In our ever-growing quest to “go green” and help preserve the planet, it is becoming more and more popular to take nothing and make it into something. Often, the most ordinary things in life have the potential to become the most extraordinary—all it takes is a little bit of creativity and ingenuity. That goes for floral design, too.
Michelle Virtue, from BYU Campus Craft and Floral gives some ideas on how to take things that might be thrown away, and turn them into part of your floral design.
Before you thoughtlessly toss something in the trash, imagine what it can become. Ask youself—how can I make this into something useful AND beautiful. The world of flowers is the perfect venue to test your trash to treasure creativity.
Here are four inspiring techniques to help you get started:
1. Cover your trash with fresh foliage. We love to use tropical leaves (ti, monstera, salal, etc.) to camoflauge unsightly lables, inexpensive paper/plastic cups, or empty dairy jugs. These make amazing floral containers!
2. Use paper products to decorate and spruce up empty cans or freshly cut stems. Newpaper and basic brown craft paper that might otherwise be tossed aside are amazing neurtrals in floral design. Try paper folding and play with texture to create conversation pieces. Decorative scrapbooking paper scraps, foil, cellophane, tissue or used gift wrap are also excellent ways to conserve and reuse.
3. Raid your sewing closet! Extra pieces of ribbon or fabric from past projects make wonderful floral accessories. Buttons, zippers, jute, raffia and all the trimmings.
4. Transform previously used glass with paint. Oh, the possibilities are endless. Just clean and dry any shape or size of glass. Soda bottles and baby food jars are SO fun to play with. We recommend priming them and then spraying whatever color you choose. We used Valspar brand primer and Krylon Indoor/Outdoor in their Blue Ocean Breeze.
You can always find great floral ideas at BYU Campus Craft and Floral, on the BYU campus. You can find them online at http://www.campuscraftfloral.com/