Do you remember the first time you were sent flowers? I bet most of us do because it usually marks a significant time or occasion. For me, it was from my husband before we were married. We had been dating about 3 months and I was going through a stressful time at work. I worked in Accounting for a large real estate firm and had been working on a huge budget with a tight deadline.
About 5 days in, I was sequestered in my office crunching numbers when there was a knock at my door. My secretary opened the door and came in with this huge bouquet of gorgeous spring flowers. The note said “This too shall pass. I love you.” It was the first time he had said those three magical words! I cannot put into words how that bouquet changed my whole attitude! And that feeling has stuck with me all these years.
A Floral Bouquet Can Change Your Whole Day
I love fresh flowers but I do not have a green thumb. So instead of picking flowers from my back yard, I buy mine instead. I love to have fresh flowers in my home and I love to send them as well. I have ordered flowers in the past with disappointing results. It is so frustrating and embarrassing to have flowers sent to someone and they break the news that the arrangement is poorly put together or are half dead. So now, I am VERY picky about where I order flowers from.
Last year, my daughter had knee surgery for a torn ACL. She was in a lot of pain and therapy proved difficult. I wanted to lift her spirits, so I ordered a dozen roses from ProFlowers, an FTD company. The moment they were delivered, she called to tell me how pretty they were and how much they brightened her day. With ProFlowers, I know my flowers will always be just as I expect them to be; on time, well packaged and absolutely stunning!
ProFlowers For Any Occasion
We always have a small get together for the 4th of July. My husband will man the grill, the kids will get some outdoor games ready and I am in charge of the rest. I want my table to be special, so that means creating a visually striking centerpiece. I wanted to have fresh flowers on the table and make vase that would reflect the holiday. I decided to make DIY Patriotic Fabric Mason Jars. This craft is cheap and easy and delivers on its visual impact. Each vase will cost less than $5 to make, which fits perfectly into my budget!
With ProFlowers, they love a good celebration as much as I do! Being a USA company, ProFlowers proudly supports our patriotic holidays. This year, they have a diverse and impressive 4th of July Collection. For my BBQ, I decided to order the Deluxe White Dendrobium Orchid arrangement, that retails for $69.98.
The arrangement includes 30 multiple bloom stems of white Dendrobium orchids which stand approximately 18″ tall. The flowers are imported from Thailand, are delivered in custom ProFlowers packaging and gift box and come with a glass vase. The flowers are wrapped carefully to avoid any damage to the arrangement. To keep them fresh until you take them out, each stem has it’s own little plastic tip, filled with water. How smart is that?
DIY Patriotic Fabric Mason Jars
I wanted to showcase these bright white orchids in my DIY Patriotic Fabric Mason Jars. The Mason Jars make a decorative vase for the fresh flowers and then can be re-purposed later. I decided to break up the arrangement into 3 of these Patriotic themed Mason jars. I chose 3 different 4th of July inspired fabrics that would look great on my table! Here is how you can make this fun craft project for your own celebration.
What you will need:
- Mason Jar(s) in your choice of size
- 1/4 yard of cotton fabric in a patriotic print/color
- Mod Podge (I make my own. Recipe below)
- Medium size paint brush
Step 1: Measure your Mason Jar from about 1″ inside the lip to about 1″ past the bottom. Now measure the perimeter of your Mason Jar. Now measure and cut 1 1/2″ wide strips of fabric the length of the Mason Jar measurement. The number of strips you will need will depend on the measurement of the perimeter of the Mason Jar. Note: I am making 3 Mason Jars, so I have 3 different fabrics.
Step 2: If you are making your own Mod Podge, do so here. Now bear in mind a medium size jar of Mod Podge will cost you about $6-8. To make your own, you will need a large bottle of “Elmer’s” glue, which I got the off brand at Hobby Lobby for about $1.50. For each cup of glue, you add 1/3 cup of water. Don’t guess this as the exact amounts are what makes your mixture work. Otherwise you have a mixture that is too runny or too thick. I out mine in a Mason Jar so I could shake it really well.
Step 3: Dip a strip of fabric into the glue mixture. I use a brush to make sure the top gets covered, otherwise it may slide into the mixture and it’s lost! Just like with paper mache, squeeze the excess mixture in between two fingers. Starting at the top, fold your 1″ extra over the lip and then using your pointer finger, press the strip down the side of the Mason Jar and then down onto the bottom. Repeat this process until you have covered your Mason Jar.
Step 4: Allow your Mason Jar to dry completely (at least 2 hours). I usually leave mine overnight before I use them. Once the fabric is stiff and dry, you can fill it with your beautiful flowers from ProFlowers! Note: Do not fill your water within 1″ of your fabric inside the Mason Jar or the glue will get wet and ruin. Be sure to follow ProFlowers on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
What are your favorite flowers?