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!
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:
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:
There’s a birdcage in there, I promise!
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.)
- 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:
I used hot glue to mesh the two strips of moss at the seams around the center:
The moss and burlap will hide the ugly behind-the-scenes floral foam.
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.
Now you’ll want to wire the top of your birdcage to the base so it stays in an opened position, using floral wire:
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:
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.
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:
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. 🙂
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:
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:
I stained the sign with some stain I had in the garage to age it a bit:
I prefer this look:
All that’s left is to add your new feathered friend:
Breath a sigh of relief that it worked out and it turned out so lovely! You did a great job 🙂
Pretty simple, right?
I think the apples are a fun, unexpected touch:
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!)
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!
You can find me on Hometalk here.
I told you I was excited!