Adding decorative accents to your home makes all the difference in creating a warmly welcoming environment. Even better is to use your talents and imagination to create unique décor to adorn your living space! The creations are limitless when you think about it; wreaths, flower arrangements, decorated wooden plaques, dishes filled with potpourri, and homemade soaps and candles.
Giving your creations out as gifts is another great way to save money while touching the hearts of those you love!
Save Money Whenever Possible
The best part about making your own décor and gifts is that you can really save some major dollars in the process! Buy dried flowers, candle-making accessories, soap makings, and potpourri ingredients at wholesale suppliers or use discounts and promotions offered by your local stores or on their Web sites.
Buy wholesale dried flowers at warehouses open to the public. This is a great way to save up to 50% or more off what you’d pay at the craft stores.
Purchase a vase or tall container (wood vases are especially eye-catching) and fill it with dramatic stalks of dried flowers and other accents that make a statement. Dried gourds on sticks, cattails, bamboo, and other long, thin accents bring an elegant touch to any of your arrangements. You can use one or two of the aforementioned items all by themselves for a bolder look.
When using bunches of dried flowers in an arrangement remember not to overcrowd the container. Dried plants are delicate and can easily be damaged in a crowded situation. Look at the color scheme of your room and choose the most common color in the room as your base.
Then, buy dried flowers that meet those criteria. Accent the arrangement with colors in the room that you wish to highlight; hydrangeas, cornflowers, and dried chrysanthemums are favorites.
Wreaths and Wooden Plaques
Wreaths and wooden plaques are charming additions to doorways, walls, and front doors. Plaques can be painted in any color prior to mounting flowers to them or can be customized with a family name or address.
These make great personalized gifts for anyone! You can bunch dried flowers together and tie them together with floral wire and then cover the wire with a decorative ribbon. Drill a small hole into the center of the plaque to mount the flowers to the wood.
You can put plaques above doorways inside or to one side of a front door for a gorgeous decoration. Wreaths are also great additions to any exterior or interior area. Extra large wreaths on the front door make for a warm and welcoming feeling for your guests. On the wall, they add charm and style to any room. You can choose fragrant flowers for either of these projects to add a pleasant fragrance.
Soaps, Candles and Potpourri
For these crafty items, fragrant flowers and essential oils are the very best materials to use because their fragrance is long-lasting and natural. Lavender flowers, dried rose petals, lemon oil, and vanilla are especially popular choices because they smell wonderful, fresh, and are non-irritating to most people’s skin.
You can make your own candles, soaps and potpourris from kits and ingredients found at your local craft stores and wholesale dried flowers suppliers. Don’t forget to buy dried flowers at a discount whenever possible to save money!