I will be perfectly honest with you- sometimes I start a project, or think of a project, and wonder if it’ll end up being too silly to post, or just ridiculously hokey to the point that no one else would want to recreate it.
That happened initially with this project- half way through, I had serious doubts.
But I’m so, SO glad I kept the faith and finished it, because I seriously love it- fantastically easy and the end result is so cheery, that you can’t help but smile instinctively when you see it. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So here’s how it came about- I hit another favorite local thrift shop (Red Ribbon Resale), and as the sweet lady was ringing up my purchases, I spied a wire card/photo holder for $2.00. On impulse I plucked it up and added it to my pile.
It reminded me of a dandelion sprouting up from a freshly mown lawn- its stems springing up, demanding to be noticed! And while I like dandelions- because I do- I prefer a rainbow of colors when it comes to flowers- and bouquets of fresh flowers aren’t something we can keep around the house. Cottonball will eat them all!
But an idea for the wire photo holder was forming…
I took a look at my stash of vintage greeting cards- used and unused- and picked out the prettiest flowers.
I supplemented by card supply from Etsy and swooned over the pretty florals in their classic mid-century designs.
But before I could go any further, I needed to paint the thrifted holder. I started with a light coat of metal primer (always Step #1 when painting anything metal), and then I spray-painted the holder in a pretty Jade Green. Believe it or not, this wasn’t my first choice- I wanted something Spring-ier, but I didn’t have a can in my stash!
But in the end, I am so glad I went with what I had- the color reminds me of the dusty green tulip leaves that my mother grew at my childhood home.
While the paint dried, I went to work on my greeting cards, carefully cutting out the flowers in a die-cut fashion (or as close as I could come to that!). Then, I started arranging them on their “stems”.
When all was said and done, with some arranging to maximize space and flower color, I ended up with a sweet, sweet flower bouquet. Wait…a flower FAUX-QUET!
This is seriously charming- so colorful, so friendly- a fresh pop of color on these dreary “it’s-not-Spring-yet” days. Just what I need to keep me smiling…
I did go overboard on the vintage greeting cards, so check out my Etsy shop if you’re looking for any for a project!!