Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are the flowers that I think of in the early summer, so I like to decorate with them around this time of year.

Hydrangeas are really fun and quite simple to make.  Just get a styrofoam ball and lots of pins with pearl heads.  Then get several shades of papers to use for your hydrangea.  (It’s hard to see, but he hydrangea in the picture below has light purple and light blue paper.)   If you are making a blue hydrangea, get several shades of blue.  If you are making a pink hydrangea, get several shades of pink.  You get the idea!  I think a variety of shades looks much better than just one, although you could certainly use just one color if you prefer.  Punch lots of small flowers using a punch.  I actually have a hydrangea punch from Martha Stewart that I got years ago at Michael’s, but I’m sure any small flower shape would work.  Then punch a tiny hole in the center of each flower.  Pin each paper flower to the styrofoam ball with the pins.  Be sure to mix up the different shades of paper as you fill in the ball.  Add leaves or ribbon, and you’re all done!

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

My mom recently redid her bathroom with hydrangea towels and accessories, and I loved making some hydrangea pictures for her.

Hydrangea Pictures

Hydrangea Pictures

For the pictures, I had my dad cut the styrofoam balls so that they would be flat on the backs and still fit inside the frames.

These hydrangeas are a fun and easy project that look great everywhere.  And they are perfect for summer!

Poem of the Month: Year End Book

The June project for the poems of the month is to compile all of the poems from the year into a little book.  I liked to save all the poems the kids had written all year in a file for each kid.  Then at the end of the school year I would punch holes in the top of each poem and tie them together with a ribbon.  It made a really nice little keepsake to send home with the children at the end of the school year.  I will admit it took a little time to file all the poems each month and then quite a bit of time to tie them all into books, but they are so special for the kids and families to have when they are all finished that it’s totally worth it.