Ditch the Vase: 23 Creatives Ways to Use Fresh Flowers
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Ditch the Vase: 23 Creatives Ways to Use Fresh Flowers

You’ve heard it a million times before: April showers bring May flowers. Well folks, this year, we pledge to do something new with our blossoms. No more tired vases for our pretty petals. We will eat them, bathe with them and maybe even use them to turn our little munchkins into floral monsters. And that’s just the beginning. Check out these 23 creative ways to really utilize what’s blooming this season.

1. Geometric Floating Flower Wreath: This will definitely make an impression at your summer pool party. These wreaths are attached to foam core which will keep them floating all day long. (via Paper and Stitch)

2. Floral Topped Cake: Step aside, candles. We have a feeling these are going to be the most requested cake topper from now on. This blogger wraps the ends of the flowers with a little bit a foil to keep the cake tasting more like a cake and less like a garden. (via Alma Camponesa)

3. Flower Bun Wrap: We love a good bun. We love it even more when it’s cloaked in flowers. Try this tutorial for a kick of class at a music festival or summer wedding. (via Tuts Plus)

4. Fresh Flower Sign: Twine covered wire makes these signs a fun, quick craft for adults and kids alike. Bend the wire into the word of your choosing, hot glue some fresh flowers to it, and voila! Wordy, flowery magic. (via Sugar and Cloth)

5. Spring Floral Crown: Continually making the modern day girl look like a whimsical woodland fairy, the floral crown is one of our favorite accessories. Make it as dramatic or subtle as you like. (via Brit + Co.)

6. Floral Wreath Crowned Eggs: Yeah, this is a sleeping egg wearing a floral crown. Easter may have come and gone, but these cute little guys will look great on your dining table all season long. (via Flax and Twine)

7. Pressed Flower iPhone Case: Who says technology and nature can’t blend? Dried flowers are glued and coated in resin in this tutorial. It’s not necessarily a quick project, but c’mon. Look how pretty it is! (via Etsy)

8. Floral Wall Art: All you need is pressed flowers, pretty paper and some hot glue to transform a plain wall into a delicate piece of art. (via Sincerely Kinsey)

9. Gilded Flowers: Here’s a great way to add a personal touch to an otherwise average bouquet. Flowers with firm and distinct petals such as zinnias, daises or open roses are perfect candidates for this quick and quirky project. (via Creature Comforts)

10. Fresh Flower Bow: Why have we never thought of this before? So simple AND reusable! To easily replace the flower, glue it to a small circle of felt and use a safety pin to attach the flower to the bow. (via Studio DIY)

11. Floral Pendant Light: Practical? No. Awesome? Yes. If you’re willing to put the effort in, this could take your dinner party to a whole new level. (via Paper and Stitch)

12. Egg-tastic Centerpiece: We bet you never thought a tired, used carton of eggs could look this good. Consider it upcycling at its finest. (via Papery and Cakery)

13. Flower Bracelet: These bracelets make a great hands-free alternative to bouquets for bridesmaids or flower girls and can be worn all day long. (via The Bride’s Cafe)

14. Succulent Wreath: If flowers are too delicate and short-lived for your taste, try out this wreath. The beautiful thing about succulents is you can simply chop off a bit of an existing plant and it will grow new roots! And this pretty thing is good all year long. (via Pretty Prudent)

15. Fresh Flower Wall: Wallpaper? Far too time consuming and permanent. Turn your house into a botanical museum with some pretty flowers and a bit of tape. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

16. Floral Comb: If a floral crown is a too ethereal for you, these combs are an equally charming, more subdued alternative. They would look fabulous for engagements, weddings or even just for fun. (via Green Wedding Shoes)

17. Floral Mirror: Sure, you look great in a regular old mirror. But in a flower covered mirror? Girl, you’re the fairest of them all. If you’re looking for something a little longer lasting, try replacing the flowers with succulents. (via Paper and Stitch)

18. Napkin Ring: After the meal, napkins are usually a mess. But before the meal, they can look awesome. Impress your guests with these perfectly pretty napkin rings. (via Paper and Stitch)

19. Floral Pressed Bookmarks: We love to read, but we’ll admit that our bookmark situation usually consists of a Post-it or paper clips. Make your story even more memorable by starting every chapter with a laminated bouquet. (via Ink Press)

20. Floral Body Scrub: We have made it pretty clear by now that flowers can be worn in many ways. And we have even better news: You can bathe in them too. With a mixture made up of dried lavender, rose, sweet almond oil and sea salt, we’re guessing you’re going to want to do it over and over again. (Freutcake)

21. Floral Garland: A bouquet in a vase isn’t the only way to bring spring indoors. Hang this garland along a staircase, over a door frame or lay it along a table for an updated take on fresh decor. (via Oh Happy Day)

22. Floral Ring: Give a second life to short-stemmed or broken flowers you would otherwise have to toss with this adorable ring tutorial. (via Paper and Stitch)

23. Floral Letters: Helvetic and Times New Roman are great. But let’s be honest, the best font is floral. Fragrant, fun and bold, this tutorial will have you wishing every letter you read could be covered in peonies and roses. (via Honestly WTF)

How are you using flowers creatively this May and beyond? Any cool ideas we missed? Let us know in the comments below!