Having a few girlfriends over after a long walk is as simple as stopping at the bakery, pouring some juice and making several cappuccinos. The fun part was setting the table and making mini floral bouquets for everyone take home with them on this first day of Spring. We used Decorative Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan to make dip-dyed vases using re-purposed mustard jars. I have always loved the shape of Maille Dijon Mustard jars. We use dijon as part of our three-ingredient salad dressing.
First, it’s important to tell you about this special shade of green that Annie Sloan calls Lem Lem. You can watch this video to learn more about the paint, the place that inspired the color and the mission to help support Oxfam.
After removing the labels and running the jars through the dishwasher a few times I simply tied some twine to the top of each jar and dipped the jar into a shallow bowl of the paint. To remove a little of the excess paint I set it onto paper and gave it a twist. It removed only excess and the bottom was still fully covered in paint. Then I hung it on a drying rack with paper placed beneath it and let it dry for an entire day.
To make small arrangements, fill the jars about half way with water. Remove any leaves from the stems below the water line. Cut stems short, being careful not to go too short. Add in a little fresh greenery like the variegated stems of leaves, one large flower like a rose, a smaller bloom or two like ranunculus, and maybe a billy ball or two. There’s no rules for color, just mix whatever you like.
Dip-Dyed Mustard Jars as Vases for Mini Bouquets
Watercolor Stripes for Tags & Place Cards
Simple painted stripes onto thick watercolor paper always makes a pretty tag or a place card and it takes just a couple of minutes. As you can see, I never worry too much about matching colors perfectly!
Mix Colored Candles with Fresh Flowers for Spring
I prefer small homes and small flower arrangements. But even my friends with big houses will love a little bouquet for a powder room or a corner of their desk. You might like this post too!
Flowers are from Stems & CO in Rowayton, CT
Happy Spring! xo annie