Just in Time for “May Day”

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       Do you have an interesting purse or handbag you could rescue from your closet and transform into a one-of-a-kind container for fresh flowers?  In a recent post [CLICK HERE to see it] I showed you several ways to create unique containers out of pretty handbags. 

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Now here’s another super-EASY way to use a handbag: Hang it on your door! I just L*O*V*E this cute straw purse with multicolored beads that I bought at the Naturalizer outlet last summer ~ but interesting purses can be found just about anywhere, including thrift stores.

And wouldn’t something like this be a perfect decoration for May Day?

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The steps are the same as I outlined in the other post: Find a plastic container to fit inside your handbag (this can be anything plastic, even something from the recycle bin). Stuff plastic bags or bubble wrap around the container so it fits securely inside the purse.

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Gather a few flowers of your choice plus a few snips and pieces of greenery. I used roses from my neighbor’s garden and I cut the other flowers from some of my potted plants .  

     Fill the inner plastic container halfway with water, and just start placing the flower stems inside, biggest flowers first. Remember from the post I referenced above that you can also hold all the flowers in your hand, arrange them in a cluster, and secure the stems together with a rubber band. Then the whole pretty nosegay pops right into the purse.

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Here’s how my door-hanger purse looked when it was almost finished.

I loved the look, but kept thinking it needed something more. I looked at the purse’s colorful decorative beads for an idea and noticed a few bright red ones in the mix. I added just a touch of red roses, and all the colors came alive. You can see what a difference that red makes.

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This is a perfect example of just starting out somewhere and once you begin, your inspiration will lead you from one step to another.

HAVE FUN with this! Take the basic idea I’m showing you ~ and then  dream up ways you could ADAPT it with your own materials in your own style. That’s where that exhilarating creativity lies!

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Final note on freshness: A bouquet like this should last at least a couple of days, if not longer, if you keep the stems under water, and depending on how fresh your plant materials are to begin with. You can snip off any dying flowers and add new ones to keep your “art project” fresh for up to a week. Such a happy way to say “Welcome!” to your home.

4 thoughts on “Just in Time for “May Day”

  1. Great idea. If it would just stop dropping to the freezing point at night here in ourpart of the vineyard.

    On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:00 PM, Sydnes Flower Class wrote:

    > Sydne Miles posted: ” Do you have an interesting purse or handbag > you could rescue from your closet and transform into a one-of-a-kind > container for fresh flowers? In a recent post [CLICK HERE to see it] I > showed you several ways to create unique containers out of ” >

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