This year is the start of a few changes over ‘ere at The DIY Adventures. One of my top ‘resolutions’ for the year was to find ways to share more original content with you all, so one morning a few weeks ago, cup of tea in hand, I bit the bullet and put the feelers out on social media for some clever crafters to contribute some ideas on the blog. I still cannot believe the incredible response I received from some gorgeously talented ladies who I’ve followed for a while. Very humbling and empowering to know that they wish to give up a slice of their valuable time and creativity to share a story with me.
I’m SO excited to now not only share more DIY ideas on the blog, but also to have the opportunity to introduce you to more of the creative minds out there in blog land.
So, without further ado, I welcome the first of my lovely contributors, Helen Hung from Helarious. A Sydney-based floral stylist and diy + design blogger. Helarious is full of stunning tutorials and inspiration based on botanical-inspired living. She also receives 10 gold stars from me for the great blog name. This clever lass is also the owner of Lime Tree Bower, a creative studio specialising in floral styling for events and spaces. Do yourself a favour and follow Helen on Instagram over here for a face full of floral delights.
Really excited to share this gorgeous gift topper tutorial Helen has whipped up. It’s so simple but it’s something I would’ve never thought of – I didn’t know flowers could still be so vibrant when dried!
It’s Helen here Helarious – I’m a huge fan of flowers, they’re so beautiful and fragile… Have you ever tried to dry or press flowers to preserve them? I’ve been air drying a lot of flowers recently and my favourite to keep is statice!
They’re available all year round, are very hardy and also luckily for us, they come in a beautiful range of vibrant colours. The added bonus? They keep their colour when dry – this makes them THE perfect flower to dry and use creatively.
I’m excited to show you how simple and effective flowers can be when it comes to dressing up a gift. You can always use fresh flowers but dried flowers ensures they won’t wilt by the time you give your gift!
- Dried statice – I bought fresh statice and hung them upside down in a shaded area for a week to air dry.
- Brown paper
- A gift to wrap
First, you’ll need to wrap up your gift in plain brown paper.
Take a few different colours of your dried statice and place them in a bunch to create a small bouquet.
Using your ribbon, tie a knot to secure the statice together and make sure the knot is in the centre of the length of your ribbon. You’ll be using the same ribbon to wrap around the gift. Tidy up the stems by snipping across with scissors so they are all one length.
Place your mini bouquet on the front of your gift so the statice lies flat against the surface. Take both ribbon ends to the back of the gift and cross one over the other. Pull to tighten (making sure the front still looks good) and take both ribbon ends back over to the front of the gift.
Again, making sure everything is tight and the way you want it positioned, tie a knot in the ribbon that sits just over the top of the statice. Tie a bow and you’re done!
You can totally substitute statice for other varieties of dried flowers, use a single colour or mix it up – whatever you like! Don’t they just add the loveliest touch?