Well, it’s back to school in my world! It’s always a bittersweet time, I miss the boys terribly but excited to finally have some time to get reconnected with my own projects. This fall, there is so much inspiration and I am constantly coming up with ideas. It probably doesn’t help that I practically live on Pinterest! That web site has been such a gift to me and I think anyone that enjoys being creative.
Yesterday, I had a TV segment on Channel 5 talking about fun ways to transform party eats into delicious and easy after-school snacks. I already knew which recipes I wanted to use, but I wasn’t sure what type of visual props I needed. Plus, I try to do “double duty” with my props, hoping that I can gift them after the show instead of simply throwing them out. Since I needed a teacher’s gift anyway, I thought creating something that could hold some flowers would be the perfect prop!
I set off to the local dollar store and purchased the cylinder vase and three packs of pencils (16 pencils per pack) for my pencil vase. I also purchased the smaller cylinder vase at the dollar store but purchased a large (64 count) box of crayons at Walmart for my crayon vase. The total cost of my project was $8. This includes the two vases, pencils, and crayons. I had the ribbon left over from another project and the cost of the flowers is not included. But I can assure you, the flowers will be the most expensive part of this project, unless of course, you have your own garden (lucky you!).
I hot-glued the pencils around the tall cylinder vase and did the same with the crayons around the smaller cylinder vase. I added the black with white polka-dots ribbon to add more interest. Filled the vases with water and arranged my flowers. The flowers looked great on the TV set (I included a photo below from my TV segment, the flowers are on the far right). I will be giving this to my son’s teacher in a couple of days and I am thrilled how it turned out. This is a NO FAIL craft project, so do not hesitate to try it!