Create your own Floral Lantern
What you need:
Iglu floral foam and holder that fits easily in lantern (wet foam like oasis)
Floral preservative (optional)
Assortment of flowers (here I used white and magenta stock, white daisies, a magenta gerbera daisy, statice, and a couple pink roses)
Assortment of greens
Interested in this project, but don’t want to try it solo? I’m going to start offering this floral lantern project as a workshop this summer. Check out our public events or book a private party!
If you know a mom who's more like mine (prefers Prince and a good craft cocktail to plants), try making her a Purple Rain this week. I've been wanting to play with cocktail making for a while and used this DIY Mother's Day Week as my excuse to have a night of at-home bartending with Mom. I'm sharing recipes for lavender bitters and lavender honey simple syrup, ingredients that will take you a long way in lavender cocktail adventures. Want something a little more mellow? Mixed with lemon juice and water, the simple syrup will make a tasty lavender lemonade.
Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
Combine 2 parts dried lavender, 3 parts honey, and 3 parts hot water in a dish or bowl. Let seep for 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth or fine strainer.
With this simple syrup, you're all set to make a Purple Rain. Get the recipe here.
(Adapted from The Domestic Mixologist)
Mix all ingredients in your jar and seal and let steep for 2 weeks, and shake several times to remix. After 2 weeks, strain lavender bitters through cheesecloth or fine strainer. Store bitters in a jar or glass bottle with dropper (ideal for bitters).
*Since I wanted to make bitters and cocktails the same night, I used a sous-vide water oven. For the sous-vide method, place all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Give a sous-vide water bath at 140F for 1 hour. Let cool and store in a jar or glass bottle with dropper.
There are tons of ways to use these flowery bitters in craft cocktails. One new favorite is the Lavender Honey Sidecar.
How to Make a Basic Terrarium
Care for your terrarium depends on the plants you use. I choose indoor plants that need filtered light. I check the soil regularly for dryness and water when the soil is no longer moist. For these terrariums I chose plants that I like, but some will not last forever in their terrarium homes. I think of terrariums as long term arrangements; eventually expect your plant buddies to grow out of their containers. You can repot them and replace with new, small plant babies.
Instagram Giveaway! I’m giving away one of my wildflower terrarium necklaces launching soon in the Leelee’s Garden botanical craft shop. If you know me, you’ve probably seen me wearing one of these. I’ll post Mother’s Day DIY ideas everyday here and on Instagram @leeleesgarden. If you like a post this week and tag 2 friends you’ll get 1 entry. If you MAKE one of these projects this week, share and tag @leeleesgarden, you’ll get 5 entries. Not on Instagram? You can also email me a photo of what you’ve made at email@example.com and get 5 entries. Winner Announced May 15!
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Hi I'm Leelee! I'm a botanical artist, educator and owner of Leelee's Garden. I host pop-up plant and flower workshops around the country, do design projects, and share botanical tidbits in my newsletter once or twice a month.
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