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AZ Isn't Green, But These Are...

I follow a lot of great bloggers out there who live in really charming neighborhoods, surrounded by lush green landscaping...but as you've seen, my track-home neighborhood is as far from Pleasantville as it could possibly be.  Oh well, my mother always told me "it's what's on the inside that counts," and I believe in that statement!

Just because I will never have the gorgeous green landscaping outdoors does not mean that I can't incorporate this vibrant color around my home.  In fact, green has become one of my favorite accent colors!

You saw me use a bright green on my lamp-redo-project, and I loved how these lamps turned out, but to make an even bigger statement within the room I knew that I needed to implement more green.  Using accent pieces that compliment one another when it comes to color is a major element for creating a cohesive feeling within a space.  Nothing says that everything has to be matchy-matchy, but the tones should be close enough that it seems as though the items came as a set.

The other day, I found these small ice-cream dishes in the dollar section at Target:

Though the concept of an ice-cream cone looking ice-cream dish was cute, I had other plans for these babies.

While I was working on my mirror make-over, I took a few moments to touch up the finish on these dishes too (might as well go for it...I already had the paint).

Originally, I thought that the green color in the center of the dishes might work well in the space, but once I got them home I realized it was a bit darker than I wanted.  No biggie, though.  Easy fix.

First, I coated the dishes with primer and white spray-paint (Rust-o-leum brand)...

Next, I used Frog's tape to tape off beneath the top rim of the dishes...

Then I used plastic grocery bags (and more Frog tape) to cover the bottom portion of the dishes.

Once everything had been taped off, I used some left-over spray-paint from my lamp makeover project to coat the inside of each dish, and the top rim.  When everything had dried, I wound up with something like this:

(Sorry about the flash.  I ran out of daylight.)

Even though the dishes alone would have made a cute addition to my guest bedroom, I had bigger plans.  I wanted to turn them into mini-flower arrangements, so I purchased two artificial flower stems from Michaels (at 60% off!) for around $4.00 each.

I also used some Styrofoam that I've had sitting in storage for several years (hey, you never know when you might need something.  I couldn't throw it out, and it's a good thing I didn't!)

After cutting the Styrofoam into some cubes, and pulling off the flowers from the artificial stem, I was ready to get crafty!

First, I placed some of the Styrofoam at the bottom of each dish...

Next, I used the berry-looking artificials and coiled them on top of the Styrofoam.  Because they were in short strands, they kept popping up, so I used wire cutters to cut the artificial plant stems to make some pins...

Snip off the "branches"...

Pull of the leaves...

Clip, bend, and pin!

Once the berries were in place, I clipped more of the artificial stems in 4 inch segments and used them to add some length, and pinning power to the artificial flowers.

Then I grouped the artificial flowers together into three little bundles (like the one above) and pinned them into position at the center of each dish.

Viola!  Mini topiaries!

I love how they turned out, and they were so simple to make!  All-together, the entire project cost me around $11.00.  However, this doesn't include the spray-paint, or the tape since I already had those supplies on hand.

Here is what they look like with the lamp...

I don't plan to pair them together in a grouping, but you can see how they will correlate with the lamps. 

So, what do you think?  Have any of you made some accessories lately?  How about floral arrangements?  I'm finding that it is more rewarding to make things like this to use as accessories then it is to purchase them.  Each time I look at these, I'm going to remember that they were custom-made...by me...and for me.

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