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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Aging Dollar Store Flowers



I have this cute milk can that needed a little something but I didn't want to spend much so while visiting Dollar Tree I spied these yellow cheap silk flowers.


I thought they would be great but they needed to be toned down a bit and given a bit more of and "aged" look.

So here's a tip. Take a pan and soak some tea bags good and strong. I think I used five. I just left them for a couple of hours turning them in the tea every once in a while as I walked by.




Let them dry and arranged them in my cow can. I think they look a little richer and a little less Dollar store now.



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26 comments:

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...

Smart trick! And I like your springy header, btw =)

Mary Redo said...

What a smart idea, they look like completely different flowers, so much better!

Mary

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Instant coffee will give them a rich tone too - and I think it's easier than tea.

Dawn said...

I have never heard that tip for aging silk flowers, brilliant idea:)

Kris said...

Tea staining is great for adding age to things. I have aged a lot of fabric this way for quilting too!! Love the look!
How is Q?
xo Kris

Barbara F. said...

Great tip! xo

Susan said...

Great idea. They look nice. Susan

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

silly question - but i have to ask - do the flowers now smell like tea? what a great idea. curious where you learned it from - a friend? old wives tale, as they call it? ( :

Debra @ Homespun said...

Clever! :)

martinealison said...

C'est vraiment une très bonne idée... merci pour le partage.
Gros bisous

Linda said...

Tea stain is a great tip...instant coffee works great too...darker though. Never tried it on fabric flowers though...wonderful idea! Have a great day!!

Chenille Cottage said...

Such a great way to give silk flowers a timeless look. Your technique has softened the look in such a wonderful way.
Thanks for sharing, Elaine.
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a neat idea! Great frugal tip!

NanaDiana said...

Great idea for toning them down. They look great! xo Diana

RobynFromSimplyme said...

I think they flowers look great and I LOVE that can!.. My Ex mother in law used to dye her easter eggs that way with tea bags..

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hi Elaine... such a good tip......I've used this on paper, too.........your flowers look good....
Barb xxx

Nicole @ Mendez Manor said...

I'll have to remember this one! Pinning it now! Thanks for sharing :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Great idea! Love the new (oops, I mean OLD) look.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Beth to answer your question, they did at first when still wet but once they dried I didn't really smell much of anything. Someone mentioned using coffee too. This is an old trick to age fabrics that those of us that love prims have been using a long time.

nancy said...

I've done that too, but just painted it on, uses less tea...

Krystie Bohmer said...

How did you ever think of doing that? Just from the pics they look less fake! great idea!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Sweet little arrangement, Elaine. How's everyone feeling in your home?

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I have tea-dyed a lot of things but never thought to try "silk" flowers! What a great tip. I wanted some new florals also but didn't want to spend much. I loved your cute vignette on your front porch too, how charming and perfect for spring. We're having beautiful spring weather and Abby is home for spring break but we're all sick! Oh well at least we are all together :) Hope your little one is feeling better.
xo, Andrea

Kim said...

Great tip! Love them!! Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Great tip! Love them! Thanks for sharing!!

kavilla87 said...

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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