Turn Grocery Store Flowers Into a Stunning Arrangement

I’ve finally learned the secret to arranging grocery store flowers into a stunning arrangement and I’m sharing it with you!

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Arranging flowers has always perplexed me. For the life of me I could not figure out how to make my flowers look like anything but a bunch of flowers stuck in a vase.

You know what I’m talking about, right?

But I’ve unearthed the secret to bright, full arrangements that look professionally done.

No more sad bouquets. Nope. We are all about to become flower arranging ninjas.

Just FYI, I picked up this bouquet from Costco. I tend to buy my flowers there because of the price, and as I talked about here, their roses are Rainforest Alliance certified.

Let’s start with the basics for any flower arrangements.

Basic Rules for Arranging Grocery Store Flowers

  • Start by stripping all the leaves from flower stems. Once a leaf touches water, it rots quickly.
  • Select a vase where the top is wider than the bottom.
  • When selecting your bouquet, pick one that has 2 to 3 of the same kind of flowers that stand out to your eye and that will form the center of your arrangement.
  • The height of your final arrangement should be one and one half times the height of the vase.
  • Don’t overthink it! Just play with height and color.
  • Once you’ve built your arrangement, be sure to change the water every other day.
  • Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight to prolong it’s life.

Arrangement Tutorial

Take the vase you have selected and use scotch or wasabi tape to section off the top as in the picture below.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Once you’ve prepped your vase, start with any pieces of greenery and stick them in the outermost sections.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Find the flowers that are the most prominent in shape and color. In this bouquet it was the bright pink gerber daisies. Cut the dominant flowers to different heights and add them to the center square of the tape shape you made.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Start to fill in with the other flowers starting with the highest impact flowers and building outward. Use the tape squares. Add flowers so they are evenly distributed amongst the squares.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Continue to arrange flowers until you like what you see!

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

The final arrangement! Ta-Da! Having the tape grid at the top of the vase really does help in placing the flowers in different sections. Selecting a vase with a wide top gives the arrangement width.

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

It really is that easy. If you use washi tape like I did, you will probably want to remove it. Scotch tape is better camouflaged by the flowers.

Before and After

How to make stunning arrangements with grocery store flowers. Once you learn the simple trick, you'll find your flower arrangements look professionally done.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

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2 Ingredient Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

A homemade silly putty recipe that needs just 2 ingredients.
Two Ingredient Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Kids driving you crazy?

Why not try a little science experiment at home? With two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, you can make homemade silly putty.

A lot of this recipe depends on the kind of dish soap you have at home. Some brands just plain work better than others.

The only way you’ll know how yours works is to give it a go.

After we made our silly putty and played with it for a bit, I put it in a sealed container and kept it next to the sink. For the next few days, we used it to wash our hands with! That proved to be almost more fun than playing with the silly putty. It definitely encouraged hand washing.

Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 cup non-GMO cornstarch <— I use this brand
3 tablespoons dish soap

Stir these two ingredients together then start kneading them with your hands.

That’s it! You now have your own homemade silly putty.

I threw together a quick 30 second video so you can see exactly how this recipe is supposed to work.

Can’t see the video? Watch it here.

While this recipe produces a silly putty that can stretch and mold into shapes, I tried to use it to lift images off newspaper and it did not work. I was a little bummed about that because that was my favorite part of playing with silly putty as a kid.

However, my kids had never played with silly putty before, so to them, the fact that these two ingredients formed something that could stretch and shrink and ball up…was fun enough.

Did you play with silly putty as a kid?

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How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars

How to remove candle wax from glass jars so you can reuse them.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

Mrs. Meyer’s candles are my total favorite. Love, love, love them!

As I’ve mentioned before, I wait all year for the holiday scents – and in particular, the orange clove candles – to arrive.

Every season I buy at least 3 or 4 and I burn them throughout the holiday season.

Once the candles are down to the wick, with very little wax remaining, I like to remove the candle wax so I can reuse the jars.

If you’ve never purchased a Mrs. Meyer’s candle before, the jars are a pretty shape, and the lid screws on tight. They are perfect for upcycling!

Removing the wax from a glass candle jar is actually quite easy.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars

Start by placing the jar in the freezer. Allow the candle wax to freeze for at least 30 minutes.

Next, use a sharp knife to crack the wax.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

Once you’ve cracked the wax and broken it up a bit with your knife, use a spoon or butter knife to pry the wax out.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

The wick may still be stuck to the bottom of the jar, and there will be some wax left clinging to the sides.

Make sure your jar has come to room temperature (if the jar is too cold, it will break!) and pour in boiling water.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

The boiling water should remove the wick and the remaining wax.

I like to stick my jars in the dishwasher just to get them thoroughly clean.

Voila! Your jars are now ready to use.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

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Who Else Wants a Personal Shopper?

Sitch-Fix-Logo

After hearing about Stitch Fix from a friend, I finally decided to give it a go. I’m not sure what took me so long. I mean, who doesn’t want a personal shopper?

In case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it is an online personal shopping service. You fill out a style profile, give them your sizes, and select the budget range for your clothing items. You can even provide them with a link to a Pinterest board! (Here’s Mine)

Stitches can come as often as you like. I only get a box quarterly – when the seasons change.

Of course, I had some very particular requirements for my boxes. I wanted clothing in eco-friendly materials, and I didn’t want to have to search through a whole store to find them. I was able to specify the fabrics I like to wear on my Stitch Profile.  You can see my first stitch here.

I am not known for being stylish. Far from it. Which is why Stitch Fix has become such a great service for me.

Not only does my stylist find pieces in the eco friendly materials I request, I get style cards with each piece that tells me how to wear them. Winning!

Stitch Fix Cards

Believe it or not, Stitch Fix has saved me money. I don’t spend time in the mall or at the stores where I’m tempted to purchase more than my budget.

Plus, I’ve set my stitches to quarterly, so I’m only getting a few fresh pieces to update my wardrobe seasonally.

Since I’ve been receiving my stitches, I’ve become more stylish. I actually tape my stitch fashion cards up in my closet. I refer to them whenever I’m at a loss for “What to Wear???”

Finally, I love it because it is sooooo unbelievably convenient. I get the box at home where I can try on the clothes in the privacy of my bedroom. I can also see if the piece will mix and match with the clothing I already have in my wardrobe.

My stitches just keep getting better over time. I’ve found my stylist has really listened to the feedback I’ve provided and it has helped me update my wardrobe with pieces I will actually wear.

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix for yourself, you can sign up for your personal stylist here.

Stitch Fix Box

I’d love to hear how this service works for you – and maybe even see a picture or two!

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20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Medicine Bottles

20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Medicine Bottles

Do you already upcycle medicine bottles? They make fantastic storage containers for household items. Not to mention they are a great way to store things small things like stamps, coins and vitamins in your purse.

The childproof caps mean you can store little things that could pose a choking hazard in a safe manner.

Really, the upcycling possibilities are endless. I’ve rounded up some of the best suggestions for you!

Upcycle Medicine Bottles Projects

Bamboo Vase from Mich in L.A.
Bobby Pin Storage Case from I Heart Organizing
Coin Holder from WDW Prep School
Craft Storage from DIY Inspired
Fire Starters from Mom with a Prep
Jewelry from Lilac POP
Lamp from Instructables
Makeup Holders from Laura Thoughts
Survival Kit from Survival at Home
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Nail Polish Removal Trick from Who Knew? Tips
Piping Tip Storage Container from The Bear Foot Baker
Prescription for Love from Cook, Bake, and Decorate
Rainbow Crayons from Momtastic
Seed Storage from Slightly Steady
Sewing Kit from Clip with Purpose
Shampoo Travel Container from The Beauty Blog
Snowman from Crafting a Green World
Storing Rings from DIY Inspired
Tooth Holder from About Home
Treasure Box from In My Own Style
Mini Survival Kit from One Good Thing by Jillee

What are your suggestions to upcycle medicine bottles?

Do you enjoy upcycling? My favorite upcycle has been to upcycle glass bottles into a garden border.

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20 Fun Ways to Upcycle Honey Bottles

20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Honey Bottles. Those cute bears make for darling projects!
20 Fun Ways to Upcycle Honey Bottles

I love to buy my honey in the cute little bear shaped bottles.

But, with as much honey as we use (love it in hot tea!), it makes sense to buy a bigger bottle. So I’ve actually taken to buying a jug of honey and using it to refill the same bear. And yes, that is a sticky project!

However, once I started seeing all the cute honey bottle upcycle ideas on Pinterest, I decided I need to buy more honey bears!

If you also enjoy the cute little bear honey bottles, you must check out these 20 fun ways to upcycle them!

Baby Shower Invites from From Glitter to Gumdrops
Beararium from Rancho Cocoa
Button Container from Capture the Details
Honey Bear Bubble Favors from Katarina’s Paperie
Honey Bear Book Ends from Pretty Providence
Honey Bear Bottle Lamp  from The Pink Doormat
Honey Bear Candy Favors from Sweet Eye Candy Creations
Honey Bear Center Piece from Ruffled Blog

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Beary Sweet Valentine from Lolly Jane
Honey Bear Concrete Vase from Shelterness
Honey Bear Frosting Dispenser from Blah to Tada
Honey Bear Makeup Container from Woods of Bell Trees
Honey Bear Sensory Bottle from The Pleasantest Thing
Honey Bear Soap Dispenser from Ginger Snaps
Honey Bear Summer Sipper from Urban Flowerpot

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Honey Bear Chalk Paint from Smart School House
Honey Bear Vase from Michaels
Gummy Bear Favors from Bliss Bloom Blog
Gummy Bear Juice from Make Bake Celebrate
Snow Cone Syrup Holders from Blah to Tada

If you are into upcycle projects, I love this project to Upcycle Glass Bottles

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20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

The next time you empty a wine bottle, save it! There are so many awesome projects to upcycle wine bottles!

Really, there is no need to empty the wine bottle yourself. If you aren’t a drinker, you can ask at any restaurant if they would be willing to let you take some empty wine bottles home.

I’ve gotten to the point where I will actually buy wine based on the color of the bottle! Sometimes I want a green tinged bottle, sometimes clear glass works best for the projects I have in mind.

Check out all the awesome ways you can upcycle wine bottles:

Beach Bottles from Carolyn’s Homework
Bees Wax Candles from Happy Hour Projects
Book Page Bottles from The Wicker House
Dish Soap Dispenser from Living Well Spending Less
Gilded Bottles from a A Subtle Revelry
Holiday Centerpiece from The Preppy Planner
Hummingbird Feeder from The Chilly Dog
Lamp from Turning the Clock Back
Ribbon Wine Bottles from The Real Thing with the Coake family
Wine Bottles Upcycled into Tiki Torches
Tiki Torches from The Arm Chair Sommelier
Self Watering Planter from Cheap Crafts
Silver Vase from Style Sidebar
Sun Catchers from Condo Blues
Terrariums from Saved By Love Creations
Twine Wrapped Vases from View from the Fridge
Wedding Table Numbers from Sew Much Sunshine
Wind Chime from RecyclArt
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder from Down Home Inspiration
Wine Bottle Jewelry Display from Protea Wines
Wine Bottle Trays from Home Talk

My favorite project is to Upcycle Glass Bottles into a Garden Border. I always get lots of comments on this border. So pretty. So simple. So unique!

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