Melissa (dotmeister) wrote in oldfashionways,
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Nature Crafts

1. When making dried flower arrangements, be creative about the containers you use. You can use anything that will hold the flowers including a dump truck, football helmet, old watering can, china cup, basket or anything that suits your fancy.

2. Save your old phone book and use it to press flowers and pretty leaves for decorating items around the house. Just open the phone book, lay the flower or leaf flat on a page and close the book. They will be dry in about a week, then you can put them in/on frames, cards or use them to decoupage items such as candles or paper boxes. Most any flower can be pressed, but the flatter ones such as pansies work the best. You can also separate petals and press them individually.

3. To decoupage, you can add water to white glue until it's the consistency of cream. Brush this solution on the item you are decoupaging, carefully put the flower on, then very carefully brush on a top coat of the glue solution. Let dry and add another coat if necessary. If you want to make a design of flowers and leaves, be sure to lay it out first to find the best look. You can also add pressed flowers to pictures of the family, or other pictures in frames. When putting into frames, you can use decorative paper to mount the flowers onto, then frame.

4. For a shaped (heart, square, oval) grapevine wreath, bend florist wire into the desired shape then weave fresh grapevine around it until you get the look you want. Be sure to put more vine on than you think is necessary because the vine shrinks a lot as it dries. Lay the wreath on newspaper until is thoroughly dry.
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