Step 1: Go on a stick hunting adventure in your backyard or local park. (this was my son's favorite part, except he kept finding borderline logs instead of sticks and insisted on lugging them back with us as well. So you are prewarned, you may need a wagon for this adventure if you are bringing a small friend.)
Step 2: Pick out some fun yarn colors from your stash.
Step 3: Break your sticks down to the sizes you want for the flower stems and wrap with yarn. (you may need to clean them off a bit before you do this). The wrap technique is simple, tie an overhand knot at the end and start wrapping tightly up, covering the knot tail as you go. When you get to the top, just tie another overhand knot and cut the yarn. It doesnt matter if you see a little bit of the stick since it will be covered with the flower.
Step 4: Make Pom-Poms for your flowers. You can either use the old fashion method of cutting cardboard donuts or use a pom-pom maker, like I did (Previous DIY on how to do this HERE).
Step 5: Grab your trusty Hot glue gun and put a glob of glue on the end that you want the flower to sit, separate the yarn ends with your finger to make a spot for the stick to go as close to the center as possible, and then press the flower on. At this point, I also added some fun ribbon ties to create a leaf look (felt leaves would also be cute)
Step 6: Arrange however you please. I had a little glass vase on hand which I filled with scrap yarn and arranged my bouquet in, but they could also be tied together with a cute ribbon for the birthday girl to put in her own style of vase.
There you have it, a simple cheap way to give a gift from the heart that will last so much longer than real flowers. Plus it's a wonderful way to decorate your home with bright cheeriness when the cold winter months come around.
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