Sunday, May 20, 2007

Crafty Saturday

This was a weekend full of birthday parties. One had a fairy theme so the kidlings and I decided to make a crown of flowers as a gift. After they picked out lots of pretty silk flowers, I gathered the necessary supplies:

Although they seem weak and ineffective when you want to hang up any clothing of substance, wire hangers are actually quite strong and wily. I cut off the hook part and managed to form a very crude circle. Then I wrapped the flowers around the wire with floral tape:

Here are some things I learned (other than the inherent stubbornness of wire hangers):
a) use a smaller gauge wire
b) cut the stems of the flowers longer than you think you'll need
c) wrap the stems with green electrical tape which is much stronger than floral tape.

I'm fairly happy with the final crown, which will hopefully survive life in the dress-up-box for longer than a few wearings.

And having 2 daughters leads me to believe that fairy parties are not a thing of my past and I'll get to use my new-found knowledge in the near future.

How was your weekend?


Sandra Eileen said...

what a great gift idea. I bet the kidlings really enjoyed working on it.

Steph said...

It is beautiful! I bet the birthday girl was thrilled.

Sweet Olive Press | Helen said...

Fabulous - I would've LOVED this when I was a little girl. That, and a tutu...