Wonderful Rainbow Thistle Decoration To Brighten Your Home

4 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

Did you know that the thistle is the national flower of Scotland? It's one of my favourite flowers too, but I might be biased as my mother is Scottish. Also every morning I walk the my dog along the river bank where rows and rows of wild thistles grow. I love them both when they are in full purple bloom and when they have dried on the plant.


I decided to pick some of the dried thistles and create a fabulous bright and colourful decoration for my home to celebrate both my love of thistles and my Scottish heritage.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

These are just a few of the hundreds of thistles I see on my morning dog walk.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

I picked seven of these thistles for this craft. You will need gloves and secateurs. Be careful thistles are a prickly plant.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

I love a rainbow and often use them in my interior decorations like these very popular tall succulent planters (see here). That is why I decided to spray paint each thistle a different colour of the rainbow.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

Next I sawed a thick wooden broom handle into seven pieces about 2-3 inches in length.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

Using a drill with a thickish drill bit, I drilled a hole in the center of each piece of wood. I drilled a hole to a depth of a least 1 inch.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

Next, I sanded and stained each of these wooden blocks.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

I then cut the stems of the each coloured thistle to just over 1 inch in length.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

Next, I placed one thistle into each wooden block.

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

Finally, I arranged the thistles into a rainbow sequence on my mantle piece. They really brighten up my living room and go with some of the other fabulous rainbow crafts and DIY's I have in my home (see them here).

wonderful rainbow thistle decoration to brighten your home

For more photos and craft ideas visit my blog. Link at the end.

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1 question
  • Val
    on Jul 12, 2019

    Could you pretty please show a photo of the print above your beautiful dried flowers? I see Dr Who and I am intrigued.

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  • Meem Kaplan
    on Jul 15, 2019

    I love Teasels!!! Next to Artichoke they are my favorite even though they aren't edible. Love how they bloom lavender, too. I've been wondering what to do with mine. Someone tossed some seed a few years ago and I've been having fun watching and picking them. Thanks for the idea!

  • Kat Rogers
    on Aug 3, 2019

    SUPER CUTE!

    I, too, am Quite Partial to Rainbows~ I Love Color SO Much that when I just cannot make a decision as to WHAT COLOR(S) to use~ I'll Just Choose A🌈.

    OK~ Now, could you possibly Please send Me some of Those Fabby Thistles?

    Ha Ha!

    Thanks for sharing. Now I Must check out your other crafts!

    ❤💖💗💛💚💙💜🐈

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