Rose Petal Beads

Roses are red … for a while.  And then come late February, my beautiful Valentine’s Day present turns into this.

Since I’m a little bit of a sentimentalist (a.k.a. hoarder), I like to hold onto these things! I have my 1 year anniversary flowers hanging in the kitchen …

… and then there’s Valentine’s Day 2011, which didn’t end up as pretty.

So since I save these things anyway, I decided it was high time to put them to good use. I found this really cool craft for turning old flowers into beautiful works of art that you can wear all the time to remember the reason you got the flowers in the first place.

The idea was inspired my darling mother and my very sweet (and much missed) grandmother. When my grandma died, my mom found a woman who  turned the flowers from the funeral into beautiful jewelry to remember Grandma by. They turned out absolutely gorgeous!

I wrote an article for American Cheerleader magazine last year about this craft and some other cute things to do with your old flowers, and I wanted to be sure to pass it along on EmJoyable. It takes quite a few petals to do this, I’d say about 2 – 3 dozen roses worth (depending on how many beads you want, of course), but I think that with this year’s petals added to my collection, I will have just enough! I had every intention of making these today until I realized I do not have a blender. #fail! I will certainly get my hands on one this weekend and post pictures of my finished product!

Rose Petal Beads

Dried rose petals (you can also use fresh petals if you want to retain the scent)
Cheesecloth (which you can find at a grocery, craft or hardware store)
Small block of Styrofoam  (I just use a piece of the packaging from a waffle iron or something like that that I have lying around.)

1) Remove the petals from the rest of the flower and place them in a blender.

2) Add just enough water to cover the petals.

3) Blend the petals on high for 10 seconds at a time until they’re smooth and reach the consistency of thick soup. (Tip! If you added too much water, you can strain the extra in the next step.)

4) Spread cheesecloth over a bowl and pour the petal mixture into a pile in the center. Pull the corners of the cheesecloth together and squeeze out all excess water from the mixture—careful not to remove so much that it becomes a stiff clump.

5) Take a little of the mixture and work into a ball about the size of a marble.

6) Use a toothpick to make a hole in the bead. Leave the bead on the toothpick and stick it into a piece of Styrofoam—making sure the bead does not touch the surface. Continue making beads until you run out of petal mush.

7) Leave them in a cool, dry place for several days to harden up. Twist them slightly every day so they don’t stick to the toothpick. When they’re completely dry, remove each from the toothpick and string on fish line or jewelry wire to make a necklace or bracelet.

What do you do with your old flowers?!

Go Do Cute Things – Valentine’s Day

I’m excited to announce a new component of EmJoyable called “Go Do Cute Things.” This is a video series that provides lots of ideas for cute things to go do! It’s all very simple. This is also my first video on EmJoyable, and I’m super excited to add the new dimension! So I hope you like it and that I’ve inspired you to go do cute things for Valentine’s day!

Hearts in a Frame

 “If you would be loved, love and be lovable.”  

— Benjamin Franklin

I wanted to share a cute little Valentine’s Day decoration I made when I realized my apartment didn’t have nearly enough pink and glitter for this month’s love fest. I know I got this idea from Pinterest or a blog somewhere, but I looked all over and can’t seem to find it. So whoever you are out there who inspired this, thank you! 

All you need are some plain white paper, colored card stock paper (I used pink), a picture frame, scissors, glue and glitter. 

Cut a heart out of the plain white paper and use as a stencil to trace a few hearts out of the colored paper. The size of your frame can help you decide how big to make the hearts and how many to make.

Cut out the hearts and glue evenly to a piece of paper that has been cut the size of the frame. Add glitter. Frame.

In hindsight, I would have done a few things differently. I like the “E” [heart] “K” part, but I wish it was a little more dominant. If I were to do it again, I would have no glitter on the other hearts or pink glitter so the “E” [heart] “K” stood out more. But that’s okay! Maybe next time! 

I hope you have fun adding some love and sparkle to your home!