Flowers are one of the more classic ways to show love. Whether your single or in a relationship, sometimes it's nice to show love to someone (even yourself) with flowers.

Show Love: A Repurposed Flower Bouquet

Show Love Anytime

Flowers are one of the more classic ways to show love. Whether you are single or in a relationship, sometimes it’s nice to show love to someone (even yourself) with flowers.  Through this DIY, you can show love to yourself, a significant other and even to the environment, as we repurpose many of the the materials in this project.

Flowers are one of the more classic ways to show love. Whether your single or in a relationship, sometimes it's nice to show love to someone (even yourself) with flowers.

Materials Needed:

Stiff Paper
Wire
Wire cutters
Ribbon
Hot glue gun

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Step 1: Cut

Cut five sizes of petal ranging from 3/4 inch wide to 3 inches wide. Also, for each flower cut a 2 1/2 inch long petal with a rounded tip for the coiled center of the rose.  I recommend cutting freehand, so each petal has its own shape. Cut these petals with an arch. You’ll need at least four petals for each size.

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Step 2: Roll

Using the wire, toothpick or some other thin, rounded device to roll the edges of each petal. Pinch the base slightly. Each one can be done a little differently to give the petals character and roundness.

Step 3: Start with the Center

Start with the 2 1/2 inch rounded petal. Roll it up into a tube to create its basic shape. Unroll it and run a bead of hot glue along the inside and re-roll it around the end of your wire. Another dot of glue will hold it in place.

Step 3: Start with the 2 1/2 inch rounded petal. Roll it up into a tube to create its basic shape. Unroll it and run a bead of hot glue along the inside and re-roll it around the end of your wire. Another dot of glue will hold it in place.

Step 4: Attach the Petals

Start attaching the smallest petals. Use a single dot of glue, about ¼ inch from the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem.  Continue adding the small petals, rotating the stem as you go, always slightly overlapping the last petal you attached. As you begin adding larger petals pinch the bases, rounding out the rose, and creating space between layers.

Step 5: Finish

Cover your final seams and create a nice polished look with a piece of ribbon. Cut two – 4 inch lengths of ribbon for each flower. Wrap them around the stem and secure to the undersides of the petals. Cut a ‘V’ into each end of the ribbons to finish.

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Repurposed Vase

So we made our repurposed flowers and then realized we needed something to put them in. We got a couple of glasses from the thrift store to complete our Valentine’s display.

Materials Needed:

Glasses
Cleaning Solution (Clean Slate or Simply Green)
One-Step Paint
Brush
Gilding Size
Imitation Gold Leaf

Materials Needed: Glasses, Cleaning Solution (Clean Slate or Simply Green), One-Step Paint Brush, Gilding Size and Imitation Gold Leaf

Step 1: Clean

Wipe the dirt and grime from the glasses using Amy Howard’s Clean Slate. If you don’t have that on hand, use properly diluted Simply Green and then wipe with a wet rag to remove any remaining surfactants.

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Step 2: Tape

Using the painters tape, tape whatever kind of design you would like on to the glass. We went with a simple stripe at varying levels.

Step 3: Paint

Using Amy Howard One-Step Paint, you can add color to your piece. We’ve found that if you paint down from the tape line, as opposed to up, you’ll get that clean line.

Using Amy Howard One-Step Paint, you can add color to your piece. We've found that if you paint down from the tape line, as opposed to up, you'll get that clean line.

Step 4: Add Gold leaf

We used Gold leaf, but there are silver options.

Once your One-Step paint has dried, it’s time to add the finishing touch. Take the gilding size and cover the area you’d like to finish. Once the gilding size is dry lay down your gold leaf. If the size is still wet it will not dry under the leaf and the leaf will come off.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because you’ll brush off any imperfections. Lay down as many leaves as you need to cover the design area.

Once your One-Step paint has dried, it's time to add the finishing touch. Take the gilding size and cover the area you'd like to finish. Lay down your leaf on the wet gilding size. It doesn't have to be perfect because you'll brush off any imperfections. Lay down as many leaves as you need to cover the designated area.

Step 5: Brush

Once the gold leaf is laid out, swiftly move the brush back and forth in a crisscross pattern and remove any extra, unattached gold leaf.

Once the gold leaf is laid out, swiftly move the brush back and forth in a crisscross pattern and remove any extra, unattached gold leaf.

Step 6: Peel and Enjoy!

Once your pleased with the look of your vase, peel off the tape and enjoy your free gift to yourself or your significant other!  This vase will be hand wash only.

Step 6: Peel and Enjoy! Once your pleased with the look of your vase, peel of the tape and enjoy your maintenance free gift to yourself or your significant other!

And there you have it. These repurposed flowers and vase will show you love all year long!

Show Love: Repurposed Flower Bouquet Completed Vase

 

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A Sign of Christ’s Love For Us

Christ’s Love for us

When we talk about the subject of Love, I am drawn to one topic, Christ’s love for us. The love God has shown us by sending His son, Jesus.  It may seem strange to you that I associate that with DIY, so let me try and explain.

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I like to pick up curbside finds and bring them home.  You can often see how they need work and care to make them useful again.  For my example today, look at this rocking chair that I picked up at a garage sale.  It needs some work and as a drove it home it literally began falling to pieces in my truck.  I could hear the boards falling off and hitting the bed of my truck. 

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If we are honest, I think most of us have had periods of time in our life when we felt that way.  When we felt like our life was coming apart at the seams.  I know for me it happened when I was working a high stress job being on call 24/7.  It felt like everyone who supported me was leaving one by one and I wasn’t sure I could hold all the pieces together.

Seeing the Imperfections

When I rescue a piece of furniture and take time to look it over, I see all of the dents and dings, the areas where the daily stresses of life have placed its marks upon the life of that furniture.  This old wood rocking chair has seen the elements. It has been drained of all it’s moisture and strength due to the weather.  The wood has shrunk causing the joints to fail and causing the individual parts to fall away from each other.

Isn’t that what happens to us.  As we deal with the stress, hurts, bruises and pain of life we pull away from others.  But what I have found is that it is only thru Christ’s love and the love of others that we can weather the storm.  Just like the chair we survive better with help.

As I work on the rocking chair, I apply Furniture Tonic to help replace the oil and moisture that the weather has drained from the wood.  These oils work, nourishing the natural fibers of the wood helping give it renewed life.  

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Being Renewed

Think about that, that’s what Christ’s love for us wants to do for you and me.  When life is hard and draining, sapping me of all my energy, Christ is there every day, waiting to renew me and rescue me from the cares of the world.  All that I have to do is seek Him, spend time with Him, studying His word and in prayer.  Just as the Psalmist wrote, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3

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Another inspiring thing about working with lumber is creating useful and beautiful pieces from small scraps.  Pieces that so many overlook and throw away.  Therefore, took some scrap lumber and created this frame and picture backing. 

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Kayla then designed a stencil with the scripture verse and we painted it on the rustic looking boards.

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It reminds me of the times in life that I felt useless or unusable.  You have probably been there.  Maybe things just aren’t going right; others are being successful and you still struggle.  Maybe a family member or friend is ill and you just can’t seem to find a way to help.  Maybe you’re the one who is ill.  Maybe it is your marriage.  The list could go on and on. 

Christ’s Love Can Replenish Us

Christ’s love for us can guide us through those struggles. God is there and He can and will do amazing things for us and through us.  But we must be willing to listen to His voice.  “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11: 28-30

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Sharing Christ’s Love with Others

When it comes to love, think of your friends and family.  How you can be there for them through the good, the bad and the ugly.  Think of those in your community who are hurting and in need.  I know that I can’t fix every piece of furniture I see; I don’t have the time or the resources.  We can’t solve every problem in the world. 

But with God’s help I can help those I encounter each day.  Those who need to know His love.  You can point them to the One who can rescue and restore their life. 

Most of all, I would ask you to accept the challenge of bringing beauty to the world, not just through DIY but by caring for others?  You will be surprised how helping someone else will change your life more than theirs. 

One of my favorite verses says “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:2.  When I reach out to help others it many times seems crazy but in the end it is wonderful.

If you have a prayer request, send us a message through the comment page.  We would appreciate the opportunity to pray for you.

Check out what these other bloggers have to say about their lovely activities!

Affordable Valentine Gift Ideas – House of Fauci’s
Why I Love Helping Others– Ever Change Productions

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A Lamp Makeover: Shining New Light on an Old Lamp

What better way to celebrate a new year than to give a lamp makeover? At Curbside Overhaul, we see repurposing as a metaphor for the hope in life. See, a lamp makeover doesn’t have to be just about the lamp, it’s about taking charge of your life and changing what doesn’t suit you. It’s all about new beginnings. Endings can be dark and sad, but they don’t have to be. New beginnings come in all shapes, but taking charge of those beginnings can really brighten up your life. We might not always be happy with ourselves, but we have the power, creativity, ability to change our circumstances. We can also do this with any piece of furniture or home decor that doesn’t quite fit.

We are excited to showcase our latest lamp makeover and New Year's project! There is always another way to benefit from shining new light on an old lamp.

Repurposing is a sure way to brighten up any future. In the case of this lamp makeover, you are saving these parts from the landfill. You also saving yourself money that you can invest other ways. Maybe the most important thing in our minds is that it also gives you an creative outlet. A lot of people tell us they’re not creative, but what is there to be worried about with an old piece you were going to throw out anyway.

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We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations with our Picture Frame Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

DIY Decorations: Picture Perfect Wreath

Christmas DIY Decorations

We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations. Our last post featured decorations made from leftover project materials or stuff we had around the house. This week, we continue the same theme with our Picture Frame Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations with our Picture Frame Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

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Christmas time can be expensive but with these homemade Christmas decorations made with materials around the house, you can be festive even on a budget.

Homemade Christmas: DIY Decorations from Around the House

Our Homemade Christmas

I’m super excited because we have not one, not two, not even three, but four homemade Christmas decoration ideas to share with you today. Many of these homemade Christmas decorations can be made with the future in mind, so you can use them all year long. Another great thing about these projects is we tried to use things most people might have leftover from a different project or lying around their house. Most of these projects don’t require too much paint either, so if you have a little left in a jar or can, these are perfect to help you finish it off.

So let’s get started!

Christmas time can be expensive but with these homemade Christmas decorations made with materials around the house, you can be festive even on a budget.

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