My email inbox is cluttered with messages from entirely too many flash sale sites – Fab, Ideeli, Zulily, etc. I have only ever bought one or two things, but I do like to see what they’ve got. I especially enjoy the home sites like One Kings Lane and Joss & Main; I mostly have my eye on chandeliers and accessories as my house is currently occupied by all the furniture it can handle.
Recently I have seen a lot of beautiful faux flower arrangements – for $150 and up! Holy cats! NOT a deal, especially when you can make your own for under $20.
You can find craft water in the floral section of your local craft store. The key to this whole operation is the flowers – cheap faux flowers can look super fake and cheesy. You are going to have to skip the dollar store and spend a little more on the right blooms at a craft store – look among the pricier flowers for ones that look as natural as possible (i.e., good texture, colors that actually appear in nature). Trust me, it’s worth it. I had the vase sitting in my closet already.
First step, after making sure your vase is clean, is to heat the craft water. Put it in a saucepan of water up to about 2/3 the height of the bottle, and bring it to a boil for about 20 minutes until the very thick gel becomes very runny.
While your craft water is heating up, trim your flowers to the length you want for your vase – and be careful! The tough stems can make for dangerous cutting; I once got five stitches in the fleshy part of my hand between the thumb and pointer finger trying to make a last-minute flower arrangement before a houseguest arrived. Nothing scares old people at Urgent Care quite like a sweaty, bleeding pregnant lady. I got treated first. 🙂
Carefully remove the bottle of craft water, pour out the boiling water, and sit your vase in the empty, but still warm saucepan for a few minutes. The residual heat will warm the glass. Pour in the craft water up to the level you want – do it quickly in one single pour in the middle of the vase so the gel is as even as possible and doesn’t slosh up the sides. Then place your flowers into the vase and let sit – be careful not to slosh or tip the vase while it sets, about 15-20 minutes.
Voilà! I took some of the large leaves from lower down the stem and glued them in among the flowers; I also used my craft glue to attach some of the flowers to each other just to make sure the arrangement didn’t have any gaps. Looks pretty good, right?