Summer is pouring it on hot and heavy here in Indiana after a much extended and chilly spring. The spring flowers have all but disappeared and our summer flowers are on the verge of bursting into bloom, but not quite yet.
I love filling all of the vases, pitchers, mason jars, and milk bottles in the house full of fresh flowers, when I can get them, but as you you can see, our summer flowers are teasing us. They are just about to burst into bloom, but I am impatient and have to find another alternative until they do! A couple of weeks ago I bought some flowers at the grocery store. They were pretty (a bit pricey) and filled the void for about a week. The next week my wonderful hubby pulled over on our way back from the youngest grandson’s t-ball game (watching 2-5 year olds play t-ball is hilarious btw!) and helped me pick wild flowers. They were gorgeous and smelled so good! They are gone now and I haven’t made it back to pick more.
So this weekend I broke down and bought some artificial flowers. I know what you’re saying!! No way! Never! Not those ugly plastic things in my house! I will tell you, those ugly plastic things will NEVER be brought into my house either! Artificial flowers have come a long way in the last years. the ones I always buy are the fabric ones. They are so realistic looking, from across the room you can’t tell the difference. Fabric artificial flowers can be pricey so finding them on sale is always a plus. Sometimes you can catch them on sale at Hobby Lobby, which is where I got mine. Now let me let you in on a secret to get the most for your money when buying artificial flowers.
Hobby Lobby had an entire isle on clearance at 50% off!!! I got these two bunches for $6.99 a piece! The trick to getting the most for your money is buying a single bunch, then cutting them into individual stems! Individual stems can range anywhere from $3.99 to $9.99 a piece depending on the type of flower you get, crazy right?!! I cut these 2 bunches into approximately 50 individual stems. That is about 7 1/2 cents per stem….what?!!
Now get a nice sharp set of wire cutters and start cutting your individual stems, for bunches that are wrapped with florist tape, make sure to pull the stem up and away to make sure you are getting the leaves that are attached. Cut them short, cut them long… you decide based on the container you’re going to put them in.
I put the white flowers in my mason jars and old milk bottles and placed them in this fabulous old carpenter’s box. Isn’t it just dandy?!!
I put the Lavender in these GREAT BOTTLES ( read all about them through that link) that the hubby rescued from a local hospital that had been abandoned when the new one was built and this cool vintage pitcher I got from a friend.
I did splurge on some single stems that I put in this cool old pickle jar I purchased from a local antique store.
So what do you think? Don’t they look real?!! Have I changed your mind about using artificial flowers in your home?
Until next time,