Make handicrafts– for Fun

Dry fresh flowers, and turn them into a lovely wreath.  The one below is made from dried larkspur and lemon leaves.  A secret of the pros is to cover fresh flowers in silica gel beads.  These little packets (which we get with shoes and other items we buy) absorb moisture in the air.  Open them up and place a layer of beads about one to two inches deep in an airtight container.  Carefully place flowers on top of the beads, and then gently sprinkle with loose beads until flowers are covered.  Close the container.  Take the flowers out after three to six days.  Dust off the beads and use the flowers to make a wreath or just display them.

Larkspur & Lemon Leaf Wreath

10 thoughts on “Make handicrafts– for Fun

  1. Friends, here are a couple of other ideas for items we usually toss, like those little silica gel packets–
    1) Plastic rings that hold soda cans or water bottles– take them to your closet and loop one ring over a hanger. The other five rings can hold scarves or belts.
    2) Use rubber bands to stop spoons from sliding. I’m referring to the problem of spoons slipping into mixing bowls. If you wrap a rubber band around the top of the handle, it will “stay put.”
    3). Use berry baskets as a mini-colander. It’s a perfect size to rinse off a few fruits or a child’s serving of pasta. It also works to keep flowers straight in a vase.

  2. Becky Greenwald

    Kathleen, I like using those plastic strawberry baskets as a suet holder for wild birds. You can use two, one on top of the other, to fill with suet.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Becky, I have a recipe for homemade suet– mix 1 cup peanut butter, a cup vegetable shortening, a half cup of shelled peanuts, a half cup of birdseed, and 1/2 cup corn kernels.

  4. Wade Coleman

    Here’s a use for rubber bands, the big kind you get around broccoli– You know that when you remove a nail with a hammer, you often get a dent in the wall. You won’t if you crisscross a couple of rubber bands around the hammer’s claw. This will protect your wall from damage.

  5. Janessa Breckenridge

    Thanks, Wade, cause I’m preparing walls for painting. Your tip really helps. It’s easier to fill a nail hole than a great big dent with spackle.

  6. Reba Studebaker

    I re-use strawberry baskets all the time. I store salt, pepper, and other seasonings in one. That way, I don’t have to search when guests come over. Believe me, it’s a time saver.

  7. Wade Coleman

    I’ve got another one– the cardboard container that comes with beer bottles. It’s perfect for holding odds and ends for kids in the car. For our baby, various compartments holds a pamper, a binky, a water bottle, bib, etc.

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