Happy Monday, I hope you had a great weekend. The weather has been great and I discovered a new favorite song. I later realized was just a Target ad for grapes, but I’m still loving it.
This week was a great example of the highs and lows of this experiment. At the high end, I put together a very cool piece of art that I would never have come up with (more to come on this later in the week). On the low end, fake flowers.
People, I hate fake flowers. You can call them “faux” if it makes you feel better, but it’s the same thing. And Hobby Lobby has rows and rows and rows of Fake Flowers. My two mandatory aisles based on the mean-spirited random number generator involved fake flower garlands and drafting materials.
I was too depressed to start with the flowers, so I wandered down the drafting aisle. In addition to T-squares and protractors, this aisle has stencils, lino-plates, and adhesive letters. I decided I wanted to use the adhesive letters for some sort of Valentine’s Day decoration.
I grabbed a garland of peach roses, a wicker hanging basket, and coordinating ribbon and headed home.
Lately the song “Home” has been the anthem for my relationship with my boyfriend. We both sing it around the house and get all googly-eyed when we hear it on a commercial. It’s pretty nauseating. I decided to incorporate some of the lyrics into this project.
Fake flower garland
Drafting adhesive 1/4″ letters
I used a pair of tweezers to help place the letters. The pack cam with a ton of letters (unlike scrapbooking stickers which come with a lot fewer at the same price) but they weren’t all well-cut so it was tough to peel them out. You can see in the pictures of the final product where I ran out of lowercase Ys and had to use capital letters.
Feel good about myself and wanting to still ignore the fake flowers, I told my boyfriend that I was going to stuff the fake flowers in the basket, wrap the ribbon around it, and call it a day.
“Hmm, I thought you were going to do more with it.”
Crap. He was right. Shoving plastic flowers into a basket wasn’t exactly transforming these materials, so I had to re-think my plan.
After trimming off the plastic leaves, I wrapped the floral garland into a circle and tightened the flowers to the ring. I then shaped it into a heart. I added a bow and the lyrical ribbons and hung it up.
At the end of the day, it’s still fake flowers. But I’m happy with the final version and I have many more aisles of plastic flowers to get more creative.