Here's another project for the classroom. I pinned a colorful birthday party on pinterest and my co-teacher said she loved the colored flowers in the colored buckets. She was picturing them on our window sills. It was something I hadn't even noticed, but did like them when I went back and looked. I figured I could make my own version.
Here's the inspiration photo, from Colorful Crayon Themed Birthday Party on Hostest With the Mostest.
Now that I've spent more time looking at it, I think I want that bunting too!
My classroom budget said smaller containers and fewer flowers. I painted the inside of some mason jars I already had on hand. You sort of just glop some paint inside and thin it with a tiny touch of water. Then you roll the paint around in the jar until its covered. It takes two days at least to dry. I really like this look, how the gloss of the glass is still there on the outside.
I found some fall flowers on sale at Michaels. Each bundle had two to three colors of flowers. I bought three of each color combo and switch the flower heads around until they were all one color.
The green wasn't green enough, and there was white, and I really wanted blue and the red was a little too maroon. I considered spray paint and dye and using a brush to paint. After I started painting the jars, I had extra paint on hand.
I watered the paint down a little more and put it in a plastic bowl. I dipped the blooms in and swooshed around to coat. This picture shows the very last one. There was more paint at the start. I also kept the bundles together, except this first one which I unknowingly cut apart.
Then I hung them to dry inside a plastic bag. I ended up cutting the sides down after they weren't the first night. I rigged this up hanging it from my ironing board. I have linoleum in my sewing room, it's the only floor in the house that I don't care so much for and risked some drips.
The white flowers became blue and the sage/light hunter green flowers became a nice primary green. The maroon became a nice red. I had the jars on hand as well as the paint. I only had to buy flowers. With my teacher discount at Michaels, I think I have about $7 in this project. Now that I know I can paint the flowers, I probably could have picked some up at the dollar store, but I think I'd have about the same amount in it.