It’s no secret that I adore springtime.
I love the bright vibrant green grasses and leaves springing up everywhere, but the floral show just does me in.
It’s been absolutely gorgeous here this year!
When your 18-year old texts you that the front yard looks really pretty…something good is going on because flowers and landscaping are hardly on the radar of an 18-year old guy.
At their peak, another teenage son commented how nice it would be if the bright pink and white azaleas would bloom all spring and summer long. Sadly, we only get to enjoy them for a few weeks, but I guess that what makes them special, huh?
And the bridal wreaths – their flowing stems dotted with delicate white flowers…there’s hardly a yard in our neighborhood without at least one. It’s a special favorite blooming shrub that Hannah and I have taken a photo together in front of every year since her birth.
If it’s blooming pink or white, it grabs me hard.
I’m simply a sucker for a pretty flower.
Floral, Floral Everywhere
Real won’t last forever, but faux does – at least for a very long time. Admittedly, it isn’t as amazing as the real thing, but it’s close enough to evoke the thrill of early spring – at any time of year.
And you know when you’ve got that zing going – that’s the best time to grab it.
I don’t know about you, but I find it nearly impossible to get excited about pumpkins and richly-colored leaves in March or all things Christmas in July.
That’s when I want sand between my toes and the glow of summer sun on my cheeks. I just can’t get the candy cane and mulled cider thing to work for me. At all.
So last week I made a run to Michael’s to check out their spring floral collection while I was fully enraptured by the joys of springtime. Bless their hearts for making it sweet on the wallet too with 60% off.
Of course, the pinks and whites were where I landed.
With such girly colors, I decided to make something to celebrate Hannah’s birthday, which dances beautifully around the beginning of spring. In fact, the day of her birth fell exactly on the first day of spring and Good Friday that year!
Next, I browsed through the wood section and found a basic, 3-photo frame, and with blooms in hand, headed to the craft paint aisle.
For the Love of Paint
Paint…I love it nearly as much as spring. 🙂
All those neatly-arranged little bottles, bursting with vibrant colors…maybe I’m weird, but just taking in all that rich and varied color is an inspiration of its own.
I finally settled on a single bottle of soft pink that closely matched the palest flowers and sadly left the rest behind – until another project prompts a trip again.
Let the Project Begin
First – that paint.
I wasn’t going for serious coverage, so a single coat worked just fine. The goal was to produce a background that would blend well with the flowers so that any areas that peeked through wouldn’t be bare wood.
A nice perk of using only a single coat is drying time. It doesn’t take long at all – about as long as it takes to pick the flowers off the stems.
I’d love to say the rest is a quick project.
But it isn’t.
It’s simple – but does take a while to individually glue each flower to the frame.
First, I stripped all the flowers off the stems,
then took a moment to adore my little pile of forever blooms.
If only the real ones could last as long.
So while I glued the flowers on one by one, I enjoyed some Spotify tunes and more than my fair share of chocolate-covered Craisins. (The Greek yogurt-covered variety are my favorite, but I had already demolished those the week before and had to settle for chocolate…)
About 15 minutes – and an embarrassing amount of chocolate-covered Craisins later – I had the top and one side finished. My only “method” was to try to mix the colors and bloom sizes somewhat evenly.
Wonder of all wonders, I ended up having enough time to get all of the blooms glued on in one session. But it’s a perfect Pocket Time project if it needs to be.
When I finally finished, it was hard to even tell there was a pink frame underneath, and the pink only showed through on the sides. But I liked the flowers all thick and bunchy.
I used 5 stems and had just a handful of blooms left when I finished, which was nice because a run back to Michael’s for another stem was not an appealing thought.
Who wants to stop and run to the store when you’re in a project groove?
Finally, I chose 3 pictures and honestly, that was the hardest part of the whole project.
How in the world do you choose just 3 pictures to capture 10 years of life?
I get all messed up when I look back on pictures of our kids, so I took a deep breath and just picked three that were easy to grab and print.
Then I almost cried because I remember so vividly holding that precious little helpless baby, who’s now a precious and capable girl who, among other things, can carry on the most intriguing conversations. How did 10 years pass so quickly?
But I know…
one fresh and blooming spring after another.
Want to Make your own DIY Floral Frame?
Here’s what you need:
- 1 branch – pink cherry blossoms
- 2 branches – pink mini flower stems
- 2 branches – white mini flower stems
- 3-photo 4 x 6 wood photo frame
- hot glue and gun
- craft paint (I used Deco Art’s Americana – Baby Pink)
- sponge brush
If you want to customize your frame, there’s lots of sizes and styles to choose from at Michael’s. Of course, you can also customize your floral and paint choices too.
Take the basic idea and make something that’s uniquely yours – and get a forever grab on spring!
Are you a spring fan? (and please do share if you have trouble with a full bag of Craisins too. I’d hate to know I’m all alone). 🙂
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