How I Gave Myself Free Flowers

Check out these beautiful tulips that I received today!

Free flowers vase recycling

Colorful tulips remind me of Spring!

How did I get them?  While I have been tempted to buy myself tulips to help escape the winter-blahs, I have been distracted by a clean- and purge-my-house-of-things-kick, meaning no time or need for flowers.  Fortunately, I found a way for my de-cluttering to payoff with free flowers.

It was simple – I had several glass vases collecting dust in my basement. On the bottom two vases, I found a clear sticker with the contact info for a local florist. I called them up and asked them if they re-cycled vases, and she said that they did, giving fresh flowers in return. AWESOME!

This was such a win-win-win situation: I get rid of excessive vases I don’t want, AND get fresh flowers in return. A win for the florist: they are able to stock up on vases in time for Valentine’s Day at a minimal cost (I assume)! And a win for the earth is always recycling! Finally, it was a win for Daddy O., who will not buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day (though admittedly he wouldn’t anyway after years of me telling him not to because they are so ridiculously marked up for the holiday, and I’d rather do something together as a couple instead of receiving a gift).

Search your own home and see if your local florist recycles vases too!

For organizing and spring cleaning tips, see my post from last January when a dear friend helped me organize my living room / toy chaos.

Creative Kid’s Art Recycling

I like breaking out the art materials for my daughter.  Last time we had the crayons out, my 1 year son even grabbed one and did some scribbling.  Concentrating on an art project can quiet and calm kiddos like magic!  My daughter has cut paper for 45 minutes non-stop – incredible, right?!  She just likes to cut paper.  I’ve tried introducing the collage concept, but glue sticks just aren’t her thing right now. We have  a lot of scrap paper around and receive old office paper from my mom, but still I wanted to do SOMETHING with the pieces.  So I came up with this cute card idea.

Paper scraps

Heart collage card

We also had a lot of fun finger painting and tracing hands a few times.  The finished pieces were cute for sure.  I turned them into big flowers to decorate my daughter’s bedroom.  I’m glad I took pictures of this because the next day she ended up tearing them down during her “nap” time.  Sigh…I guess the next room decor is only one more art project away.

Handprint Flower

homemade flower decor

Other Project Ideas to check out: