I love decorating with flowers.
Whether they’re fresh, printed on fabric, or cut out of paper, they always bring color and sunshine to any decor. They also preach a sermon to my heart.
I Peter 1:24-25
“…the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Flowers and this verse is my favorite combination for a craft for Daily Vacation Bible School.
Because I had “Wasted Not and Wanted Not” while crafting Graduation decorations, there were mountains of flowers, one inch circles, and mortarboards that needed to be crafted into decorations.
My dining room table was gloriously covered. Inspiration usually comes to me in a messy way, not a neat, organized way.
I need to spread out all my stuff and look at it. Then, I begin creating.
One of the things I created for Thanksgiving last year was a Thankful Garland.
After the holidays, I left up the grapevine along the mantle, assuming I would decorate for each holiday or season. It had been empty since Thanksgiving, but it was time to change that.
Flowers were layered and glued together with glue stick.
Since I wasn’t going to reuse the flowers, (psst….please don’t tell my relatives), I just used blue painter’s tape to hold paper clips down. No special reason to use this tape,
just it was the only one I could find at the time. My family has this thing about using my tape.
On one side of the fireplace mantle, the graduate’s name, on the other side flowers that spelled out 2011.
I just printed out the letters on a Word document, then used my one inch punch. It has a peek-a-book top so you can see what you’re punching to center the words correctly.
Little take-out boxes from Cash&Carry were decorated for Chex Mix.
Mini-cupcakes were decorated with homemade floral picks. I glued two one-inch circles together with a flat toothpick between them. Hot glue makes things lumpy. On one side I glued a small flower and a mortarboard. For some of the picks I used small pics of Grace in her cap and gown.
As I was cleaning up after Graduation, I had a handful of these beauties in my hand, while hearing those warring voices in my head~
“Save them, you might need them.”
“Don’t save them, throw them out. You save too much.”
“You might need them….”
“You’ll never need them…..”
I boldly threw them out, because I could.
We celebrated the graduations of other friends by posting their announcements and pictures on a prominent wall.
The flowers were bright, festive and made Grace’s graduation party so beautiful. But, after all that work, they were thrown away. I know, what a waste.
But, from now on, may flowers always preach this silent sermon to your heart.