Sunday, May 2, 2010

Create Inexpensive Embellishments......

Today I have a money saving tip for you.  If you've ever been to a craft or scrapbooking store you know how expensive embellishments can be.  I love to use silk flowers in many of my creations, but this can get quite costly. This pack of six silk flowers can cost $3.00.  I am way to cheap  frugal  to pay that price.

I made sure I had my coupon in hand and headed over to the closest Michaels Craft store.  I purchased one large hydrangea stem in my favorite color PINK!  This single stem had
 72 individual  flowers and cost $2.50. 
 Can you see the savings already?



Next step is to seperate the flowers...


I removed the green stamen.


I love this fine iridescent shred.  It adds lots of bling!



I have found it at a local dollar store. 
 When it's in stock, I buy 3-4 bags.  It goes a long way.


I just grab a small about and hot glue it
to the center of the flower....


Next step glue a rhinestone to the center.
 Can you ever have to much BLING?  I purchased the rhinestones in a value pack at JoAnn Fabrics.  Remember your coupon and the cost is about $2.50 for the entire package. 
 For only a few cents it adds a great look.


And here's how I used the flowers....


I made matching gift bags for my handmade journals
that I sold at my show this weekend.


72 flowers cost me about $5.50! 
That's quite a savings....


I liked these even better than the ones at the store.


Next time you're at the local craft store pick up a stem of flowers.  It's amazing what you can create with them.  I'm linking up to the following creative sites....
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20 comments:

Connie said...

Thanks for the great tip. I also use a lot of flowers for embellishing projects and they can be quite expensive. I really like your idea of adding the irridescent (sp?) fuzzy stuff, it adds to the over all cutsie look.

Mom in High Heels said...

What a great idea!

slommler said...

Wonderful idea and great tutorial! Thanks so much! I never thought about doing it that way!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful tip!
I buy ribbon roses and other ribbon flowers in bulk on ebay for my Victorian style crafts but this will let me add a little variety in my flowers!
Debbie

Heather@PixieDust said...

great tip! I love the shreds - I have some metallic embroidery floss that I've been using to get your look.

Valencia said...

I learn so much from you! This is just in time for mother's day gift package embellishments.

Creations By Cindy said...

So cute. Love it. Be blessed. Cindy

Kaysi said...

So pretty!

Scrappy Gifts said...

Wow fabulous! That iridescent stuff really helps it pop too. I'd love if you linked up to my Scrappy Saturdays.
http://myscrappygifts.blogspot.com/2010/05/11th-scrappy-saturdays.html

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi, I love your ideas and that is a great tip! The shimmery shreds give it a nice touch as does your bling. Just in time for Mother's Days and all the parties I have coming up this month. Stop by and visit and have a peek at the bird nest jar topper I made, you may enjoy it. Have a wonderful evening!
Hugz,
Kim

Terry said...

I love this idea, I have lots of artifical flowers and was just waiting for inspiration. Thank you!
I'll be copying you very soon!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

what a cute idea! I love making my own embellishments too. They can be quite expensive at the store.

Meg said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful! Great job.

I'd love for you to check out my blog for a CSN give away! Have a wonderful day! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I love how you added the shredded stuff to the center of the flower. Too cute!

~SHANNON~ said...

Pretty flowers!I'm your newest follower, I found you through Friday follow!

I hope you will come check out my blog out as well!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon
http://milkandcuddles.com/

Barbara Jean said...

sweet tip, thanks.
Amazed you sign up for so many special days. I had to back off as it took too long to load them all with nmy shoulder pain.

blessings
barbara jean

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

great tip,, just found your blog today from over at Donna's funkyjunk place,, loved your video on the lampshade. Cant wait to look around some more.

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

You did a fabulous job on the flowers!! What a great idea to rip apart a hydrangea :) Definitely worth a little effort for some gorgeous little embellishments :) Your bags look beautiful!

Naturally Me Creations said...

What a cute idea! I love adding some shiny decorations! :)

Christine said...

I love the shiny threads. I looked at Michael's and Dollar Tree for them last night. No luck. You mentioned it purchased it at a local dollar store. Have you seen them anywhere else? I went over by the gift bag section at Michael's. Thanks Christine 7/2/14

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