Vintage Greeting Card Flower Faux-quet

Vintage Greeting Card Flower Faux-quet

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.

Wire photo holder to be repurposed as flower bouquet using vintage greeting card by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The impulse purchase that started it all…

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.

Wire photo holder to be repurposed as flower bouquet using vintage greeting card by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s gather some cards…

I supplemented by card supply from Etsy and swooned over the pretty florals in their classic mid-century designs.

Vintage floral greeting cards to be repurposed as a flower bouquet using a wire photo holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So very pretty!

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.

Much stemmier!

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”.

Vintage floral greeting cards repurposed as flower display using a wire photo or card holder from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yes…I’m liking this…

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!

Vintage floral greeting cards repurposed as flower display using a wire photo or card holder from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love!! It’ll never wilt!

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!!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Vintage floral greeting cards repurposed as flower display using a wire photo or card holder from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I hear what you are saying 🙂 Glad you had the guts to show this faux-quet off! I love it! Very beautiful and you don’t have to worry about it wilting or dying!

  2. I have one of those in a silver metal and love this idea!! Now I have to find cards with flowers and make my own bouquet. Thanks!

  3. This is so lovely!! You picture didn’t show on the actual link party…I hope people still stop by to see this beauty!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I have Pinned this too!! Don’t forget to come back next week and share some more!! I love having you!

  4. I would never have thought of this, but it looks amazing.

  5. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.
    ~Bonnie

  6. This is a super cute idea!! It looks great 🙂 Thank you so much for attending week 19 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our next party, Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!
    Nicole

  7. What a great idea!! Absolutely love it and definitely have to try that myself!

    All the best wishes from Vienna, Austria
    Steffi
    tulipandlily.blogspot.com

  8. It is just lovely! The colors are fantastic and the jade green is perfect.

  9. This is such a great idea! I have so many of these vintage cards from my Grandmother. This would be a great way to show them off.

    Thanks for linking up over at the Ladies Collective Linkup. Sure hope we’ll see you back next week 😀

    Stephanie @ http://www.mommyzoid.ca

  10. This is genius! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  11. Such a wonderful idea to add a touch of spring to any room! Thank you for linking up to Idea Box link party!

  12. jann Olson says:

    Love this idea! I have used that jade spray paint on the bottom of an old Maytag washer that I planted and love the color. Gave that holder such a vintage feel! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  13. Very creative. Came to your website via “Funky Junk Interiors” on FB.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Lorrie- I really appreciate that! If you’re into upcycling projects using vintage treasures and thrifted finds, you’ll enjoy my website! Have a great weekend!

  14. this is so creative! It’s adorable!
    Jenna

  15. I just passed on one of these at the thrift shop the other day, now I could just kick myself! lol

  16. This is so neat!! Wow! I need to look for one! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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