Saturday, 17 March 2012

Recycle: From Trash to Flower Wall Decor

This week I've recycled some trash into a fine flower wall decor.

I bought a slow cooker a year and a half ago. I was packet with these styrofoam 'bumpers':

Now, organising experts say if you haven't used it for a year, you probably never will - get rid of it. 
I'm a very busy woman - everything takes more time for me. So I kept my styrofoam trash.
This week I finally made it. 
I had those sewing patterns I found at Salvos (some months ago). I had no clue what I wanted to do with them at the time I bought them.
Then I found that 'animal print' Scotch tape. And that's all I needed for this project.

I covered the 'frame' with the tape. Then I took the sewing pattern and just cut circles in four different sizes - 12 circles of each size. 
I scrunched the paper lightly and than worked with it a little so that the flowers look a little fluffy.
(You can do whatever you want with tissue paper really and it will still look good.)

I used tiny nails to pin the flowers - the pins you can see here are there for the looks - they can't keep the flowers in place. 

I love mu new wreath/frame. I will probably use it in different ways.
I like how it looks with a simple monogram.

I hope everybody's having a great weekend. We had some lovely Irish parties in Melbourne today.
To all our Irish friends: HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! :)



  1. Clever use of trash. We see a "plan" in every piece of throw-away, don't we?! Really like it.

  2. I love green project. So pretty idea!

  3. Such a pretty wreath! I would love to have you link up to Sunday Round Up!
    Kayla :)

  4. I love that you saved your styrafoam! I will never throw mine away again! Your wreath looks great! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Love your wreath! Thanks for linking up to Sunday Round Up.

  6. Wow, so cute. And what an awesome way to use up some Styrofoam that would have just gotten thrown away!

    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @

  7. Thank you, girls!
    Sheila, I'd really like to hear more from you. I couldn't find any way to contact you.


  8. Oh I love it! But I am really sad cause I just threw some of the styrofoam pieces from my new crockpot away! :( Next time I'll save them!

  9. This is wonderful! I love the materials you used. Thank you for linking up this week! :-)

  10. Another fabulous project! Thanks so much for linking up to Mauvin' Monday!

  11. It looks great! I love the delicate yellow for the flowers and the clever shape! Thank you for leaving a sweet comment on my fake wallpaper :)

  12. Adorable! Who knew trash could look so good! I love reusing stuff that would normally get thrown out. I just made a coffee canister out of a formula container.

    I hope you'll link up:


  13. So cute! I love when a project is made recycling material.

  14. This is really beautiful and clever too! Just popped in to say thank you for the beautiful Fruits of the Spirit tutorial you linked up last week. Hope you will submit your lovely wreath as well!

    Michelle@Teagan's Travels
    Just popping in to say thanks for such awesome St. Paddy's Day inspiration last week on my Destination: Inspiration party. Hope you'll link up again with more fab ideas this week!


  15. Oops! When I copied my web address in I included an older message. Tried to edit my post but the system won't let me. Anyway, so hope you will be back over to us this week!

  16. this is a very pretty wreath. i like the monogram in its center. that just finishes the vignette. thank you for linking back to us!

  17. Thank you ladies,
    All of you who take time and click on links at your own linking party, you who are relatively inexperienced bloggers like me and you great girls of the blogland who are so kind to look around and notice us 'small' bloggers.
    You are such an inspiration!

  18. This is such a creative idea!I have been totally missing out on some great projects. (If would have just saved the styrofoam) :). I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  19. How Clever! Looks fabulous :) Thanks for linking up to Pinned it, Made it #10!


  20. Now this is what I call NIFTY THRIFTY!!! Love how you mad the flowers.


  21. How clever you are girl. Looks so darling, I have so many patterns i never use. Now I have something so pretty to do with them. didn't know there was animal print tape. Gosh I must be missing out on the world if I didn't know this. I can't tell you how much I love this wreath, I am working on my craft room now and hope to have one hanging in there. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  22. Many thanks to all of you!
    I'm glad you're inspired to use rather than throw away.
    Love XOX

  23. great project, I've saved those exact same foam pieces from my foam cooker too! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  24. I always hesitate before I throw away packing material. Might actually keep some of it now. Nice project.

  25. Wow! Crafty recycling at it's best!

  26. I love it! Using styrofoam packaging...genius!

  27. Just beautiful! I'm with you . . . as soon as I saw those foam shapes you pictured, I immediately thought I'd NEVER toss those! Love this wreath!

  28. What a gorgeous wreath! I can see it used in so many ways! I've got to go dumpster diving and find me some! I'm new to your blog, but I'd like to invite you to share this at our linky party, we'd love to have you!

  29. Thanks for linking up last week! You were one of the featured posts! I linked up with your post on Facebook and Pinterest. I would love to see you join us this week again! :-) This weeks linky party is now active.

  30. Thank you for linking up this fabulous project!!
    I hope you will stop by and link up another great project
    Claire xox

  31. You have been featured! Come on over and grab a feature button!

  32. Hah! Wonderful. I told my husband when I was at the Country Living Fair last fall one thing I learned was to never throw anything away - you've just made my point! fabulous! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  33. Love this!! I never throw anything away!!



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