The Queen Bee recently turned six and one of the gifts I gave her was this set of upcycled bottles. I know some of you are giggling now, as you realize that I have just given beer bottles to my six year old to play with. Yes, this is what happens when you spend too much time on Pinterest, I suppose.
But my daughter doesn’t know what beer is and she joyfully accepted this gift. And then she spread the love amongst our family by presenting everyone with flowers for their rooms. Even her brothers, the very same brothers that she spends a part of every day in conflict with, received flowers. And that, you see, is the whole idea.
I was inspired by this craft from The Colorful Living Project, but what made me make this for my daughter was a post I read by Amy at Teach Mama. Amy decided to show her young daughter a way to spread love amongst her siblings by giving her little vases decorated with ribbons and some flowers to arrange. Please do go and read Amy’s post to find out how she planned this project to help her daughter step aside from bickering with her siblings and show them what a great little sister she is. Oh, I knew, as soon as I saw Amy’s post, that this was an amazing antidote to, what often seems to me, an overwhelming amount of sibling squabbles in our house.
It was so simple to spray paint the bottles and tie a little ribbon around each one. She even, unknowingly, picked the paint color when I told her, in the craft store, that I needed paint for a project and what color did she like best? I covered the cardboard caddy with scrapbooking paper.
The Queen Bee loves all things flowers and I knew she would be so happy to have her own set of little vases. She is my child who is most likely to bring flowers she has picked into the house and ask for something to put them in.
I love that she gave her big brother, source of much of the sibling bickering in our house, not one, but two of the flower-filled vases. Then she put one in her little brother’s room, one in Mommy and Daddy’s room, one in her room and one in the bathroom.
We can put the bottles back in the carrier when this set of flowers has wilted and the they will be ready to go for her next picking adventure. Which got me to thinking…
This is a great way to show love to siblings and parents but what about neighbors? Or taking a dozen or so over to the nearest senior community and passing them out to some folks who could use a smile. Or maybe for teachers. My kids are homeschooled but they have many teachers: music teachers, sports coaches and many more. Maybe one week we will bring a little vase of flowers to each of their activities and present it to their teachers.
For now, I am going to enjoy the little flower that my daughter lovingly placed on my bedside table, which is a really nice way to end the day.