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September 2009 Newsletter
by Donna Dawson
September 19, 2009

How-To Tips from The Do-It-Yourself   
She Sells Seashells

Put about a third of a block of pre-soaked floral foam into a water tight container. Here I used a plastic deli tray. Be sure the foam is level with the top of your outer container. Add water to the smaller container and place it into the glass cube. Then add sand to the cube (available at most hardware stores for about $5.00 for 50 pounds). Leave your foam exposed until you've added your flowers. I used six lily stems here, but you could go with a minimalist look and use fewer. Or try a different flower – maybe glads, sunflowers or dahlias. Once your flowers are in place, cover the foam with sand. Nestle a few shells in the sand, hot glue a couple to the cube, maybe add a starfish or two, and scatter some on the table. You can almost hear the waves crashing on the shore!

For step-by-step instructions on how to create over 50 designs like this, go to and check out Linda Estill’s book and ebook, “Flowers Made Simple”.

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