I love fresh cut peonies for the home. Problem is...I can't grow peonies! Having 8 acres, you would think I could find a spot that they would love and thrive in. So far, I haven't found it.
However, I came up with this easy to make "peony" using coffee filters and washable markers. They are a quick DIY project. The hardest part is waiting for them to dry!
Here's what you'll need:
1 package of white coffee filters
washable markers in the color of your flower choice
natural peat pots
a paper plate
a shallow bowl
To begin, grab about 10 filters (doesn't have to be the exact amount) and cut the ridges off of the filters. You don't even have to be exact in cutting the same amount off of each. Cut some short and some long. This will make the petals of the flower.
Next, take the washable marker that you've chosen for your flower color. Color (like a 2 year old) around the top of the filters. You don't have to separate the stack. Just color the tops of the inside filter and the outside filter. The color will bleed through to the others.
I used a dark pink and a purple for this color. They will bleed into one beautiful color as we go along. No worries ;)
Fill the bowl with about an inch of water. (Ignore the orange color in the photo...took the pic after making the orange flower.)
Now take the stack of filters with the colored edges and dip the tips into the water. Hold it there for about 5 seconds so it will absorb water.
Look at those colors beginning to bleed...beautiful!
Now for the hard part. Waiting. Place the stack of wet filters upside down on a plate and allow to dry. It may take a few hours.
Once they are dry, pull the filters apart and pinch each filter together at the bottom. Do this to each filter EXCEPT ONE in the stack. You will keep the last one to glue the others into.
After you've pinched each of the filters, take the last one and begin gluing the others into the center. I basically just put a glob of glue into the center of the last one and added the pinched filters one by one. Pinch them together once they're all in and you should have your "peony" bloom!
Now, I decided I wanted to use these cute peat pots that I picked up at the DG (less than $2 for 8) to hold my flowers.
Before adding the bloom, let's dress the peat pot up with some burlap ribbon and a bow.
Wrap a length of the ribbon around and glue. Since the pot is tapered, it won't lie flat unless you angle the ends up. Tie a burlap bow and glue to the peat pot. To secure the bloom in the pot, run a bead of glue around the top edge of the peat pot and carefully mash the bloom in.
That's it! Let's see how they look.
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