Bouquet-of-the-Day Garden Stake
Set this outdoor flower vase in your backyard, and you can display fresh blooms all summer long.
To make one, you need 4 to 6 wide rubber bands large, a clean jar (we used a quart-size jar), and a sturdy stick at least 3 feet high. Use garden shears to trim a point at the stick's bottom end, then push it into ground.
Make these nibble-worthy spring treats with your favorite cookie monster.
You will need:
- Sugar cookie dough
- 3-inch flower cookie cutter
- Apple corer or plastic bottle cap
- Parchment paper
- 6-inch lollipop sticks (available at craft stores)
- Life Savers (hard, not gummy)
1. Heat the oven to 350?. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
2. Cut the flowers, then cut and remove center circles with the apple corer or bottle cap.
3. On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, lay out the lollipop sticks about 5 inches apart. Place a flower on each stick so that the stick's end is visible in the hole. Set a candy in each hole.
4. Bake the cookies until they are lightly browned. Let them cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet.
Posy Sewing Kit
When all the supplies are stashed in this sweet holder, stitching stray buttons or a quick hem becomes a lot more fun. This kit makes a thoughtful gift for teachers, grandmothers, or anyone who deserves a little handmade love.
You will need:
- Cotton fabric
- Half-pint canning jar with lid ring and lid center
- Tacky glue
- Flower template
- Stiff and regular felt
- Sewing supplies
1. Lay the fabric wrong side up and place the lid ring on top of it. Mark a circle 1 inch wider than the ring, then cut it out.
2. Stack the lid elements as shown at left. Push the lid center down so that it fits into the ring. Glue the excess fabric taut to the lid center's underside.
3. Trace the flower template onto the stiff felt, then cut out the shape. Slip the flower over the lid ring, letting it rest on the ring's rolled metal lip.
4. Cut a 3/8- by 9 1/4-inch strip of regular felt. Run a line of glue onto the strip, then press it into place on the lid ring. Let it dry, then fill the jar with sewing supplies and screw on the lid.
Originally published in the May 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.