,
and by two creative powerhouses on Instagram:
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i follow marvelous 'Magpie Ethel' on IG,
and she decorates her home for spring with her HUGE collection of
vintage enamel pins - along with mini flower pots!

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Ruth found THE TREASURE of a LIFETIME at an estate sale:
boxes of 'new old stock' (brand new condition, unsold) VINTAGE PINS!
this photo certainly stopped my scroll on IG - 
and she says this is less than a quarter of what she bought! 

i've picked up a few enamel flower pins and earrings over the past decade,
including two new green ones at a recent vintage show in Palm Springs:
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(the newest ones are at the bottom)
i decided to put them to work creating my own version of 'Ethel's' flower pot decor...
here's how i did it!

TUTORIAL:
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MATERIALS:
small clay pots . floral foam . moss 
a sharp edge to cut the floral foam

METHOD:
i had seven floral pins to use, but two were small earrings and would be in the same pot -
so i prepped six tiny clay pots (from Dollar Tree) for this project.

● cut a square/wedge of floral foam (also from Dollar Tree) to fit into each pot.
i use a metal ruler as a cutting blade - it slides through the foam like butter!
press the foam down firmly into the pots.

● add some preserved moss to the top of each pot - mine isn't glued,
but a few drops of tacky or hot glue would work.

next up: prep the jewelry!
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MATERIALS:
wood skewers . paint pens or paint . hot glue or tacky glue

METHOD:
i had one old dangle earring that was made up of metal leaf shapes...
i disassembled it so that the leaves could be used on several flower stems.

● after the leaves were separated, 
i used alcohol art pens in 2 green tones to color the gold metal.

● i used the same pens to quickly color some wood skewers (@6")
that will become flower stems.

● since all of the jewelry i am using had clips or pins on the reverse,
it was easy to push/wedge a skewer into each one.
if your jewelry is missing the backing,
a drop or two of hot glue will hold them securely to the skewer.
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● next, simply push a skewer with flower on it into the foam in each pot -
one pot has two skewers with the two small earrings on stems.
one pin already had a stem as part of the jewelry,
so i just pushed that stem end into the foam. (you could glue them in place, too)

●  i then added the metal leaves to several stems with a drop of hot glue -
they show up best on the stems of the smaller flower pins/earrings.
the largest flower pin and the pin that already has a stem didn't get leaves. 

a closer look at the final details:
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here you can see all of the green flowers, gathered together on a clay saucer
and accented with more preserved moss.

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the white earring flowers show up best with green behind them!

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just looking at these happy posie pots in my studio makes me smile!
and isn't that what our homes SHOULD do?

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shared online:

funky junk interiors | new upcycle projects #723
thank you for including my project in your feature, Donna!

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2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness... your jewelry flowers are precious! Such a unique way to display and appreciate the good 'ol stuff!

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    1. thank you, Donna! i do LOVE the good ol' stuff! (most days i FEEL like ol' stuff.... sigh!)

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