Best Organizing Trick For Your Faux Florals

3 Materials
$15
2 Hours
Easy

I admit it. I am one lucky, lucky lady with the size of our “craft room” (yes, also storage room, utility room, laundry room). But I have a problem.Whether purses, closets or craft rooms, no matter how big, I will fill it, and then fill it just a “tiny bit” more!That's okay as long as it's organized and easily visible and accessible. Working to find and access your supplies can spoil the fun of making and really squelch the creativity!!!! Right?There are lots of places to find areas for organization tricks and hacks.Here I use the side of my HVAC unit or even just a column of ductwork would do.And have another great storage hack that involves looking up. It's overhead, but still so easy to use with "conveyor belt like" functionality. Check it out, also!
So let's start with these easy, inexpensive supplies:
  • Heavy cardboard tubes
  • Ceramic disc magnets
  • Glue (Gorilla glue or E6000)
Cut your cardboard tubes, I used a narrow one from a large gift wrap roll and two beefier ones from rolls of decor fabric.. I used a hack saw. Of course a chop saw would work even better. I eye-balled it and cut the tubes in lengths of 8 – 12-inches. (I started with 5 – 9″, but just didn’t like them as well). 
Now glue your magnets onto the tubes; rather, glue your tubes onto the magnets!Use two magnets per tube or else your tubes will rotate sideways due to being top heavy. Here’s where you learn from my mistakes — you’re welcome!It’s much easier to lay your magnets out in columns of two. And be sure to leave plenty of space between each pair or the magnets will pull each other out of whack.
Now add a drop of glue to each magnet. Gorilla glue worked fine, but for the second batch, the longer tubes, I used E6000 and I think it was a bit easier.
Gently place a tube on each pair of magnets. Let them lay there for several hours.
Once your glue is good and set, Plop those tubes all over your big hunking HVAC unit, or maybe just a a column of duct work that you have available.
Now your stems will be readily accessible and visible. Hopefully, you won’t be running out to get new stems when you have an itch  such as this. For me, I can just go to me own turquoise flower wall and start creating.It was looking good! But . . . .
. . . . . I decided these tubes needed just a touch of tissue peeking out of them.Two reasons. For function, to help keep any particularly thin stems from sliding right through. For form, it just takes me a small step closer to floral-sidewalk-vendor styling,Now for the fun! Distribute and arrange your tubes of flowers — by color? by season? by thriller vs. filler vs. spiller? You decide what works best for you! I started by staggering the tube placement to maximize storage. But I have plenty of space and it was looking a bit helter skelter. I wanted it more purposeful, more rhythmic, easier on the eye. I even have some empty tubes, but I’m sure there are more to be found as I continue organizing this room.
For now, it’s a bit more structured. And I love this greeting I receive every time I walk in our crafting room.It is such a creative boost to be able to see all the stems I have available when I want to change out a vignette, or a wreath, or a tablescape.I plan on getting some clear cellophane bags at the dollar store to cover them and keep them dust free. But for now, I’m enjoying the almost Parisian-sidewalk-flower-vendor feeling I get with my tall vintage shutters and the variety of flowers ready and waiting.
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  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen
    5 hours ago

    This is really cool! I might do this on a smaller scale and wrap them in yarn, fabric strips and such. I love the foundation of the tubes, but prefer each one to be a bit more colorful. This looks stunning, tho'!!

  • Thanks Sandra for your kind words!

    Yes! Decorate those tubes up!

    I did want to decorate my tubes, but time was pressing. If I get back to them, I plan to spray paint them like galvanized steel, or maybe farmhouse black. Both are reminiscent of the vessels used by the sidewalk flower vendors.

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