#makeovermonday / a DIY flower arrangement for church in memory of Glennie the Great

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Next week will be 3 years since Glennie the Great left this earth and met Jesus!

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Goodness, I can’t tell you how much I miss my grandmother. I think of her so often and the things she would say and the things I do that are JUST LIKE HER!!

Glennie the Great – you were my last living grandparent and you were simply amazing!

We have a traditional church and if you’ve ever been part of a traditional small church, you might remember how people sometimes bring flowers to place in front of the pulpit in memory of a loved one.

That’s what I want to do.

So for today’s #makeovermonday project, Joy and I spent the late afternoon crafting our own DIY flower arrangement to place at church on Sunday morning in loving memory of Glennie the Great.

I started by searching fall flower arrangements on Pinterest. These 4 were my main pieces of inspiration and I really wanted to mix all of them together for my vision. I also wanted a flower that spoke of fall but could easily transition into winter.

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Because I really decided to do this on the spur of the moment, I have to give full disclosure that I did not shop the best deals. I was already at Michael’s and they were having a sale on their flowers so I didn’t bother going to 4 different places to find the best deals. I probably could have come out a lot better in my pricing if I had planned and really shopped around.

I started with these basic stems and greenery – all from Michael’s – around $80 total.

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Like I said – more than I would normally spend, but I shopped quickly today and went with what they had.

The white vase is from Target – $20. I would have found a better deal on that as well, but again – I was in a hurry and got what they had.

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I found this foam tree to be the base of my arrangement – at Michael’s.

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And one small problem – the foam tree was slightly larger than the vase. Hmmm.

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No problem, really – just punch it in til it fits. Work with me, people.

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There we go!

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Now, that’s too low. So, I added some paper filling to the bottom.

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That’s better!

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Joy was such a help.

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Ok, back to the flower. I started with all of the base greenery and cut it into smaller pieces from the big bunches. Then, I started adding it to the bottom all the way around.

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You’ll need some type of wire cutters to cut these bigger bunches apart. Do not try scissors. You will ruin them. Ruin I say.

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Next, I added some more of the greenery.

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Then, some more.

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Now, it’s time to start adding the colors.

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I added one color at a time. First the pale pinks, then the reds and so on.

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It is looking sooo good!

But, my supervisor (Joy) agreed that we still had some white foam showing and this is not good.

I found some greenery from around the house – most of this is from the Dollar Tree.

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I cut these pieces up and started piecing them all around to cover the white.

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It turned out SOOOO good. At least we think so – and that’s what matters, right??

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Glennie the Great would be proud.

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Then, I couldn’t resist – I wanted to see the arrangement on our table. And of course, I had to add some Christmas.

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And this is what happens around here when I’m putting things together.

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And just in case you think our house is all perfect and stuff…

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That’s the other side of the room 🙂

People ask me all the time if I ever run out of things to makeover….well, NO! No room stays clean for more than 24 hours usually and a makeover is needed constantly around this place.

Oh, and random – did you know I would love to have a floral shop one day???? Yup.

We’ll gladly add this flower in memory of grandma on Sunday – and at some point I’ll bring it back home to keep and remember her each day.

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Want to make your own custom flower arrangement? You’ll need these supplies:

  • Flower stems – my favorite places to get them are Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, the Dollar Tree and At Home (formerly Garden Ridge). Always look for them on sale and don’t pay full price.
  • Some type of foam base to fit your vase and help hold your arrangement together
  • A vase – look at any of these same places you find your flowers and get something on sale. Michael’s did not have a large selection today. Hobby Lobby is your best bet for these. Check the clearance aisle!!
  • Wire cutters. I borrowed some out of Brian’s tools in the garage.
  • Greenery. Make sure to get plenty to fill in. I like the bigger bulky kind to start my arrangement with and then I use the more basic small greenery at the end to fill in the gaps.
  • Not sure what to start with? Look for inspiration on Pinterest and shop for flowers that match the photos. Also, you can ask the florists at these locations for help and ideas.

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10 comments

  1. Absolutely love it. I worked in a floral shop/ greenhouse back in NY for 10 yrs.
    I would hire you in a second. Maybe you should consider your own shop. You are very creative and you would bring your own touch of unique.
    Hey, I love the idea. Want to hire me…lol

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    • Ahhhh, you’re so sweet!!! Yes!!!! I would hire you – maybe when we get the farm I’ll somehow work a floral shop into the mix! Along with a Christmas tree farm and house stuff and conference retreats and and and. Hanna!!!

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