Working with dried or artificial flowers usually means Styrofoam shapes or vases, wires and pliers, and a knowledge of flower arranging. But, the average person can make beautiful floral décor pieces in minutes without any special skills at all. The finished décor looks costly but is really cheap to make. It only takes a few minutes to make each one so you can easily create groupings and other designs.
Dollar-theme stores often have a supply of glass bottles that have corks. These bottles work great to make oil and flower bottles for the bathroom, kitchen or other areas of the home. Instead of purchasing bottles you can also use ones from around your house. Even a clear, jelly jar can become a flower décor piece. When using these kinds of jars decorate the lids by draping a circle of fabric over them then tying a piece of ribbon around each lid.
Place artificial flowers inside the chosen bottle or jar. Mix a large flower or two with some smaller pieces. Add sections of vines, fake leaves – even dried flowers. Dried flowers, though, can be a bit more challenging. Large clumps of them do okay but really small, dried flowers tend to float to the to of the oil.
Use a long wire or similar implement to move the flowers and other pieces around inside the bottle. When you’re happy with the arrangement you’ve created it’s time to pour in the oil. Use baby oil, mineral oil or another clear oil. Hold a funnel inside the bottle and slowly pour in the oil. If you pour it too fast you’ll create many small bubbles inside the bottle. Fill the bottle to within a half-inch or so of the top of the bottle. Position the cork and cap it tightly.
Whether you’re giving the oil and flower bottle as a gift, or you want to make sure your arrangement doesn’t spill, add a few drops of candle wax around the cork, right where it meets the bottle. After the wax dries you’ll be able to lay the bottle in a gift box without worrying about spills.
Use assorted bottles to make a grouping or just stand individual bottles on a mantle, a bathroom counter top, or elsewhere in the home. They’re nice to give others as gifts or just to display in your own home.