Turning your Dried-out Flowers into Crafts for the Family

Everyone loves flowers. They brighten any room and add an organic freshness that blends with your home’s décor. There are online companies out there like GlobalRose that offer a wide variety of flowers at wholesale prices. Some flowers last longer than others, but eventually all will dry out and get thrown away or tossed in a compost heap. But there are a number of crafts you and your family can enjoy that will keep the flowers out of the bin. Instead, they can be repurposed and given new life and continue to bring joy to your home as a table centerpiece.

Crafts with Roses to Brighten the Dining Room Table

Valentine’s Day is drawing ever closer, and your significant other will most likely get you roses. There are several crafts you can do with your kids once the roses have dried out. For starters, you can make decorative wreaths. Combining multi colors and textures of roses and other plant materials can be beautiful and offer a “country chic” look to your dining table. Any craft store will carry the wreath’s skeleton. All you need to do is fill in and arrange the materials. There are books at the craft store that can give you and your children ideas as to what elements to use, and how to arrange them. Make a small wreath and use it as a centerpiece for your table—simple stick a candle in the middle of it and let the wreath serve as a base.

As for candles, they are very easy to make and offer an ideal craft solution for dried, pressed flowers. Simply find some plastic stacking cups in your cupboard that get little to no use. You can use these cups as a mold. Melt wax into the cups and add your choice of color. For example, if you add a tiny bit of red, the candle will become pink. Then you can add any scent to the melted pink wax that will reflect its color, such as rose scent, apple blossom, or cherry blossom. Then stick the wicks in the middle of the molds. After these candles set remove them from the molds. Then take your pressed roses and heat up some more wax. Use a paintbrush to dab wax onto the backs of the roses to serve as glue and affix them to the candles. Once the roses have been sealed to the candles, dip them into the wax, fully submerged, to completely seal and protect them.

Homemade Candles Promote Safety

Making your own candles can be a safer alternative than buying them. In an article published by The Los Angeles Times, the author reports that burning candles could put enough lead into the air to endanger children under the age of six. The article goes on to inform readers that candles with lead can be identified by peeling back the cotton wick, exposing the metal and rubbing it on a white wall. A zinc wick will leave no trace, but a lead core will leave a gray mark. But in order to know if your candles are putting your young children at risk, you have to destroy your candles and potentially mark up your wall to find out.

Making your own candles will save you the time and piece of mind, are a cheaper alternative to buying them, and offer fun projects that you and your kids can do together.

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