Join me and Hometalk for a Pinterest Pinning Party at Michaels!

I am so excited to be teaming up with Hometalk to promote a Pinterest Pinning Party at Michaels! Hometalk is the biggest Home & Garden social network on the web! Come on, these are three of my favorite things!!

On Sunday, February 16th, Michaels Stores everywhere will be hosting a Pinterest party in their classroom from 1-4 pm.

Don’t just pin it, make it your own!

 

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If you visit your local Michaels store, you will find Pinterest inspired displays on several end caps throughout the store, highlighting the fun projects they are promoting.  On party day, purchase your supplies and head to the classroom where associates will be on hand to help you create your own Pinterest inspired masterpiece!

You know I love a project and a challenge project even more, so when I was asked to put my own spin on one of the Michaels projects, I couldn’t wait to get started!

First, here are the Pinterest inspired projects to choose from:

Michaels Projects

With all this snow lately, I wanted something that would add a pop of  Spring to my house,  so I chose the birdcage…

Since we were encouraged to put our own spin on it, I turned my birdcage into the perfect planter for this sweet Spring arrangement:

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There’s a birdcage in there, I promise!

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Do you want to see how it came together? You know I’m going to show you anyway! Here is what you’ll need to create this project. The only things missing (Isn’t there always something missing??) are the apple picks which came in a stem that included 5-6 apples and the little chalkboard signs.)

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  • Two or three stems of your choice. One for a main filler and one or two for accents. Since I used the apples, I ended up not using the grass-like stems in the center. Three is a good number for a small arrangement.
  • Birdcage (I chose the 8-9″ birdcage. My instructions are to fit this size.)
  • Floral foam
  • Needle nose pliers/Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Moss roll (2.5″ X 32″)
  • Wide burlap ribbon (wired)
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Feathered friend
  • Raisinets or Cadbury’s mini eggs (to help you keep your strength up)

All of my supplies were purchased at Michaels of course, but that’s where I buy all my craft supplies anyway!

Before you get started, you’ll want to lay out a dropcloth or move this project outside as the moss is quite messy.

First, line the bottom of your birdcage with burlap. Then line the inside walls of the cage with moss using hot glue to hold in it place:

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I used hot glue to mesh the two strips of moss at the seams around the center:

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The moss and burlap will hide the ugly behind-the-scenes  floral foam.

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Add the floral foam. It cuts really easily. I used a bread knife. Add  a bit of glue to the bottom to hold it in place.

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Now you’ll want to wire the top of your birdcage to the base so it stays in an opened position, using floral wire:

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This is the fun part! Grab your main filler stems and cut them down to smaller stems to fit the size of the small birdcage more appropriately:

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Start plugging them in. I tried to stay symmetrical, adding to the same areas on either side. Start with the area under the roof of the cage so you can easily reach it.

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I like to keep the greenery on some of my stems to help fill in the space. These look a bit bold, but soften as I add more elements.

Next I added my accent stems. I cut them down first also. If you choose these, I found the ends to be pretty flimsy, making them difficult to push in. I was able to use the stems closer to the base though:

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Add them in a somewhat symmetrical manner too. Disclaimer: I am NOT an expert floral arranger, so if I am breaking florist’s code here, feel free to ignore whatever I say and do it your own way. 🙂

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This is the point of my project where I traditionally tell myself that this is just might not work out.  (Happens almost every time!) I decided to add my burlap bow to get a feel for where this was going:

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Oh yes, now  we’re good…I folded the burlap in half to wrap it around, then tied a regular bow and fluffed it out.

Add the apple picks and a little chalkboard sign:

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I stained the sign with some stain I had in the garage to age it a bit:

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I prefer this look:

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All that’s left is to add your new feathered friend:

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Breath a sigh of relief that it worked out and it turned out so lovely! You did a great job 🙂

Pretty simple, right?

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I think the apples are  a fun, unexpected touch:

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I have a lot of black and white in my house and I love the pop of green against it! (Especially one that doesn’t require me to keep it alive!)

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DIY Birdcage Arrangement: I used a birdcage as a planter for this sweet arrangement!

Which project would you choose?

Now for the most exciting part about this whole event…we get to be a part of it!

You can come out and see me and several other Hometalk bloggers during the event on February 16th at Michaels stores from 1-4 pm across the U.S. and Canada!

If you live anywhere near Virginia Beach, VA,  I will be at the Michaels in Redmill Commons Shopping Center on Nimmo Parkway!  I would LOVE it if you would come by and say hello and hang out with us! Visit Michaels.com to see if your favorite Hometalk blogger will be at a Michaels  store near you for the event!

Okay, maybe this is the most exciting part:

Follow Michaels on Hometalk for a chance to win a $100 Michaels gift card! Five winners will be announced on Hometalk’s Facebook page on February 17th, after the party!

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You can find me on Hometalk here.

I told you I was excited!

XO,

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Comments

  1. Gorgeous! I hope my birdcage turns out as lovely! 🙂

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! You are right, the apples gave it such a creative edge! Gorgeous! I’d love to have this in my home!

    • Thanks, Donna! My mom requested one right away and I told her she was in luck because I had to recreate one live anyway! Can’t wait to see what you come up with with all your goodies! XO

  3. Christy, this is so beautiful! I love the apples in it. x

  4. Christy–I love the spin you did on the birdcage project!

  5. Very cute bird cage Christy! The green is perfect for spring and St. Patrick’s day. Thanks for sharing! ~Lisa

  6. This just lovely and could carry me through until Spring.

  7. I have that bird cage from Michael’s and enjoy decorating with it I love what you did and will be trying out your idea soon. Thanks for the tutorial!! Great job!!

  8. I love your Pinterest Project! the birdhouses are probably my favorite choices…well, plus the burlap… oh wait, and the clay pots!

    anyways, your birdhouse is beautiful!

    pinning!

  9. This turned out so pretty Christy! I love the pop of color with the green apples! I did a birdcage arrangement too! Great job!

  10. Love this! I saw it at another party and this time I have to ask: will you PLEASE link this up to Friday Favorites at http://imnotatrophywife.com laura

  11. This is beautiful! I am helping decorate for a spring wedding rehearsal dinner, and I LOVE this arrangement! I am pinning for future reference. 😉 Thanks SO much!!! ~Leslie

  12. I love it Christy! The apples and burlap and well, all of it is…perfect! Have a great time at your Pinterest party I’ll be thinking of you when I’m at the S. Tampa Michaels on Sunday.
    Cheers

    • Thanks, Therese! I had so much fun with this challenge! We are actually not far from you right now…we’re in Disney! I’ll be home Saturday…just in time for Sunday’s event! 🙂

  13. WOW!! This is so elegant and creative Christy!!!! You should start selling these! You have amazing floral arranging skills!! The apples with the florals are perfect! Looking forward to the party on Sunday and I hope to see how your party goes on Instagram!!

  14. So lovely!! Enjoyed getting to know you + your blog from the Pinterest Party!

  15. I am going to make this arrangement I think it is so pretty for spring . And I think the little chalkboard adds an unexpected tough

    • That’s great! All of the supplies were 40% off at Michaels today except for the burlap ribbon and the apples. Plus tomorrow (2/17) there’s a coupon for an additional 25% of your total purchase including sale and non-sale items! 🙂

  16. Very cute! great tutorial too! Thanks~

  17. Very Nice…beautifully done!

  18. This is just lovely! Thank you for sharing how to make it.

  19. So Cute!

  20. This is gorgeous, I don’t think i’ve seen anything like it before.

  21. This is the second link I clicked from the Live Laugh Party and no surprise they both happened to be your projects! I love this birdcage idea – so pretty. Especially adding the apple picks and that adorable chalkboard sign which took it from pretty too adorable!

  22. Beautiful!! I love the freshness of the green apples and the white floral. It came together beautifully and the burlap ribbon was the perfect rustic accent.
    Did you have fun doing your class, Christy? I bet everyone who made an arrangement was thrilled.
    I guess I need to start doing something with HomeTalk on the outside chance that I might get to share in the fun. 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Project Inspire{d} Christy!!!

    • Thanks, Diane! I really did enjoy it! What made it so fun was seeing how proud my ladies were of themselves when we were done. They loved their projects. Hometalk is awesome! It’s so simple to post projects in their super simple format. (All the hard work is already done for my blog post.) I started collaborating with them because they liked my circular patio I created from old granite landscaping blocks and wanted to feature it on their FB page. Thanks for all the sweet comments, you are so sincere…I love that! Have a great week! 🙂

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